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Old 09-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #31
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Discus picking tips? Its best to go through a breeder...Im in contact with several right now trying to get myself some. Its the culmination of reading about discus for my whole fish keeping life. Now its looking like I might have some within the week.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:44 PM   #32
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nobody really addressed the dead tetra issue, but tannis leaching from wood wouldn't have killed them. Was your tank actually cycled before you added the fish? You mentioned adding the fish to get the cycle started, i would check your water parameters before adding anything else.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:48 PM   #33
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i have been doing 50% water changes every day since then and i know it wasn't a cycling issue because only the tetras died. The corys were perfectly fine...
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:08 AM   #34
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Looks good so far, sorry for your losses but glad the cories are doing fine! Can't wait to see it when it's planted and my all time favorite species of fish (discus) go in.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:13 PM   #35
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Tetras are a fish you don't cycle with.when ammonia spikes they are the first to respond to it and left undetected they will die. Cories are much hardier in the sense but will still be effected. I have used cories many times to cycle because they are always a fish I'm going to have long term.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:14 PM   #36
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I think you have grossly underestimated the size of the swords you've picked based on your drawing....
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:01 AM   #37
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Planted!



I am not crazy about the left side yet...mainly cause the e. tenelus is in the emersed form and is really tall (I have read that it will loose these leaves are grow back smaller ones? i am hoping so....) The hard scape kind of fell a little bit and isn't quite the same, but it works, and once the plants grow good roots in i think i will be able to move things around a bit. Everything is kind of one height so i am anxious to get things growing in. Does look better though with some green in there and my apistos are loving all of the hiding places.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:25 PM   #38
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Can't wait for growth either for you.i can see why you would be do anxious
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:43 PM   #39
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Those are E. tennellus "normal" and will remain tall. If you want something short, try E. tennellus "micro". They're a red plant but will stay 3" tall max and form a nice foreground. Both plants grow like your everyday weed, super fast (under high light).
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:41 PM   #40
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mary at sweet aquatics said that those leaves will melt and new shorter more compact leaves will grow back...I hope so atleast. I have 4x55 watt kit from AH supply under the hood...
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:44 PM   #41
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They should be fine really.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:05 AM   #42
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I picked up a 6 ft. hampton bay rope light from home depot and installed it in the canopy for a moonlight of sorts. It looks great in person and we messed around with my wife's canon 5d till we got a shot that somewhat resembled what it looks like in person. I am assuming that it is ok to run this light 24/7? I dont want to have to put this on a timer...

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Old 09-29-2010, 05:31 AM   #43
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Could cause some algae but I think a timer would be smart
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:36 AM   #44
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i think the photo is even brighter than in real life...each bulb is .25 watts and the are every inch of the rope light (total of 18 watts)...unless it is completely dark you cannot tell they are even on...
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:06 AM   #45
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Oh rope light....nevermind ur fine
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