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135g Discus Tank One Year Later


I snapped a picture of the tank tonight and realized its been about a year now so a post was in order The aquascape is mostly composed of different species of Echinodorus and the inhabitants include discus, blue rams, and siamese algae eaters.

Most of the discus in the tank are over a year old now and we have had a few attempts at spawning (both rams and discus). In the last year we've also had several algae problems, green water, worms, and I almost wiped out the entire tank when I set up Co2 Overall its a great hobby and I still enjoy it very much

Recently I've decided to go for a new look and layered gray river sand over the red flourite. A heavy pruning was also in order in an attempt to give the scape a simpler more zen look. I'm thinking better plant growth and maybe some larger/simpler hard-scaping would help achieve this look. Any suggestions would be welcome

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I really like that tank.

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wow it looks gorgeous!

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Nice Discus tank, Pals !
I like your simple style of aquascape – so expressive and giving enough space for the growing Discus…
The second photo is very interesting…I like to use sometime my Discus fishes for photo's "background" too…


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Hey, im just wondering what kind of lighting you use for ur big discus tank? are all of those plants low light? If so, what kind are they?
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Tank Size: 72" x 24" x 18" (135 gallons)
Plants: Echinodurs Amazonicus, Echinodorus Bleheri, Echinodorus X Rose, Vallisneria Gigantea
Fish: Blue Rams, Discus, Siamese Algae Eater
Decorative Materials: Flourite base covered with river sand, driftwood, rocks
Background: Black vinyl
Lighting: 2x96 watt Corallife 36" compact flourescent
Filtration: 2x External Eheim Pro, UV Steralizer
Additional Information: Injected Co2, ferts include Nitrogen, Iron, and Potassium added about once a week. pH is kept around 7
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i like it a lot. can we get some more pics please and some closeups of the discus
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I like to use sometime my Discus fishes for photo's background too
Nice work. I'm planning or re-photographing the tank tonight and adjusting the lights so the fish don't look x-rayed (they don't normally look like that). I also had my hands in there earlier in the evening and the water hadn't quite cleared yet.
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The scape looks great. Everything seems perfectly proportioned, if that makes sense.

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I love it! I'm especially fond of the way the giant vals curl in from both sides to create almost a vaulted look to the tank. Compared with some tanks on this site, it looks a little "bare," but I find that a welcome relief sometimes. It also doesn't look like you have many problems with algae. Lower light levels can be a blessing like that.
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I edited the original post to show a better picture of the scape. I'll try and snap close-ups of the fish as they cooperate


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Nice tank and picss got anymore?
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Nice tank and picss got anymore?
Here are another two I snapped tonight...


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The Right Side. The two darker left-most discus just laid eggs on the big leaf
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