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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-22-2016, 11:59 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By discuspaul
You should be just fine, Monica, with pH around...

You should be just fine, Monica, with pH around 6.0 with the fish you have.
And since you're using RO water, and assuming you're also doing regular water changes, it wouldn't be unusual to have...
Forum: DIY   09-17-2016, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By discuspaul
Also in many craft/gift stores you can find fine...

Also in many craft/gift stores you can find fine mesh organza cloth bags (in various sizes) which are used to contain wedding or birthday gifts, etc.
They are very durable and easily contain the...
Forum: Substrate   09-13-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 103
Posted By discuspaul
How about this ? Quartz-based silica white pool...

How about this ? Quartz-based silica white pool filter sand.


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/FTS-Osaka260/CopyofFTS-saka260007.jpg...
Forum: Substrate   09-11-2016, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 325
Posted By discuspaul
Agree 100%. No one who wants sand for a...

Agree 100%.
No one who wants sand for a substrate should use play sand !


Pool filter sand is the only way to go for sand substrate in an aquarium.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-11-2016, 02:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By discuspaul
It's a bit hard to believe that 1" of soil-type...

It's a bit hard to believe that 1" of soil-type substrate capped with 1.5" of pea sized gravel would develop anaerobic gas pockets in only 2 months time, although I must say that a total of 2.5" of...
Forum: DIY   09-08-2016, 10:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By discuspaul
The facts are that I've only lost a very small...

The facts are that I've only lost a very small number of beads when using just a single Petsmart bag. But I've not lost a single bead when using doubled-up Petsmart bags in approx. 5 years of using...
Forum: DIY   09-08-2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By discuspaul
Most PetSmart stores sell fine mesh bags in 2...

Most PetSmart stores sell fine mesh bags in 2 different sizes - 2 to a bag, for under $2. a bag.
They're not quite fine enough to fully contain the tiny Purigen beads - so just double the bags up...
Forum: Substrate   09-07-2016, 07:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,680
Posted By discuspaul
While it may not be the ideal substrate to...

While it may not be the ideal substrate to optimize plant growth, I suggest that pool filter sand will serve you well in several respects in a larger tank, namely:
- cost - @ around $12. for a 50...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-06-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 545
Posted By discuspaul
Even if you use some filter media from another...

Even if you use some filter media from another established tank, 2 weeks may still not be enough time to fully cycle, unless conditions are ideal (pH well above 7.0, temp in the 70's F) and the...
Forum: Substrate   09-05-2016, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 753
Posted By discuspaul
P.S. re; pfs: The white PF sand in the photo of...

P.S. re; pfs:
The white PF sand in the photo of my post # 8 above had been in that tank for well over a year, and was kept looking clean by removing & replacing the top layer approx. every 4 months...
Forum: Substrate   09-05-2016, 09:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 753
Posted By discuspaul
You're quite right, of course -- but you can...

You're quite right, of course -- but you can easily mitigate this problem.
About every 3 or 4 months, just siphon off approx. 10% to 15% of the slightly dirtied top layer of sand, and replace it...
Forum: Substrate   09-05-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 753
Posted By discuspaul
I've kept discus, on & off, for over 35 years and...

I've kept discus, on & off, for over 35 years and can assure you they're not at all hard to keep IF you do it right. If you ever want to give them a try, I'd be happy to help you out by telling you...
Forum: Substrate   09-04-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 753
Posted By discuspaul
Just so you can see what light colored PFS looks...

Just so you can see what light colored PFS looks like against a dark background (dark blue), here it is:


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h357/discuspaul/FTS-Osaka260/CopyofFTS-saka260007.jpg...
Forum: Fish   08-24-2016, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 231
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
Replies: 91
Views: 10,610
Posted By discuspaul
Very wise approach.

Very wise approach.
Forum: Equipment   08-09-2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 677
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: 677
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: 677
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: 686
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: 356
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: 557
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: 557
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: 230
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: 5,532
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: 122
Posted By discuspaul
Good to hear that.

Good to hear that.
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