This started back in March when my dad bought a used 80 gallon tank with some gold fishes and koi fishes. I've always had fishes before, but was never able to keep them alive long enough due to my inexperience and knowledge deficinecy.
Anyhow, we had a 60 gallon set up with some koi fishes already, but my little brother wanted to raise discus. This peak my interest a bit so i decided to help him transfer the koi and set up the 80 gallon to raise discus. We did a complete make over by sanding and repainting the stand and canopy. After that, we bought some plantsx and driftwood from Petco(big mistake) and a couple discus from serveal different lfs(another mistake).
Sadly, our first batch of discus all died except for 1. Thats when we started looking for info on how to care for them and found the simplydiscus forum. With some careful research, we were able to get a 2nd batch from a lfs with success!!! Here's the result..bare with me...I'm really bad with taking pictures.
From there, I saw pictures of other member's planted discus tank. I was pretty shocked at how nice they looked. I've never even heard or seen a planted tank before that.
After some exploring, I found this forum and that's when my obession began!! In the middle of April, I thought I'd start small and do a 10 gallon.
By the start of May, I had my 10 gallon up and running on DIY CO2 with a nano glass diffuser(started with the fizz factory from petco at first), ecocomplete, and pretty crummy stock light fixure and an expensive bulb. I kept the tank up for awhile and all was good until algae started covering the tank by the end of May. I'm pretty sure it was due to the CO2 not being consistent and not dosing any ferts. I was pretty discouraged after that, but I kept the tank running and tried to get rid of the algae as much as possible(now torn down due to the new setup). Here was the attempt.
Soon after my little brother bought a 100 gallon off craiglist which had ecocomplete(mixed with rocks though, arrggg). We decided to convert the 80 gallon into a planted tank and place the discus in the bare bottom 100 gallon for the mean time.
I decided I need to do a lot of research and get the right equipment if i was going to do this right. From the end of May towards mid June I continued with research and stocking equipment. By the end of June, i had everything i needed and felt pretty confident.
So towards the end of June, I went and started doing the setup. I got a lot of plants thanks to fellow members!! At first we placed the discus back in, but decided there wasnt enough room so back to the 100gallon they went!
Heres what it was at the start(2 weeks ago) to the progression of what it is now:
Running 2 canister filter that came with the tank
5lb tank with JBJ regulator/bubble counter and Rhinox diffuser
216 watt Catalina light fixture
EI dosing with dry ferts and root tabs
1 Cherry Shrimp, 2 Amano shrimps, 7 CRS
Surprisingly, nothing has died on me!! *knock on wood*
I must be doing something right now!
Well, the future plan is to add some more fauna and rearrange(add/subtract) some flora. I also want to work on my aquascaping techniques(more hardscape)/photography
skills in the near future. Haha. Any pointers at all?
I'm broke after this setup, so I wont be doing a rescape any time soon. All my spare money from the past couple paychecks went into this! I hope you enjoyed my journey thus far! There will be more to come...dun dun dun!