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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-28-2010, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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New pics - my 3 strain planted discus tank !

Well, I'm a little embarassed, after having touted the wonders of a single strain tank, then weakening, and morphing to 2 strains, then 3, by adding a few Royal Red Rubys, and then 2 Flamingos after that !!!
Now, after falling a little out of of love with my Royal Ruby Reds & and adding 2 Flamingos, I've decided to to exchange my 4 3R's for 4 more Flamingos, to go back to a 2 strain tank - hoping the more "pastely" coloration will help keep my blood pressure down ?? Do you think ?

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...paul/flamingos

What do you think ?
I'll post a few more pics next week after I do the exchange for all Flamingos with the Red Snake Skins.
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Wow - over 130 viewings & not a single comment - good or bad......

Have I said or done something out of place, offensive, or intimidating ?

I belong to 4 other Forums, have done so for much longer than this one, and posted on them many more times than here - have started many new threads on them, and posted there many, many times - but have never posted pics on them without at least a few replies.
Not looking for kudos, but simply sharing some pics for, hopefully, other fish-keepers' enjoyment & edification. I'm just wondering whether this Forum is good for me or not ?
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Well, I for one am jealous. Your fish and tank are gorgeous. I am a newbie to both the discus and planted tank world. I started a mixed strain of 12 baby discus in a planted 65 gallon tall tank. I am now down to 8 discus. I have battled several different ailments and I believe atleast 4 of my discus are stunted. However, I love them just the same!

Hopefully I can achieve what you have with a little patience.

Patti
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It helps if you post the actual pictures on the first post of the journal-- i think most people won't look further if they have to follow a link/don't see any pictures.

Your tank looks great, and those discus are absolutely gorgeous! What is the red plant on the far right? I really like it. The white sand also adds nice contrast with the colors of the plants.

Anyway, I think you have a nice setup, and you'll get more positive responses from other forum members if they have pictures to directly look at when they click the link to your journal. Also, people usually like to see a "setup list", which usually consists of what your filtration/lighting/fish/plants/co2 or not/fertilizers/etc.
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This is a nice looking tank. The sand really brings out the colors of your discuss and plants. The details about this tank would be nice also
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Thank you for your comments, folks.
I was beginning to think that most of the members of this forum were just skulkers, but not talkers.
And I do appreciate your helpful comments about posting details of my set-up, as well as placing pics directly on the post, so people didn't have to bother with the link to photobucket. I'm aware of that, however my tech skills are limited and I'm just learning
how to direct link photos to my posts. Hopefully, my next thread will have that facility.
In any event, these are just the kinds of comments I was looking for, and especially since this is a "planted tank" forum, some constructive criticism of my modest aquascape.
As for tank set-up details, here they are some of them:
75 gal., filtered simply by 2 AC HOB 110's, for ease of handling, cleaning, changing media, etc.
No CO2, just use root tab ferts in white silica pool filter sand, along with regular semi-weekly dosings with Excel & Flourish Comp. Supplement.
12 Juvie discus - 3" to 3.75" - along with a small school of cardinals, a few copper rasboras, cories, and amano shrimp.
50% w/c's 2-3 X/week, and the water clarity is boosted by filter floss usage, frequently changed, along with Purigen.
Other questions ? - please just ask.
Oh, & thanks for the compliments.
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P.S. to azFishKid:
The red plant is a type of Ludwigia - can't recall the name, but I do like it - it's growing well in low tech fertilizing & 2 - T5 HO X 39w. X 8 hrs./day.
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50% w/c's 2-3 X/week, and the water clarity is boosted by filter floss usage, frequently changed, along with Purigen.
Other questions ? - please just ask.
Why doing 50% 2 to 3 times a week water change?
The tank looks really good.
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Why doing 50% 2 to 3 times a week water change?
The tank looks really good.
Discus require (demand !) frequent w/c's to grow well, quickly, & stay healthy. Most discus gurus will, and do, chide folks like me for just doing w/c's every 2nd or 3 rd day - the purists raise them in bare bottom tanks with daily w/c's up to 100% - that's not easily achieved in a planted tank - specially if you're a little lazy like me.
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Well, I for one am jealous. Your fish and tank are gorgeous. I am a newbie to both the discus and planted tank world. I started a mixed strain of 12 baby discus in a planted 65 gallon tall tank. I am now down to 8 discus. I have battled several different ailments and I believe atleast 4 of my discus are stunted. However, I love them just the same!

Hopefully I can achieve what you have with a little patience.

Patti
Patti,
Baby discus are difficult to raise successfully, specially for a newbie - so I admire your attempt & perseverance. I too have battled health problems with small ones & lost my share of them in the past as well. (along with the "stunting" disappointments !)
But, keep at it, you will in fact achieve what you are looking for with some patience - that is right on !
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Discus require (demand !) frequent w/c's to grow well, quickly, & stay healthy. Most discus gurus will, and do, chide folks like me for just doing w/c's every 2nd or 3 rd day - the purists raise them in bare bottom tanks with daily w/c's up to 100% - that's not easily achieved in a planted tank - specially if you're a little lazy like me.
I see, that is good to know..I never kept discus before.
I am a big lazy when it comes to water changes, recently I am just topping off my Riparium and testing the water..ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all are 0ppm, I think the plants are taking care of the water quality, eventhough I am going to do water change this weekend.
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And I do appreciate your helpful comments about posting details of my set-up, as well as placing pics directly on the post, so people didn't have to bother with the link to photobucket. I'm aware of that, however my tech skills are limited and I'm just learning
how to direct link photos to my posts. Hopefully, my next thread will have that facility.
If you click on an image in your photobucket album, on the right side you'll see a bunch of links under "Share this Image". Copy the "IMG code" text (or just simply click on the link, which will copy it for you), and put it directly into the text box.

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As a discus purist myself I understand the need for frequent wc's ( I pulled my back out twice doing it over the years). But, and that's a big but, you can definitely grow out some healthy discus in a planted tank. Growing them to full potential, 7" or so is a stretch but can be done. Chad on SD is proof of it. With all that being said, you discus look great and just keep doing what you are doing. I can't wait to get back in the discus game (said the guy currently selling his last 3 discus....)


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That's a very nice tank. How big is it?
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I think I mentioned it's a 75 gal.
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