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Old 12-27-2010, 02:08 AM   #1
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55 Gallon Discus Bliss


Alright everyone, it's just after Christmas and I figured I'd post a thread of my 55 gallon planted discus tank.

For starters, the equipment:
- 55 gallon used tank and stand ($65 dollar craigslist special!)
- 48" 2x54w t-5HO Current USA fixture
- Eheim 2213 Canister Filter
- TopFin 55 HOB Filter
- 5lb Aluminum CO2 bottle
- Aquariumplants.com electronic regulator
- Heaters

Substrate:
- Play Sand
- Worm castings
- Eco-complete

Flora:
- Blyxa japonica
- Eleocharis Parvulus

Fauna:
- Hans Discus, Blue Diamond (2)
- Red Rainbow, (Glossolepis incisus) (1)
- Boesemani Rainbow (1)
- True Siamese Algae Eater (1)
- Harlequin Rasbora (10ish)
- Rummynose Tetra (4)

This tank has only been set up for just about 3 months. Everything has really filled in since I started the tank.

What I would like to draw your attention to in particular is the substrate. I purchased organic worm castings from a local hydroponic shop and then baked them (to oxidize the organic matter). From there, I mixed it into a 50/50 play sand/worm castings ratio. I put down the mixed substrate and then capped it off with eco-complete for aesthetics.

If you haven't considered a mineralized topsoil or worm-castings based substrate, please do. This is the easiest tank to maintain in the world. I don't dose a thing!!! Nata, zip, nothing!!! It does help having a pressurized CO2 system, though. I do water changes about once every two-three weeks and that's it. Plus, I feed 3-5 times a day of frozen food for the discus and consistently have 0 nitrates.

Hope you enjoy. If you have questions, feel free to ask! I've had so many help me on this forum, I'd love to give some of my experience back to the community!
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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Very nice iwagumi! :]
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:22 AM   #4
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:57 PM   #6
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Well done!
Bet your eyes go straight to that when you walk into the room.
Bright green.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:41 PM   #7
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Can I make two suggestions?

Firstly, the tank looks fantastic. But, I hate to see such a nice tank with all that equipment sticking out like a sore thumb!

Instead of using 2 in tank heaters, try one in-line heater, such as the Hydor ETH 200W or 300W. It sits outside the tank, and runs in-line with the eheim canister.

Also, grab yourself some black spray paint that is designed for plastics, and paint anything you can black, such as the eheim tubes. That would make the tank look like it has much less stuff inside! I use a brand called Krylon Fusion for this purpose.

Another thing, do you really need that HOB as well as a canister? The tank is not too big, has a light fish load, and is fully planted - so I can't imagine you need both the canister and the HOB - getting rid of it would get rid of another element of tubing inside the tank.

Finally, you could tuck your CO2 diffuser in behind those patches of blyxa near the back.

I hope that isn't insulting too you, it really is a gorgeous tank. I just hate...HATE seeing filter and heating elements in my tanks, so i go to great lengths to hide them!
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Beautiful...


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Can I make two suggestions?

Firstly, the tank looks fantastic. But, I hate to see such a nice tank with all that equipment sticking out like a sore thumb!

Instead of using 2 in tank heaters, try one in-line heater, such as the Hydor ETH 200W or 300W. It sits outside the tank, and runs in-line with the eheim canister.

Also, grab yourself some black spray paint that is designed for plastics, and paint anything you can black, such as the eheim tubes. That would make the tank look like it has much less stuff inside! I use a brand called Krylon Fusion for this purpose.

Another thing, do you really need that HOB as well as a canister? The tank is not too big, has a light fish load, and is fully planted - so I can't imagine you need both the canister and the HOB - getting rid of it would get rid of another element of tubing inside the tank.

Finally, you could tuck your CO2 diffuser in behind those patches of blyxa near the back.

I hope that isn't insulting too you, it really is a gorgeous tank. I just hate...HATE seeing filter and heating elements in my tanks, so i go to great lengths to hide them!
Acropora, thanks for the great suggestions! These really are incredibly helpful! When I first set the tank up, I was initially lazy with spray-painting the equipment and such, but I really should go back and do it for the cleaner look. I may even look into some glassware, . Thank you for the great comments and it certainly is not insulting.
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