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55 Gallon planted discus tank

plantedtank.net is the very first "aquatic related" forum I had ever joined, and this is the first time I'm posting pics here.
BTW, I'm in love with the pearweeds on the left hand side of the tank, I had recently trimmed it down to about 2 inches above gravel. I would love to spred it out some more with the HC trimmings. Suggestions are welcome!

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Nice job. The swords add a hieght factor, compared to the other plants.
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Lookin' good. What type of a cleanup crew do you have in there?
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Lookin' great! we need some specs/background! How long it's been setup for one.

Is that a Jebo/odyssea CFS4 filter I see?

What is the lighting?
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Wow so you just have normal gravel for the substrate? I like the pearweeds too. Seems like they are spreading out well. How tall to they get? Also what type of grass do you have in the center?

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Lookin' great! we need some specs/background! How long it's been setup for one.

Is that a Jebo/odyssea CFS4 filter I see?

What is the lighting?
This tank has been running for four years, there has been alot of changes done over the years. It was a turtle tank turn livebearer tank, then a goldfish tank. The plants were added about a year and a half ago, and two month ago I caught the Discus bug. The tank is a 55 gallon long tank, filter is Eheim classic 2213, lighting is an Odyssea something with 4 CF bulbs(260W total)but I've been running half power(2 bulbs at 130W).
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Nice job. The swords add a hieght factor, compared to the other plants.
One thing I observed with the swords is that they grow taller when lights are low(say floating plants blocking their light).
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Mainly me But in regards of cleaning crew someone is going to tell me that I'm overstocked. 15 oto cats, 3 adult SAEs, 3 juv. albino BNs, 6 corydoras(if you call them clean up crew), 3 Amano shrimps that always hides under the driftwood.
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Wow so you just have normal gravel for the substrate? I like the pearweeds too. Seems like they are spreading out well. How tall to they get? Also what type of grass do you have in the center?
The tank wasn't intended for a planted tank originally, the gravel has been there with the turtles back in 2002, there are alot of funky color bits of gravel mixed in there(thanks to my wife), I do use Seachem's flourish tabs as ferts in the substrate. The pearlweed were really hard for me to find here in NYC. In fact, I never found it for sale anywhere. The clump on the far left side were picked up on the street after one of my LFS trimmed their tank and siphone out onto the street, the clump next to it I traded with somebody here. As for how high they grow, I think every tank will have different results. Mine grew to about 6-7 inches, but I trimmed it all down because I'm going for a "carpet" look. The grass in the middle is regular hairgrass. I used to have more but they get uprooted easily.

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The clump on the far left side were picked up on the street after one of my LFS trimmed their tank and siphone out onto the street.
Now thats a new way of gettin plants for sure!!

Nice lookin settup up ya got goin there Billy!!
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Very beautiful tank and just like you,i love the pearlweeds. Your discus must be really happy living in there.
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very nice !!!

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thanks.
the ocelot sword plant(one with runners that hit the surface) is reproducing big time, the mother plant had produced seven daughter plants with a grand daughter plant on the way.

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