Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Kansas City, MO
I wholeheartedly agree with the above...first get a good handle on how to successfully run a planted tank...keeping in mind dosing, temperature, growth rates, co2, lighting, etc. Its pretty difficult to get a planted tank running with little or no problems...once you can "master" that...get the discus...I woud suggest 3+ size as Diablo mentioned...4 in if you can find/afford them--also from a good breeder rather than your LFS.
I've actually noticed that my plant growth has slowed down a tad with the temperature increase by 10 degrees (from 78 to 88), and some plants don't seem to like the hot water.
Shrimp in the tank is your call. So far mine don't care about my cherry shrimp...population numbers seem to be the same.