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Few pics of the 125..need ideas..please.

Here are a few pics of my 125. Need some ideas...as I am returning
discus to bare bottom tanks and re-planting the tank.

I'm tired of the big driftwood and want some creative input...as I have none.
But I follow directions well.
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Let's try the multiple attachment deal...
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One easy idea. An inline Reactor to get the turbo reactor out of the tank. Cost you about $15-20 to make a pvc DIY. If you have a couple of canister filters you could consider getting some Hydor inline heaters. Very reasonalbe price and they work like a charm. Those two things would get a lot of gear out of the tank, always a nice thing to pull off.

Maybe some Manzanita wood from Manzanita burlworks. I'll let others chime in on Discus plants, other than the given warm species like Anubias. Crinum calemestratum is a cool plant. Is that Aquasoil? HTH





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Good ideas...I would like to do the reactor....I guess just plumb it inline
with the output of a canister...I'll look up some plans...inline heaters...
cool. I don't HAVE to put discus back in here...I have a 75 bare bottom
cycled and ready...2 55's bare bottom and ready to go...and a 20 long
hospital tank...ready...I have been planning geting the Discus out for
a while...but recent breeding activity has hurried my pace...
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Dave, I'm having a really hard time
following the way you type your English.

do you intend to just remove the plants and keep the Discus,
or get rid of the Discus as well in favor of other fish and plants.

as for tank ideas, i suggest you look at hundreds of tank pictures
from aquarium photo contest sites to get an idea what's possible.
with a 125g tank your options are limitless.
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theya re so beautiful I wish i had room for a nice 120 gallon for discus!!
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I know I type funny...I am not a good writer. I'm a talker.
Most people say a post by me is like a Dr. Suess tale...

What I would like to have is a beautiful planted tank...
no big blocky driftwood...nice plants...I guess plants
tolerant to Discus condions...but with a open grassy
look. Kinda going for the "Discus Retirement Farm Look".

The small Discus have only been in the tank a month.
I had to pull them out of a bare bottom growout because
of an ammonia spike and a case of panic. I will grow out
the small guys and toss them in the 125 after it's done
and I have pulled a couple pairs out of the group. I have
1 pair I will toss in a 55 with a divider and cone and see
what happens.

So...Think grassy fields..big fat Discus cows grazing....
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if you want a plant only tank, a nice trick is to let the terrain be the feature instead of the driftwood. think of an old 1970's sunken living room design. get a few hundred pounds of small lava rocks and build them up to a flat upper level around the left, right, and rear while leaving the center front clear or lava rocks. cover the top tier of rocks with one color gravel, say dark red. then cover the lower empty center front area with another color like black, but keep the 2 tiers at least 5cm different in height, and you can use bare lava rock edge as the boarder. Now fill the higher back area with lot's of different plants, but avoid anything massive like Amazon Swords so you can have dense fields of various smaller leaf plants of different textures and shades of green and red. use the lower foreground for low growing foreground plants, maybe something grassy against the lava rock boarder, and something low and green like glosso for the sunken empty field. a nice idea is to take advantage of the large empty space above the foreground field to target some intense water flow there and give your fish a nice current to play in a way that won't disturb all the plants around the background. that's my 125g fantasy.
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lawn, you need a lawn (hc, glosso et)? It's a question because its a beautiful tank, absolutely beautiful.

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Wow..someone actually likes it how it is? Maybe I can save it?

I was thinking of doing the excel dosing deal to rid algea...
plant it up good and start dosing on a schedule....
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Wow..someone actually likes it how it is? Maybe I can save it?

I was thinking of doing the excel dosing deal to rid algea...
plant it up good and start dosing on a schedule....
Be sure to check out Rex Grigg's website if you haven't already. Rexgrigg.com. Lots of good dosing info.

Re: ground cover, I have heard Discus can be pretty tough on ground covers, but Marselia does well, though one has to replant every once in a while as it will hold lots of detrius, eventually. You might want to consider keeping a fairly open substrate area (no plants) for easy feeding cleanup...like sand ala Amano style.
My tank link pic shows a heavy Marselia groundcover, which I recently yanked all out.

Also, on the reactor. Well, on a 125G you might want to make two reactors (one per canister filter) and get a pair of clippard needlevalve setup on a two way bulkhead with two Aqualine bubble counters. Long tanks usually need gas on both sides. Kind of spendy, but worth the cost in algae control. Rex Grigg can set you up with all that stuff and he makes a killer Regulator.





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