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Forum: Fish   Yesterday, 03:25 PM
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Posted By discuspaul
Yes, you should become a member of...

Yes, you should become a member of simplydiscus.com and do a lot of research there before attempting to keep expensive discus.
Suggest you could start by reading my comprehensive 'Beginner's Guide...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-09-2016, 02:55 PM
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Views: 10,211
Posted By discuspaul
Very wise approach.

Very wise approach.
Forum: Equipment   08-09-2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 585
Posted By discuspaul
A UV can actually rid your tank of green dust...

A UV can actually rid your tank of green dust algae - I've done it.
All you need to do is keep wiping the dust off the glass or anything else it's attached to, in order to get it free-flowing into...
Forum: Equipment   08-08-2016, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 585
Posted By discuspaul
I have a JBJ Submariner UV - 15w - in a 75 gal...

I have a JBJ Submariner UV - 15w - in a 75 gal discus tank - which is sufficient to deal with pathogens, given that the flow rate needs to be low to provide sufficient exposure time by the uv rays.
...
Forum: Equipment   08-07-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 585
Posted By discuspaul
UV's are commonly used to improve water quality &...

UV's are commonly used to improve water quality & conditions in reef tanks, so they are apparently quite beneficial in salt water set-ups.

I've used one 24/7 for years in my fw discus tanks to...
Forum: Equipment   07-23-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 596
Posted By discuspaul
Best heaters available, imo. Been using them for...

Best heaters available, imo. Been using them for years - extremely efficient, reliable and accurate.
Forum: Fish   07-16-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By discuspaul
You should be ok so long as the angels are not...

You should be ok so long as the angels are not larger than the discus, or that the angels don't outnumber the discus.
If you have either of the 2 conditions above, the angels MAY prove to be more...
Forum: Equipment   07-13-2016, 08:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By discuspaul
Not sure if you were talking to me or not - but...

Not sure if you were talking to me or not - but as a 'for example', I use 2 AC 110 HOB filters in my 75 gal discus tank, and I place one Purigen bag in each filter. I also have 2 others wating n...
Forum: Equipment   07-13-2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By discuspaul
I too have used the bags usually available @...

I too have used the bags usually available @ PetSmart stores for years (they come in 2 sizes) for holding Purigen - however they're not very fine mesh, so as was said you can lose some of the Purigen...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-01-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By discuspaul
At bigbox stores and fabric stores it's called...

At bigbox stores and fabric stores it's called polyester quilt batting, and is inexpensive - just be sure it contains no fire retardants or other chemicals.
Forum: Photography   06-30-2016, 02:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
If any of you discus lovers out there, or wannabe...

If any of you discus lovers out there, or wannabe discus-keepers, have any questions about having these beautiful fish, or want any advice on where to get them, or how to raise or keep them...
Forum: Fish   06-27-2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 111
Posted By discuspaul
Good to hear that.

Good to hear that.
Forum: Fish   06-27-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By discuspaul
Re: the first paragraph above: I fully agree...

Re: the first paragraph above:
I fully agree that SAE's may, on occasion, take a liking to discus' slime coats as part of their diet - it's happened to me - more than once. This usually occurs when...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   06-24-2016, 02:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 736
Posted By discuspaul
I've used Purigen 24/7 in all my tanks for years,...

I've used Purigen 24/7 in all my tanks for years, and swear by it for crystal water clarity and improved water quality & conditions through effective adsorption of undesirable dissolved matter.
...
Forum: Fish   06-24-2016, 01:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 689
Posted By discuspaul
Get Cardinals rather than Neons - I've had both -...

Get Cardinals rather than Neons - I've had both - several times for each over the Years.
In my experience with them, Cardinals are in fact hardier than Neons over the longer term, can tolerate a...
Forum: Algae   06-23-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,542
Posted By discuspaul
Agree. I've used a UV sterilizer with great...

Agree.
I've used a UV sterilizer with great success. It destroyed all of the GDA in a 75 gal tank in a matter of just a few days.
All you need do is get it free-floating often so the UV can pick it...
Forum: Fish   06-21-2016, 02:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By discuspaul
Interesting - do you have any other photos of...

Interesting - do you have any other photos of your discus to share with us ?
Forum: Photography   06-16-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Depends on lighting & the camera - and the...

Depends on lighting & the camera - and the picture taker.
Forum: Photography   06-11-2016, 03:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Very nice photos & good-looking discus ! Thanks...

Very nice photos & good-looking discus ! Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-09-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 831
Posted By discuspaul
For most tropical fish species, under 40 ppm is...

For most tropical fish species, under 40 ppm is considered acceptable, but more preferably under 30 ppm.
For Discus, Angels, Cardinal Tetras, certainly not more than 20 ppm, but preferably under 10...
Forum: Photography   06-07-2016, 03:25 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Absolutely low-tech- root tab ferts in the sand,...

Absolutely low-tech- root tab ferts in the sand, and occasional Excel dosing - low/medium lighting 7 hrs./day.

Plants:
Anubias, Crypts, various Echinodorous (Swords), Jumbo Grasses, Vals, Sags,...
Forum: Photography   06-07-2016, 02:24 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Here's another pic: ...

Here's another pic:

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/redrubys/rubyreds006.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/discuspaul/media/redrubys/rubyreds006.jpg.html)

And one more:...
Forum: Photography   06-07-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
No problem - you didn't steer the thread away -...

No problem - you didn't steer the thread away - no apology needed.
I use a simple LFS store bought medium/dark blue plastic tank backing.
You can get black as well.

I'll see if I can find some...
Forum: Photography   06-06-2016, 10:51 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Thanks for the kind words, my friend.

Thanks for the kind words, my friend.
Forum: Photography   06-06-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,388
Posted By discuspaul
Don't ever be concerned about giving it a go-...

Don't ever be concerned about giving it a go- it's far less daunting than many people would have you believe.
Do it right - follow a few 'rules' - get quality stock, and it's fairly easy!
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