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My Planted Discus Tank … Index on 1st post of page 1 (56K!)

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P1 – Intro
P2 – Pictures and description of the automatic water changer, AquaController, X10 computer interface, UV, dosing system and filter system
P2 – Macro shots of aquatic flowers
P3 – Description of the water drain approach and dosing system
P3 – Macro shots of Cardinal and Wavy Sword plant flower
P4 – Description of RO/DI and blending of water source
P4 – Macro pictures of Serpae Tetra, aquatic flower of Pigmy Sword Plant and picture of Heckel
P5 – Description of my Heckels
P? - Coming updates of improved Auto Water Change system

Just joined the forum and have been reading a number of post. First, this is great place to learn about planted aquariums. Second, everything that I have read makes me believe it’s a very helpful and civil group… After reading the various post, I decided that I would post my experience with my Tenecor which is really a Marine tank that I am using for a planted discus tank. I setup the tank September 16, 2006. I wish that I had joined this forum before putting together my supplies and assembling everything. I would have definitely made some adjustments in my choices (especially substrate). I have made some changes and had a bout with BGA that came with the tank. The tank was used and I was clueless about BGA and realized that I was loosing the battle and my plants were not doing very well.

I will detail the setup later but thought that I would attached pictures of my first attempt at a planted discus aquarium. After viewing many of the other tanks, I will be making a number of adjustments and welcome any advise in so far as aquascaping (new word?).

The first picture is a week after the initial setup. You can see the beginning of the BGA and that the plants are not doing very well. Within a few days after this picture, it started taking over the aquarium. The other pictures were taken more recently after I eradicated the BGA.



The tank as of Oct 17th

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In my next post, I'll go over what I did to get control of the BGA and the components in this setup.

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What' up with all the floating plants? What kind of tetra's are those in there?
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What' up with all the floating plants? What kind of tetra's are those in there?
The floating plants are growing out of control! They’re Phyllanthus fluitans that were included with the shipment I got from Aquarium plants, and aquascape plant packages. I’ll be taking them out. The tetras are:

Serpae Tetra
Bloodfin Tetra
Neon Tetras
Black Neon Tetras
Orange Von Rio Flame Tetras

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Im a Discus guy more so than plants. Read up on them Discus.
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Pictures back up...

I move the pics so that there is no bandwidth limit
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What type of tetra is this

Does anyone know the type of tetra this is?

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looking good!

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Definately looking good. Do you have specs on your tank? Gallons, lighting, dosing methods....etc.
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Tank specs

I'll get more info out later today. Basicly 100Gal 4'x2'x2' Teneview Tenecor tank. Lights: Tek 6 bulb 48" with 3 Giesemann Midday and 3 Giesemann AquaBlue, CO2, dosing, RO/DI mixed with filtered water cycles automatically everyday with 40% water change. I'll fill in more later and thanks for the kind words.
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Does anyone know the type of tetra this is?
orange von rio flame tetras
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do i spy a wild blue...possibly brown discus in therer?

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Very pretty tank. Discus's are so sexy.
I had a very pretty Discus Alas I got a steal on one at the local pet store for $35. My heart broke when he died due to an algae bloom.
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orange von rio flame tetras
Thanks tha_beeg... They’re funny little tetras… they seam to think they are twice their size and are fearless.
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do i spy a wild blue...possibly brown discus in therer?
There is one wild discus in the tank. I believe that it is a brown. The LFS did not know the type but knew it was a wild discus. He had two but the bigger of the two died shortly after receiving them. After speaking with the LFS, I took a chance picking this one up since he had already survived a month and appeared to have acclimated to dry and frozen food. I have had him/her for about 6 months now. The other discus I have had for about a year. The tank was not previously setup as a planted tank and just looked like your typical breeding tank. I decided that I could not deal with that sterile look any more since I had already successfully bred discus back in 1994. I love the wild discus and want to find some more. I see you have some Heckel Discus. Your tank is beautiful!!! The smaller discus are recent additions again from a LFS.


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yes i do have two heckels. i am also on the quest for more wild discus, i want some browns. and after this most recent picture, i would definitly say thats a brown. thanks for the tank compliment, it is less then desired in its current state of being but its ok never the less. i hope to bump the lighting on it more and blance out the problem that way.

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