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Tank Upgrade - Substrate Change - Low Tech 125 gallon discus tank - A journey!

I've posted a couple of pictures in the low tech forum but now that I'm pretty much done with buying plants and fish (unless I find a deal on a 90 gallon ) I thought a beginning to end photo journal would be good to have in the photo album.

I upgraded from a plastic plant 55 gallon community to:

Oceanic 72 Gallon Bowfront - Open top
Coralife 2x65 watt 10,000K
1" of flourite under Silica Sand
Fluval 405 with spraybar
Aquaclear 70 H.O.B. filter

I don't use ferts or C02. The lights are on 12 hours a day.
I do a 20% water change almost daily (I skip sometimes) and a 40% once a week.

I don't know all the names of the plants because I got them over time from a few different stores.
2 Crypts
Bunch of different Swords
dwarf hairgrass
corkscrew vals
vals
an onion plant
java ferns
some sort of moss I tied to the driftwood

And pushing the limits of the bio
4 Juvinelle Discus - 1 Turqouise, 1 red Turq, 1 Fuji Red, 1 Marlboro Red
3 Adult Discus - 1 Leopard Spotted - 1 Solid Blue - 1 Pigeon Blood
2 Rummynose Tetras
3 Cardinal Tetras
2 Clown Loaches
4 Cories
6 Ottos
2 SAE's
5 Rosy Barbs (left over from the community tank and my wife likes em)


This place has been very helpful and the pictures are incredible! Thanks for all the information guys and gals!

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Old 55 gallon tank


New 72 with just a couple of live plants a few discus and the wrong substrate


After taking out the gravel and rinsing the silica sand and flourite for hours it was still a cloudy and dark tank....
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After about 4 hours it started to clear


After filtering for 24 hours it started to clear
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Did you leave the fish in for that?

75g 3 T8s 2x OD, XP3, pres. CO2,
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After adding some more plants and a few new discus


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Did you leave the fish in for that?
Not the discus, but all the others, yes! They did just fine!
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A few more plants and some re-aranging


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Here is what should be all my fish and plants..........


Beggin for food
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That is a GREAT picture! Your fish are beautiful!
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Did you leave the fish in for that?
I worry about that sometimes too, but then I think that fish DO live in the Mississippi River. It can't be that bad!

Beautiful Discus! Your tank has come a VERY LONG WAY since the beginning, you should be proud!


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This was probably just mud (inorganics), but I'd be concerned about DO levels in a tank with that much turbidity; especially if there were any old substrate used.

I agree the tank looks great with the progress!

75g 3 T8s 2x OD, XP3, pres. CO2,
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The substrate change was about 2 months ago, I didn't lose any fish or have any problems with water, so I'm thinking it was inorganics.
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That is a GREAT picture! Your fish are beautiful!
Thanks, they are so much fun to watch! And they are so used to water changes that you can pet them while vacuuming the tank............I'm on the look out for a bigger tank though! This is an addiction!
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I took out a piece of driftwood on the left hand side to open a little more of the front up for the fish..........they seem to like it, everyone is healty and happy so far!



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