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Old 11-11-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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My Discus Tank log


Hi all,
Loving these forums and have read some great advice and seen loads of inspiration for myself as I plan my second ever tank.

My obsession started around 12 months ago when my girlfriend and I moved into our first house. I decided to start a small tank in our living room and having never tried to keep fish before it was great fun learning about fish keeping and the science used to keep a tank stable.

Anyway this is how that tank looks today, its over stocked and there and probably many sins going on with it but as I stated it was a fresh hobby and I have learnt alot along the way. Please excuse me...



and some of my tetras.....




and my Ruby Shark....



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So here it is.. Went and picked it up from my local fish shop. Its 360L.





The pictures make it look darker but the wood is actually Oak...

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Today i got me some Substrate...



A water test kit...



and some wood I liked the look of, its a start but am looking to have quite a bit more in the next couple of months!





and here it stands now....





Sorry for all the boring updates!!
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Think im ready to fill her up and start a cycle!!!

Oh yeah and got some more wood! *oops*





Comments and critique welcome!!

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Added some of my foreground plants today, I spent some of yesterday setting up a DIY co2 supply and as I am happy its working well and I plan on getting a pressurised system at the end of the month I decided to start with some basic plants.









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Well Tank is cycled! *applause*

Cleared 1ppm over night, so I will probably add some of my old stock over tomorrow so that they can keep the filter active whilst I play around some more!

Tank is looking a mess at the moment if im honest, water needs a decent change as the wood has made it a nice shade of coffee, gravel needs a clean and the cabinet needs a good tidy up! All in good time.

The rest of the bits turned up for my co2 yesterday including my in-line diffuser which was only ordered on Sunday from Hong-kong so was really impressed with that. This is the only part of my co2 set-up that I am yet to fit.



Im going to get some tank pics at the back end of this week when it looks a little more pleaseing to the eye. My drawf hair grass is going brown at the tips so am concerned I may be missing something. Co2 drop checker is nice and green so the levels of co2 are now good. Im guessing my two 39w T5's are just not enough so may have to bring my plans forward and invest in two more to boost my plant growth. Other opinions welcome.

Thanks for reading! Also special thanks to MartF and Greenlace for their advice over the cycling process!!
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Thanks for all the help and advice people!

An update for you all, I have had some fish in the tank for a week now and they seem real happy. No gasping for air and no signs that they are not enjoying their new home!

Today I picked up two Red whiptail catfish and 10 amano shrimps! I did plan on some rummy nose too but will get them next weekend!

Heres a couple of picks, bare with the tank for now it will look better as the weeks go bye..







Thanks for reading

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Picked up a pair of Rams today, will post some updated pics of the tank soon!!

Here's one of them..



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here are some updated pics, critique welcome!









Chris

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So long time and no update.

A couple of things have changed in the tank, I ended up ripping all my stem plants out of the tank as they were taking over and I have now decided I like the 'leafier' plants.

As a result the tank is not looking its best but it is doing a great job housing my 5 new discus!!!!

They are not going to win any best of shows but they are still a great looking bunch and add a lot of colour to the tank!!





They are still very shy but are getting to know I am the feeder! Changing 50% water a day at the moment, soon to be made easier when I finish my shed with a pumping room in it!!!

Enjoy!

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Little update....









Enjoy, comments welcome

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Well after a couple of days dancing around each other and shaking their booties we have some Discus eggs!!





Im 100% sure they will be gone by the morning but for them to spawn makes me excited for the future with these fish!!
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Nice tank, I'd love to set one up in the future but keep reading they are very high maintenance.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Your tank is looking very good.
Keep up your wc & tank cleansing routine as best you can to ensure the discus' good health. Suggest too, that over time, you keep an eye on your catfish and SAE's (either SAE's or Flying Foxes - can't tell for sure) - as they get older, larger, and lazier, they may tend to take a liking to discus' slime coats as part of their diet. This occurs just as often as not.
Best of luck to you - you've done a great job to date.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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very nice!
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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A long time since I posted. Heres a small update.

Purchased 3 new fish at the weekend and here they are currently in Quarantine.


They are a 'Red spotted green' 'Red flower' and 'white butterfly'

Comments welcome.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Wow, fantastic fish!

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Old 03-09-2014, 03:23 PM   #7
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Some images during wc today..









Some of the new recruits still stuck in their QT tank...







Thanks for looking!! Feel free to comment!!
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:35 PM   #8
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Nice looking tank!
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:36 PM   #9
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Thanks alot!! :-)
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:11 PM   #10
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Great looking discus tanks!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:24 PM   #11
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Looks really nice! great job!

I really want to get a couple of whiptail catfish (farlowella?) for my discus tank.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:22 AM   #12
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Rineloricaria sp. L010a I believe?

farlowella is more commonly known as a Twig catfish
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:25 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chrispowell View Post
Rineloricaria sp. L010a I believe?

farlowella is more commonly known as a Twig catfish

spot on, i think.....maybe...........depends on? both right?
last year when i picked up my "Farlowella acus" the tag said "stick catfish" (lol)
all of the Subfamily Loricariinae?


i did some reading:
links i saved (somewhat confusing, if you ask me)


https://archive.is/u7VeM#selection-867.0-867.15

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...zard-whiptail/

http://www.aqua-fish.net/show.php?h=whiptailcatfish

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/farlowella-acus

http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/p...profile57.html

http://www.scotcat.com/factsheets/farlowella_acus.htm

http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/...species_id=747





my "Farlowella acus" love the fast water
in my river tank.

http://forums.tfhmagazine.com/viewto...p?f=87&t=30351



changed the tank setup just for these guys:






to this:

















enjoy

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Old 03-11-2014, 03:29 PM   #14
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by the way, great looking tanks chris!
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:54 PM   #15
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my "Farlowella acus" love the fast water
in my river tank.
What temp are you keeping them in? From what I've googled, it seems max temp is upper 70's. My discus tank is 82-83F and I worry that would be too much if I were to get some.
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