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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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120g Discus tank with weeds

So after looking at my lonely empty tank sitting in the living room for a month, I finally got my diy stand finished enough so I could put some water in the tank and get things rolling. Still need to do some of the aesthetics on the stand plan on putting a crushed coral trim on each "step", and in the process of making a waterfall staircase down the front of the "pyramid". Not sure if continuing the sand up the faces of the steps will look better than a coral trim or not. What do U guys think?


The tank itself I am wanting to stay fairly low tech as far as plant keeping goes. Intending tank to house somewhere around 7 wild discus, a couple German Blue rams, a decent sized shoal of Rummies maybe a dozen, and a few Cardinals in the mix. A clean up crew consisting of 5 or so ABN plecos, and a couple Nerite snails. I would really like to put in a couple flower shrimp as well. Any thoughts, suggestions on my stocking choices would be greatly appreciated

Right now I'm running an Eheim 2075, and an Aquaclear 110. Ebo Jager 250w, and an older Ac70 heater . Two, two bulb 48" T-5NO 6700k-one of the four being a colormax bulb.


Flora:
Anubias Frazeri
Vallisneria
Red tiger lotus
Some other red lotus grew out of a brown nut looking thing..not sure what
Madd Mangroves
Water lettuce Pistia stratiotes
Riccia

Fauna for the tyme being)
3x Colomesus asellus-South American Puffers
2M,3F Threadfin Rainbows
5 ABN plecos
4 Wild Rio Manacapura Heraldi
Various guppies and fry


Anyways, enough yammering-on with the pics. Apologies for the poor quality cell phone pics.




So just pool filter sand for now. I use Laguna pond fert sticks, and Jobes fert sticks. Will be getting some darker slate stone to stack in a cave like structure- in an attempt to give the tank a little more depth. A long ways to go before I'll be completely satisfied-probably just finish the look I am desiring, in tyme to start another rescape!
Thanks for looking!
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Oh and here is the lotus that I don't have an i.d. on:
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Oh and here is the lotus that I don't have an i.d. on:
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Possibly Nympaea stellata, also called a 'dwarf lilly'...
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Wow, that stand is intense! When you said 'sand', I assumed you meant 'sand-colored stone' or something similar, not actual sand! You must not have any furry pets (or small children!), otherwise it seems like that sand would be all over the room!

You'll have to put up pictures if you decide to go with the waterfall!

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Nice stand. Unique, you going to plant the sanded areas? Would look real nice

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Possibly Nympaea stellata, also called a 'dwarf lilly'...
Thanks Tsartetra, I think that is it!
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Wow, that stand is intense! When you said 'sand', I assumed you meant 'sand-colored stone' or something similar, not actual sand! You must not have any furry pets (or small children!), otherwise it seems like that sand would be all over the room!

You'll have to put up pictures if you decide to go with the waterfall!
Thanks, I think its pretty intense too. I wanted to build a couple more tiers, and put the tank in the middle of the room, so it could be viewed on all sides. Roomate put the nix on that! For now

Lol, nope no furry pets except when I puppy sit my buddy's pooch. No kids either-when there are kids here I know cause theres fingerprints all over the glass!

Yes, the sand does get on the carpet a bit. This is why I'm thinking about using crushed coral on the trim of each tier. Hopefully this will hold back most of it.

I'll post up some more pics as it progresses.
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Nice stand. Unique, you going to plant the sanded areas? Would look real nice

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Thanks Swan. The pictures I have were from a month or so ago. Since then I have added some planters with a couple decent sized Ivy's on either end of the stand. They are slowly growing across the sand. It'd be great if they one day encompass the stand!Thanks for the suggestion. I plan on putting a couple more plants on the steps. Now I actually want light spillage so the terrestrials will do ok
I'll try and snap a couple more recent tank pics soon
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A few updated photos. Finally after a year of almost patient waiting, I've got my Discus. These pics were taken shortly after they were introduced, so some stress lines are present.







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A couple more...

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The puffs. So hard to get a decent shot.especially with a cell phone


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After seeing so many peoples tanks with a black background, decided to try it. Think it looks quite a bit better. What you gals/guys think?






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wow, that stand is nuts. love the fish.


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awesome stand! the tank looks great.
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wow, that stand is nuts. love the fish.
Thanks nonconductive. The stand is about to get even nuttier! I'm moving in about a month or so, and will be making two more tiers like I originally intended. One day it should look like this! lol


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awesome stand! the tank looks great.
Thanks Wpgtank! If you are ever interested in trading any plants , send me a pm. I'm always looking for something different, and always have plantlets of one type or another available

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