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Forum: Plants   Yesterday, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By discuspaul
I had grown several varieties of Nymphaea over a...

I had grown several varieties of Nymphaea over a few years, and found that it was difficult, if not impossible, to allow stems to rise to the surface, while at the same time also having low, bushy...
Forum: Algae   05-20-2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 353
Posted By discuspaul
Hydrogen peroxide (H202) works like a charm -...

Hydrogen peroxide (H202) works like a charm - I've used it several times over the years.
The method to use is specific - turn off filtration, & reduce water level if need be, to allow you to dose...
Forum: Equipment   05-15-2017, 02:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 447
Posted By discuspaul
Hey, you can get good sturdy bags @ PetSmart...

Hey, you can get good sturdy bags @ PetSmart stores - 2 to a bag ( in 2 different sizes) for just a couple of $ - not very fine mesh, but just double them up and they'll do the job nicely and last a...
Forum: Fish   05-09-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By discuspaul
Can't really tell from the pics which are not...

Can't really tell from the pics which are not sharp enough.

But on surface, it just looks like a genetic or growth abnormality in the generally smooth arc of the forehead.

There does not appear...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-04-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By discuspaul
I've never had Buce and although they're said to...

I've never had Buce and although they're said to be a slower growth plant, there seems no reason why they couldn't fare reasonably well in a low tech minimalist decor discus tank.
They are rather...
Forum: Plants   05-03-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By discuspaul
Here's another Ludwigia on the right hand side. ...

Here's another Ludwigia on the right hand side.

But there's also nothing wrong with what you call the 'lilies that grow out of the PetsMart bulbs': They're Nymphaea - Red Tiger Lotuses and they're...
Forum: Fish   04-30-2017, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 626
Posted By discuspaul
Also, SAE's coloration is limited to an even gray...

Also, SAE's coloration is limited to an even gray color above the bar & off-white/light gray below - throughout, with just the black bar running through the center of the body, whereas Flying Foxes...
Forum: Fish   04-30-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 626
Posted By discuspaul
Willcooper is not correct. And SAE's only have a...

Willcooper is not correct. And SAE's only have a single set of barbels whereas Flying Foxes & "faux sae's" have 2 sets.
SAE's black line normally extends only to the beginning of the tail fin, but...
Forum: Substrate   04-21-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 647
Posted By discuspaul
No. Could be Cabomba or a type of Water Sprite...

No.
Could be Cabomba or a type of Water Sprite - not sure from the pic.
Forum: Equipment   04-21-2017, 03:25 AM
Replies: 3
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Views: 136
Posted By discuspaul
What kind of sand where you using ? Must have...

What kind of sand where you using ?
Must have been very fine-grained & light sand - of low density - like play sand.
You need to clean up your filter, its motor & media, complete rid it of the...
Forum: Substrate   04-21-2017, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 647
Posted By discuspaul
Several varieties of Echinodorus (Swords), Jumbo...

Several varieties of Echinodorus (Swords), Jumbo Vals & Corkscrew Vals, Jumbo Grasses, Anubias, Crypts, Lotuses (Nymphaea), Ludwigia, Hygrophilas, Rotalas, Blyxas, Bacopas, and Sags.
Forum: Fish   04-20-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
82-83 F - no less than that, and usually, no more...

82-83 F - no less than that, and usually, no more than that.
Forum: Fish   04-18-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
There are ways & means of keeping HOB's quiet. ...

There are ways & means of keeping HOB's quiet.
I ran 2 AC 110 HOB's on a discus tank for years, and limited the noise levels to nothing more than a whisper.


Some of the remedying measures are:...
Forum: Fish   04-18-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Yes - Some groups of discus from one supplier can...

Yes - Some groups of discus from one supplier can & do become resistant to certain pathogens, which another group from a different supplier will not be - result: harmful cross-contamination, which...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   04-16-2017, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By discuspaul
That seems to be a really odd reaction by a store...

That seems to be a really odd reaction by a store bought aquarium sand - never seen or heard of anything like it.
Something within the sand (or even outside of it but within the tank) seems to be...
Forum: Fish   04-16-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Exactly. The tendency for canister users is to...

Exactly.
The tendency for canister users is to not maintain them as frequently as hobs or sponges (which are much more easily accessible, and unwanted build-up of wastes within them is much more...
Forum: Fish   04-16-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Very good advice when keeping discus. Bump: ...

Very good advice when keeping discus.

Bump:


Nitrates should be kept under 10 ppms at all times for discus. A regular nitrate level of 20 ppm will likely be stressful for discus. Anything...
Forum: Fish   04-16-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
If you use canister filters, don't neglect a...

If you use canister filters, don't neglect a fairly frequent routine of cleansing/rinsing media, like sponges & bio-balls, etc., or changing media regularly (like filter floss), to maintain the...
Forum: Fish   04-16-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, that can often be bad news if you don't do a...

Yes, that can often be bad news if you don't do a proper and complete quarantine.
Forum: Fish   04-15-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Yes, I've seen photos of a number of discus...

Yes, I've seen photos of a number of discus purchased from Discus 'R' Us, and they are top quality - I too have read several very positive reviews from people who've bought fish from James.


And...
Forum: Fish   04-15-2017, 08:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Oops very sorry, I mistakenly thought your...

Oops very sorry, I mistakenly thought your location was Winnipeg, Canada - my bad.

The best quality supplier closest to you in PA., is Discus Hans in Baltimore, Md. Google that website for contact...
Forum: Fish   04-15-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,362
Posted By discuspaul
Any tank with only a narrow 12" width is far from...

Any tank with only a narrow 12" width is far from ideal for keeping discus, particularly if you want a planted environment.

Go with the 75 which is a much better sized tank all around for keeping...
Forum: Equipment   04-15-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By discuspaul
Ok to add the Purigen now. But keep adding...

Ok to add the Purigen now.
But keep adding ammonia until the day before you plan to add fish.
Forum: Fish   04-13-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By discuspaul
If they're 3 years old, they should already have...

If they're 3 years old, they should already have reached adult coloration, even if they've grown out smaller than the ideally expected adult size of near to 6".
However,their overall coloration will...
Forum: Substrate   04-01-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 647
Posted By discuspaul
Here's an example of PFS bought at a pool supply...

Here's an example of PFS bought at a pool supply store - #20 grade density quartz-based white silica PFS - approx. $10.usd for 50 lbs.
Grows a variety of plants well in a low tech environment, using...
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