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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-11-2005, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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This is going to be a planted community discus tank. We're trying to keep it looking South American but it isn't intended to be a biotope so we're taking lots of liberties (rocks, java fern, etc.). We also want to keep a fairly open design with some bare substrate for the discus. Here are the first photos:




Since the photos were taken I've replaced some of the rocks with driftwood to give it a more balanced look.
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looks great! keep us updated on the pictures..

75 gallon, fillstar xp2 with inline reactor, 12 Lb pressurised co2, 4.2 WPG-corallife 3x96 watt PC-, fluorite/silica-sand substright.
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Awesome start, once it fills in you will have plenty of plant cover plus alot of swimming room.
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I really like it! Might need an attention getter on the right hand side or something to re-direct the interest on the left, back to the center. It just seems that my eyes keep getting pulled off the left hand side of the tank.

Great tank!
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WOW! Great Start! That driftwood looks stunning in that tank, caught my eye immediately. Once those swords grow in, oh man, you're gonna have problems! I look forward toward to more updated pictures! Freakin AWESOME!

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WOW. it really does look like you are off to a greatt start.
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What fixture do you have on that tank?
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When I look at that picture, my eyes immediately fall upon the vallisneria, swords, and driftwood in the right corner- and the affect is stunning! I then see the left side, but my eyes are drawn back to the right side. Keep up the great work .

It seems to be AGA quality! Once you have discus in there, and maybe some cardinal tetras and cories, it will be "fintastic"! LOL!
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I wish my tank would have started off looking that great... mine's just a jumbled mess! I'm just not artistic enough. I need to copy someone elses layout for starters.. is that lame?
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Thanks for all the compliments and feedback.

It took a lot of time to get the tank to look this way. Sometimes my hands were in the water so much that I started to prune. My wife and I also spent a lot of time looking at websites and flipping through library books to find out what we liked. Its not there yet but we're really pleased with the way its shaping up.

We've already got some fish in quaratine that we'll be moving into the big tank pretty soon. The rams have already started laying eggs in the quaratine tank.





We're planning on purchasing the discus after Christmas. This site has been a lot of help so far. Thanks again.

PS we're using 2x Coralife 36" CFs for light fixtures.
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Making Babies

Its been a while since we posted and a lot has happened since. I built a cabinet around our metal stand while I was on Christmas vacation. Its made out of maple and uses magnets to attatch itself to the metal frame:



The aquascape hasn't changed very much since our last post. The Echinodorus Beleheri lost most of their leaves because they were grown out of water and we had a brief fight with green water. So while we were waiting for the plants to bounce back we started adding some fish and our Blue Rams spawned in about 2 weeks:



We also have a couple of Discus sitting in the quarantine tank waiting to be moved over. They're all eating and are *very* curious, interactive, photogenic fish. The next week or so will be spent adding and removing fish to/from the big tank in order to achieve a mix we're happy with.

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Been a while

Here is an updated picture of our 135 gallon:



Since our last posted we've added some dim purple lighting to create artificial dusks and dawns. We've also started adding driftwood to simulate overhanging branches.

The sword plants lost all of their leaves now and new growth is slow. I miss the fullness that the tank used to have. The new leaves are more slender but I like them too.

We've also started experimenting with more fish and so far we think Discus with yellow or red look best in this tank (such as a Melon). Blue Rams seem to be a very good tank-mate too and all the fish are coexisting peacefully at the moment. We tried some Congo Tetras but they were too busy so we took them out.
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now that is a tank that i could just sit and watch for awhile
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the tank looks lovely, and I really like the "stand cover" you built. Sharp finish.

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