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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-21-2017, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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460g Acrylic discus tank

Hi everyone, I set this tank up about 11 months ago. The plants were not doing very good due to the high volume of water changes so i just planted them in pots using miracle grow organic potting soil, so far there doing allot better. I have been growing out my discus in the tank since they were 1 1/2" in size, and now they range from 3" to 5". My setup is the following.

460g acrylic tank
2x2x4 foot sump
2000 gph pump
Gravel bottom
4 5000k led lights/ 2700 lumens each
17 Discus
100g water storage tank with auto refill constantly drip fed into tank.
No Co2 or fertilizers
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Awesome I wish I would have gone with a bigger tank

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Nice tank.


Actually plants love water changes the more the better unless you are using RO water or the tap water is soft.
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My tap water is soft and didn't use any fertilizers. With potting them they should get most of the nutrients they need with the soil. Any suggestions would be appreciated, I,m a newbie with plants somewhat. I have high nitrates in my well water and am using my water softener with special resins to remove the nitrates for my discus. Nitrates are 80ppm straight out of the well, with water softener 5-10ppm.
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Man! That's an amazing tank. I'm super jealous. I'd suggest vals for the height. It is strange you are struggling with the plants due to water conditions. I would suggest some experimenting BUT you have discus and that could be troublesome. Where do you overflow the drip system to? Where does it drain?


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Thank you, I have a floor drain that the overflow water drains into and runs out to my yard. I plan on adding vals in the future, I wanted to wait to make sure the discus were doing good first. Most people don't recommend a planted tank and discus. I'm also not sure about my lighting, they are led shop lights in the 5000-6000k range. This was my dream tank after i had a mishap with a 250g glass tank that cracked and flooded my living room. Live and learn lol
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Did you buy this tank or build it?

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That is an big aquarium. It makes discus looks small like a tiger barb.


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My goodness that is a BIG tank. You need a picture of someone standing next to it for scale.

Wish I could help you with the plants, but I have no idea with your set up.

Amazing that it looks almost empty with 17 Discus!


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it might be just me but that seems like very little light over that tank. assuming around 90 lumens/watt. you have around 120 watts over 460 gallons. that's about a quarter of the light I'm planning on placing over my upcoming big planted tank. if the plants seem pale or stretched out I would add another 4 lights. maybe try adding some warm white to get more red in the mix. just my 2 cents. would love to see more of the progress of the tank.
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Thanks for all the comments. I bought the tank from Tenecor, and took me a year before i was ready to install it. I had to build a fish room inside my garage so i could build it into the wall. I'm not sure about the correct wattage I need for the tank with using leds, wish i had a lux meter to test it. so if i was to add a warmer light to it, should it be around 3000k? The picture below is my son, hes 6'2" and 230 pounds.
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Hi everyone, I set this tank up about 11 months ago. The plants were not doing very good due to the high volume of water changes so i just planted them in pots using miracle grow organic potting soil, so far there doing allot better. I have been growing out my discus in the tank since they were 1 1/2" in size, and now they range from 3" to 5". My setup is the following.

460g acrylic tank
2x2x4 foot sump
2000 gph pump
Gravel bottom
4 5000k led lights/ 2700 lumens each
17 Discus
100g water storage tank with auto refill constantly drip fed into tank.
No Co2 or fertilizers

I demand to know how you got such a big aquarium?

Did you just buy pieces of acrylic and make it yourself ?

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Tenecor makes custom aquariums.


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Awesome I wish I would have gone with a bigger tank

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If you go bigger, I want your 180 gallon.
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At first I thought, "That kid looks pretty young, the tank can't be that big". Then I read that he's 6'2"...

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