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210 Gallon Starphire Discus Tank --56 K Beware!

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Hi,

Well this is my tank. Let me tell you a little about it. The lights are 3 150 watt HQI MH. I am using the ADA Amanoa 8000k bulbs. The end 2 lights are on for 10 hrs. while the middle comes on for 2 hours at high noon. Substrate is Aquasoil Amazonia II which threw out a lot of ammonia in the first 6 weeks but has settled down now. White sand in front.CO2 injection. Amazon swords only. Temp 84 degrees F.

Filtration: Eheim Pro 3 and a Eheim Pro II. I really debated going with a drilled tank and in hindsight I am kicking myself. I live in an apartment in NYC and would not like having this tank shut down because of a leak on the neighbors. I have kept reef tanks here with complex plumbing and never had a problem but always worried. Right now it seems to work. I am thinking about a way to cover up the pipes. Tom Barr suggested a X-mas Moss wall on the back. Great idea. I will have to look into it.

I have 7 Jack Wattley Discus (red variants) 4-5". There were 8 but one jumped out, sadly. I also have 30 amano shrimps, 30 cardinals (will get more), 6 panda cories (will get more), one hillstream loach, 3 ottos (will get more).

Water Changes---50 percent 1Xweek.

Additives: ADA Iron bottom long and multi plants sticks.

My photography skills are very novice. I apologize in advance. Any thoughts appreciated.
Oh and check out the infertile discus eggs!
Andy

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Gorgeous! I've been planning on doing a discus tank for quite some time. Tanks like yours really inspire me.
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Thats a beast of a tank and it looks great! However I would get Ocean Clear filters x 2 and get you an Iwaki pump in the 1200-1500 GPH range.
You can have black PVC run up the back from those filters..
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the tank is amazing! i like it, i think it looks really natural.

a moss wall would certianly look nice, or you could grow a background of vals.

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Thats a beast of a tank and it looks great! However I would get Ocean Clear filters x 2 and get you an Iwaki pump in the 1200-1500 GPH range.
You can have black PVC run up the back from those filters..
Thanks Guys. The tank is not drilled. Would you add a HOB like CPR Backpack?

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No,,you would have PVC tubing run up the back from the filters just like what you have now. Only instead it would be 1" PVC and not 5/8 tubing.
You will get more flow and better filtration. Plus when you put it all together you could make a quick drain and fill water changing system for yourself. very Easy...
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That is a good Idea Orlando!!!
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