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90 gal Discus Tank: sneek peek at next project

I think a lot of people are are familiar with my 125 gal birthday present. It split a seam on December 11th and this is the 90 gal tank that I replaced the broken tank with. Since the tank has been up for about a month already, I have quite a bit of info and pictures, so it will be broken into a few posts.



Tank Info
62"L x 14"D x 24"H glass
Rena XP3 canister filter
Marineland C360 canister filter
pressurized co2
EI dry fert dosing
Catalina Aquarium 4x54watt 48" t5ho light
soil caped with turface caped with pool filter sand
2 large pieces of manzanita wood
airstone that runs at night

Plants
I have collected a lot of plants from local swaps.
crypts
anubias
Limnophila aromatica
L. ovalis
L. Brevipes
L. Glandulosa
giant hairgrass
dwarf hairgrass
lace, narrow, needle, and regular java fern
ammania bonsai sp.
marsilea quadrifolia
blyxa aubertii
blyxa japonica
downoi
Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'
Aponogeton
christmas moss
and some other unknowns

Fish
7 Brilliant Turquoise discus
5 wild Peruvian scalare (angelfish)
3 baby gold angelfish
3 german blue ram
2 albino lf bristle nose pleco
3 standard bristle nose pleco
a bunch of chocolate otos
some black otos
tons of common otos
6 rummy nose tetras
30 - 40 cardinal and green neon tetras
3 zebra loaches
10 julii corys
3 bronze corys
5 zebra and tiger nerite snails

I have recently added 2 riparium planters
one with petsmarts famous non aquatic ribbon plants and some crypts in aquarium gravel
one with peace lilies and purple waffle plants in pea gravel


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awesome tank man!
I have a 90gl sitting empty and I keep seeing awesome tanks and can never decide on which one to follow up on do one myself.
Do you notice that angel chasing after cardinals at all?


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This was my 125 gallon tank about the time it split a seam and spilled a lot of water on the floor. Luckily I was home when it happened and could prevent a lot more damage. I still lost some of my favorite fish in the next few days after the disaster.



Everything had to go into Rubbermaid totes for a couple of day so I could find a decent replacement tank. This was when I lost my congo tetras, rummys, and my favorite GBR.



I picked up this 90 gal off craigslist late the next day. I got it set up as quickly as possible, but trying to move a soil substrate from one tank to the other is messy. It was cloudy for about a week and a half until I capped it again with pool filter sand.



After about a week.


After another week or so, things were pretty much back to normal.


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I have always wanted discus, but was too unsure about my aquatic skills to spend that much money. I was starting to have a lot of plant success and was selling quite a bit of extra plants here on plantedtank. My tank paid for a few of its own upgrades and I figured I would try my hand at discus around Dec. or Jan. I bought a few sad discus from a local guy just to give it a try and was able to nurse some sick discus back to health. That gave me a big confidence boost, but the discus were very stunted already.


When my big tank broke and I had to buy a new one, I thought I wouldn't be able to pay for discus for a while. But my Christmas gifts were generous and I was able to get 7 beautiful brilliant turquoise from Discus Hans last week. It was quite the upgrade. I got rid of the 4 stunted discus and 9 angelfish.



I love the way these discus school, way better than the angels did. They are just stunning. Thank you so much Hans.


They are still pretty shy and jumpy, but they are curious and eating. They make me nervous though because they bolt for the surface when they get spooked. I really hope they settle down soon.


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I love it!
Thats going to look great
Those discus are amazing!


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Ever since I was a little kid, way before I was into fish tanks, I dreamed of doing a massive paludarium. I always envisioned something like a long table in the middle of a room with a small pond at one end, and ramping up to a large terrarium at the other end. With all different kinds of animals and plants. I don't have the room or the money, and I doubt I would have the approval of my wife, to do any thing like that. But all of these ripariums have my brain going.

I have this very large anubias that I have had growing out the top of my aquarium for about 6 months. It has drawn some attention and I wanted to add to it.


I did a small planter with a shower caddy and some plain aquarium gravel. I got a tube of Petsmart's non-aquatic plants and some crypts and set it up. But it just isn't big enough. So this weekend I was at Walmart and got a bigger shower caddy, a peace lily, and some purple waffle plant, I picked up some pea gravel from Lowes and was ready for a bigger planter. I have tried stopping by a local hydroponics store to get some clay pellets, but they have been out of stock on the small bag. I could never use the full $30 bag and these are still basically experiments. But after filling the big planter with plants and gravel, I realized why pea gravel is not normally used, it is heavy! The suction cups could not hold up the weight. I had to use a metal cloths hanger and pliers to make some hanging hooks.


But I think it came out well.


Here is the smaller cup. It is not very impressive yet.


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Beautiful picture!!!! I have always wanted to keep both Discus and Angels.
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Both tanks look amazing...it's really a bummer about the one breaking, though. Fantastic work with the new setup, and amazing fishes. I want it.

Feeling adventurous? Maybe check out my current
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It appears that the otos are breeding in my tank. Last night while I was working on the tank, I saw this little critter. I am pretty sure it is an oto, but it is possible that it could be a pleco.
It is hard to see, but it is on top of the filter outlet.


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Absolutely stunning. Might get Angels for my now understocked 75....
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Dude. You kinda stole my dream tank! I've always wanted to set-up an aquarium that has plants sticking out with ceiling proppelled lights.

You have a beatiful tank and I love your discus!
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Nice! Your Hans discus are beautiful and I like what you're doing with the tank. I always worry about having my large tank break! Glad to see you were able to come back and make the best of it.


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Dude. You kinda stole my dream tank! I've always wanted to set-up an aquarium that has plants sticking out with ceiling proppelled lights.

You have a beatiful tank and I love your discus!
Check out the tank in my sig... not exactly what you were looking for... but close... and not as good looking as this tank at all...
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When I first started EI dosing, I had just mixed all of the dry ferts into one liquid mixture. It made dosing very easy, but it lost is potency by the end. I am dry dosing now and I am seeing a great improvement in the blyxa japonica and I know the other plants are going to do a lot better too.


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