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Hello all,
I decided to share my return to planted aquaria. First, a little back ground. I started off with a high light high tech 40g years ago and it was a disaster. It was so bad so quickly that when I upgraded my tank size I went to fake plants and sand. The 40g was a disaster for my first try at Discus also. After some great times with Rainbows I decided to try Discus one more time. After a successful year I decided to try plants again. Tank information and pics are below.

Equipment:
AllGlass 125g with sump
Turface for substrate
Dosing excel at first to get plants established and then no ferts
2 X Coralife 96w power compacts 8 hours a day. Bulbs are AHSupply 2-6-12
Finnex 300w heater
Magdrive 900 gph pump
Manzanita from parents house and rocks from back yard

Flora:
Swords: Amazon, Dwarf, Radican, Ruben, Red Flame, Golden Melon, Ozelot
Crypts: wendi red, red giant, green, and bronze
Rotala
red Ludwiga
Red Tiger Lilly
Java fern: Normal, lace, and narrow leaf
Anubis: Nana, Barteri, Coffeefolia
Java Moss

Fauna
Discus: Blue Diamond, Checkerboard Pigeon, Penang Eruption, White Diamond, Turquoise
Two Sterbi Corys that have been around forever
Bushy Nosed Pleco: Albino longfin and gold spot

Bare tank with just Turface

Initial planting

Most recent

I am happy to hear comments and questions
Thanks,
Derek

PS Discus just paired off
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Looks great to me! It will look killer once it fills in. One question though, why would you want to stop ferts once the plants get established?
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Thanks CamMTX. The focus of the tank is going to be the discus. The plants are just there to look pretty so I don't need them to grow fast or big. I'm hoping to have them be healthy enough to look good without much extra work. Part of the low tech low maintenance approach for me will hopefully be no ferts or CO2.
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Looks really nice. How long has the tank been in service?

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The tank is about 5 years old. The first four years it was play sand with fake plants and lots of Rainbows. A year ago I got 9 discus from Kenny's Discus in Daly City. I've been doing pretty well with them and they are amazing fish. We just moved to a new house a couple of months ago and in the process (day long process) of moving everything and everybody I changed the substrate from sand to Turface. I kind of wanted to take another step in fish keeping so plants seemed like the logical choice. I got my plants last week and so far most of them are doing well. I think the Tiger Lotus may be a goner though.
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Sweet, that's a nice looking tank but I'd love to see some more warm water plants in there, very very nice.


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Congrats on the discus!
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150EH. Interesting. What plants did you have in mind?

fusiongt. Thanks. Kenny's stock from Forest is amazing. I'm hoping christmas brings me 4 or 5 more. I would like to get some red, yellow, and gold in there.
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