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My 90 Gallon FINALLY Potless!

I just wanted to post some pics I took today of my tank. I have had large pebbles in it along with many clay pots. Yesterday, I finally got the nerve to tear it apart and change out to SoilMaster Select and actually PLANT the plants!! I thank everyone here as I read every thread. I lurk alot, post some, and take many notes. This is what I did. Please feel free to comment. I am still learning!!!!












Thanks for looking!

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Nice tank!

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Nice job! Nice and crystal clear. Looks like you are running an Aquaclear 110 and a Rena, correct? How do you like that combination?

Only suggestion I have is getting some sort of background on there so the viewers can fully appreciate your good job!

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YEs it is an AC110 and a Filstar XP3. I love the combo!!!! Alot of movement and the water is ALWAYS crystal clear! It cleaned up the soup of the substrate addition in less than half an hour. Made planting so much easier!

Thanks for all compliments!

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Nice job! Nice and crystal clear.

No diatom filter either. I am amazed at how clear she is.
When I changed my substrate my pH and TDS went skyhigh I am too scared to do it on my Discus tanks just yet...I have to let it age first or something.

I am running a AquaClear 110 and a Eheim 2028 on my 65g and I still need DE to polish it that clear.

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No diatom filter either. I am amazed at how clear she is.
Thats incredible. I was considering an AC110 instead of a powerhead for some extra movement and filtration since I found them for $44.99 online. I am going to order one now for sure!


Again.. Nice job!

What is in there besides the Discus?

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very nice setup. the colors work very well together.


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THanks everyone for the encouragement!! I have discus, some cardinals, a trio of Bolivian rams and 3 bushynose plecos.

The AC110 is VERY easy to clean. SO is the Rena. THey do a great job together. I have a prefilter on both the intakes. This helps ALOT in keeping the tank and filters clean. I rinse them everyday. Takes only a second.

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Wow, Marilyn, your tank looks awesome, especially since it's just one day after you did the substrate change. I really like the color of the SoilMaster Select. I'll definitely keep that in mind if I ever change my substrate. I think the sponge prefilters on all filters and powerheads really do a great job of keeping the tank free of floating debris. I wouldn't have my tank without mine.

I love the colors on your discus, they're gorgeous. What are the orangeish/reddish ones called?

I only have one suggestion: I'd put a background on your tank. A black groundground would really hide some of your equipment and camoflauge the rest. Also, the color of your substrate and discus would really pop out. For your filter intake tubes, etc. that aren't black, you can spray paint them with Krylon Fussion paint. Reefkeepers use Kyrlon Fussion paint for PVC and it fuses with the plastic and will definitely NOT leach any chemicals into your water or affect your chemistry. For that matter, a black Sharpie marker will do the same without affecting chemistry, but I think Krylon would be easier and more even. Just a suggestion....your tank is incredible.
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It looks great- once your swords start to mature its goign to be beautiful.
Drop some root tabs in the substrate under your sword plants- they'll grow in really big and healthy in no time and it will give you a nice contrast to the size of your other plants.
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Gawain,

thanks for the kind words. As far as the discus, in the pics going from left to right you first see White Butterfly. That one as it matures generally gets white markings and only leaves the orange around the edges. Next is a Mandarin Passion. That one gets really deep bright orange like the dorsal fin all over when it is sexually mature. I have 2 of those in there, the other one keeps hiding from the camera! The middle one near the center sword is a Golden. It is very orange all over, with some whiter markings along the forhead and lower fin. The largest fish is actually a Yellow, called Siam Yellow Master. It is orangish due to the fact I feed colorbits. ALot of food will make the yellows show orange. ITs very hard to get an older YELLOW fish to stay clean. I would like to have some besides the orange!!! THe blue fish, a Tiger is a female that lays for me once a month. SHe is in the last picture behind that right side driftwood. Her mate, A Maze Leopard is in the fourth pic, near the left driftwood. THis is where they lay eggs. The smallest blue one is a bluesnakeskin.

Where can I get a black background?? the ones in the lfs seem to bubble on me and fall off. Even if I use vaseline, I have a hard time. Anyone have suggestions???

Turbo,

thanks for the comments on the swords. I cant beleive how much they opend up widthwise now they are out of the pots!!! I just love em all!!

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The tank is great but the fish are amazing. Such lovely colors and they go perfect with the tank. Everything blends very nicely.

What are the orange/red colored ones called?
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