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post #76 of 100 (permalink) Old 05-21-2018, 04:47 PM
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My first high tech tank had a spraybar along the bottom too. Then I got a custom reef tank (used) that had been drilled a few inches from the bottom, so those became spraybars too. The first tank was the return outlet. The CO2 was feeding directly into the pump (had a sump) and the only reason I got bubbles was because it wasn't turned upward enough. The second tank was purely a CO2 outlet. Both worked out really well. I think you'll be pleased with your change.

$12-18 sounds pretty reasonable for sidthimunki. I haven't seen them for less than $12 anywhere.





Why are they so expensive by you?

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Where did the Discus go? Did you rehome them or are they in a holding tank?


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Discus are currently in a 56g in another room. Haven’t decided if I’ll keep these or get some new ones to grow out yet.
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Put about 50 RCS in the tank yesterday after testing parameters. Not a single issue thus far.

Parameters as follows with CO2 at about 4 bps:

pH: 6.4-6.6
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20-40 ppm
GH: 12 drops (140-200ppm)
KH: 6 drops (50-100ppm)

So the GH and KH are questionable because the scales in the kit aren't mutually exclusive. Also, I have a hard time deciphering the shades of red for the nitrate test, but either way they aren't high enough currently to be an issue. This is the same tap water that I've kept my previous discus in, so I don't expect to have to change anything.
As for discus, been eyeing a few from Discus Hans or Uncle Sam's Discus. Never bought from either but read plenty about their stellar reputations.
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Discus are currently in a 56g in another room. Havenít decided if Iíll keep these or get some new ones to grow out yet.
They are animals. Id keep them and give them quality care.


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They are animals. Id keep them and give them quality care.
Obviously, I'm aware they are animals or they would have perished 3 years ago when I originally purchased them. When I say get rid of them, I mean re-home them to somewhere I know they will be appreciated.
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Obviously, I'm aware they are animals or they would have perished 3 years ago when I originally purchased them. When I say get rid of them, I mean re-home them to somewhere I know they will be appreciated.
You wont have ANY problem finding a good home for healthy discus even if they are less than perfectly formed. Lots of people would be MORE than happy to take those off your hands and provide them with excellent care.
When I feel I am close enough to being able to learn and care for Discus I would like to get older perhaps less than perfect discus to raise and care for.

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Well boys and girls, I accidentally discovered the 25% off sale that Uncle Sam's was having today, and not wanting to miss a great opportunity to save some serious cash and get awesome discus, I ordered 10. I purchased the Fire Ruby Ring Leopard 2.5" (4), Alenquer F1 3-3.5" (3), and Blue Diamond 3-3.5" (3) strains.

To prepare for their delivery, I'm going to move my original discus into the re-scape (still haven't decided on them) and use the 56 gallon as the grow out tank. Also going to start gathering foodstuffs- california black worms and some high protein flake, along with some beeefheart. Also, I'll be preparing for the feeding and water change grind that is discus growing.

Still planning on adding some cardinal tetras to the tank, and perhaps some Amano shrimp (again, still not sure about the shrimp).
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Just finished reading your whole blog. Can't wait to see how your setup progresses. I keep eyeing discus, but don't like the idea of having to keep the hotter temps as I already have a higher cooling cost for my home living in AZ, don't want the tank fighting the 75įF air temps and then the 82įF+? temps discus need. Really wish I had gotten in on the solar deals before when it was a 1:1 credit use deal, but now it's half the credit it used to be.

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Chayos00, it’s unfortunate you have such a temperature battle to fight. It gets hot here in Dallas as well but it doesn’t endure as long, nor is it quite up to the 110-120 degrees (usually) that are common in Arizona. Meanwhile, the solar craze is starting up here, but I don’t know if there’s enough infrastructure here yet to incentivize converting financially for most. But I digress...
Here are some up to date growth pictures. I put in a few Cardinal Tetras after raising the tank temp to 81. I will be adding more, and my discus should arrive tomorrow for the grow out tank. I also added some giant frogbit to the tank surface.
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Chayos00, itís unfortunate you have such a temperature battle to fight. It gets hot here in Dallas as well but it doesnít endure as long, nor is it quite up to the 110-120 degrees (usually) that are common in Arizona. Meanwhile, the solar craze is starting up here, but I donít know if thereís enough infrastructure here yet to incentivize converting financially for most. But I digress...
Here are some up to date growth pictures. I put in a few Cardinal Tetras after raising the tank temp to 81. I will be adding more, and my discus should arrive tomorrow for the grow out tank. I also added some giant frogbit to the tank surface.
Yeah AZ does suck on that aspect, that in March we were already 90+ LOL which will last all the way through October November.

By the way I love Cardinals! Can't wait for mine to get old enough to start breeding, I want to fill my tank with at least 50 or more! LOL
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All ten discus arrived healthy today, so far no issues! I ultimately decided to keep 3 of my original discus, and I re-homed the other 4 to the personal collection of an LFS owner here in Dallas. Managed to get some store credit out of the deal even though he won’t be re-selling them. Only things left to do with the tank are to put in a few more cardinals, sidthumunki, and amano. If everything goes according to plan the Discus should be grown out in the next 8-12 months.
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Summer semester started last week, so a bit behind on updates:

1. Tried frogbit in the tank. It quickly got out of hand so I removed it. It’s just too much work to keep under control, and I believe it was contributing to my swords doing what ive got pictured below.
2. Added 8 sidthumunki loaches for a grand total of 11. I think that’ll do.
3. I opted not to buy Amano shrimp. The three discus currently in the tank are making quick work of the test cherries, so I didn’t want to waste the money. Instead, I bought two panda garras. Not as efficient but I like them and their semi-unique.
4. I am still currently trying to find cardinal tetras. None of the LFS currently have them and I haven’t had a lot of success having them shipped in the past. So I’ll wait.
5. My marble amazon suddenly started doing what I pictured below. I think it was because of the frogbit blocking out too much light but I wonder if there’s a nutrient deficiency. Anyone have any input here?
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Is the tank still at 81*? That's how some of my emersed plants looked when I left them in direct light and they got hot. How fast did it happen? Over a course of a day or two or weeks?
Have you posted pics of the new discus?
I haven't seen any issues with plants in my Ram tank that's kept at 84*. Your tank is looking really good!

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