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Planted single strain discus tank - Forrest stock

Posted pics a while ago just after I got these HB Red Snake Skins - & thought you might like to see how they've added some bulk after just 3 weeks - grown over 1/2" & started to take on some of their more mature coloration - deeper red moving through the body - darker blue striations in the fins, & gradually "losing" their body bars.
This is my first go at a single strain tank, after having grown out a dozen different colors/strains group of discus over the past year, and must admit the one strain approach is growing on me !
Here's the link - enjoy:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...3RedSnakeSkins

Hope you like them - I sure do!
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Those are beautiful, the water is sparkling. Nice job fellow Canadian
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Very nice. I agree that single strain is the way to go. There are some strains that I think match well, but I don't like the rainbow selections.


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Great looking fish. What size tank do you house them in?
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Thanks, all.
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There's 9 of them - just 3.5" juvies - in a 70 gal. Osaka 260.
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Those look amazing ! Keep up the good work...
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Any other thoughts, comments, ideas, suggestions, good or bad, please.
Since we're on planted tank, I thought I might get some thoughts about improving my plant layout/aquascape, if you want to call it that.
Anybody have some constructive comments for me ?
Plantings are not my forte, so I'm looking for some helpful hints.
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Re; the above post

Thought it might help if I posted a link of full tank shots, taken just before I "downsized", i.e. reduced the number of dither fish by about half, by re-homing around 20 of them.
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http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...2RedSnakeSkins
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Ditto on the single strain There are so many beautiful discus out there, I think it takes immense self control to limit oneself to a single strain. But in the end, I think it pays off. It's like having collectoritis with plants. Too many different plants crammed into a single space is hard to take in.

That's a super tall tank! I'd say plenty of Vals and maybe some taller crypts like retrospiralis. Otherwise looks good!
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Really love the way you worded that - it's true - it does take "immense self-control to limit yourself to a single strain" - Took the words right out of my mouth, so to speak.
BTW - Have read many of your posts & I think they're great.
Will also take your advice & look into some tall crypts.
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Well, there's been 195 viewings, and only 10 posts, half of which are mine.
Not looking for kudos, I was hoping that of the numerous planted tank members, there might be some who may wish to comment, give some advice, tips, suggestions - whatever - regarding my layout & choice of plantings/landscaping, etc. as a means of improving the overall look of the tank. blondskeleton has made a suggestion & I'm certainly thinking about it.
Please - you planted tank afficionados out there - I can take constructive criticism !!
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I thought maybe it would help if I posted some fresh full tank shots I took today, to give you a complete insight into what the tank looks like now, so you can better critique the overall landscape look, and give us some some suggestions for improvement.
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http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...l/FTS-Osaka260

Thanks for bearing with me - any comments would be appreciated.
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Hey, you gurus out there - I'm sure someone has some thoughts on a simple means of improving my "haphazard" planting scheme - to make this tank stand out a little more ! I'm totally open to suggestion !
Give me the benefit of your experience - aquascaping specialists ???
Help.
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