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Learning: 100 Gallon Discus Nature Triangle [56k]

I've always wanted to keep Discus. As it turns out I live near Discus Hans ... This tank started coming to life about November of 2014.

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Plants (Help here, been a while since I got them so chime in)
  • Ammannia Gracilis - stem plant bright red/pink stalks
  • Anubias nana barteri - baby anubias/short bush dark thick leaves
  • cryptocoryne retrospiralis - tall thin long dark leaves
  • Limnophila ‘hippuroides’ - stem plant - green and pink under leaves
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii Green - short bush, crinkled edge leaves
  • Hygrophila pinnatifida - dark burgandy/purple thin jagged edge leaves
  • Echinodorus parviflorus/Dwarf Sword - short bush round leaves (20150825 doing much better)
  • Echinodorus tenellus - Super tall and healthy pygmy chain sword
  • Hygrophila difformis/Water Wisteria - crazy grower tall branched bright green leaves
  • Cabomba Purple - stem plant - thin shooting dark green leaves color near the light
  • Nyphaea Zenkeri - Red Tiger Lotus - lily plant dark red - large leaves
  • Hemianthus callitrichoides/Dwarf Baby Tears - tiny leaves, carpet plant (20150803 won't root, trying dry start in another tank, will transfer)

Fish
  • 12x Hans/Stendker Discus
  • 24x Cardinal tetra
  • 1x Sterba's Cory
  • 1x Harlequin Rasbora
  • 1x Common Pleco (20150803 large >8" needs to move to another tank)
  • 1x Bristlenose Plecostomus
  • 1x Bristlenose Albino Plecostomus

Hardware/Hardscape
  • Pressurized CO2 with 4" PVC Custom Rex Grigg Style Reactor
  • Milwaukee Instruments MC122 pH Controller
  • 300W Heater
  • AquaClear 70 Powerhead
  • Fluval FX6
  • BML Buildmyled XB 60" 90 degree
  • ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil (5x9L Normal + 1x3L Powder)
  • Malaysian Driftwood (Couple of large pieces broken down)

Historical Events/Changes
  • Jan 2015: 1x Coralife Lunar Aqualight Quad T5 HO -> 2x Coralife Lunar Aqualight Quad T5 HO
  • March 2015: 2x Coralife Lunar Aqualight Quad T5 HO -> 1x BML Buildmyled XB 60" 90 degree
  • May 2015:
    1. Eheim Pro II 2128 -> Fluval FX6
    2. Inline Diffuser -> 4" PVC Custom Rex Grigg Style Reactor
  • July 2015: Eco-Complete (4-7 years old, ~7 bags) -> ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil (5x9L Normal + 1x3L Powder)
  • Aug 25, 2015: Rescape, girlfriend's design (she has a much better artistic mind than me)

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Going on three days of dry starting my Dwarf Baby Tears in a 5g tank outside. It looks like direct sunlight for the first couple days in addition to our 90+ degrees F heat has burnt most of the leaves. I just added plastic wrap on top yesterday.

Some are still green, but not nearly as green as when I started. Are the white leaves completely dead?

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I moved it into the shade last night, we'll see how well they do today.
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Will you please post a pic of your discus

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thats way too overstocked with discus i hope youre doing wc everyday
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thats way too overstocked with discus i hope youre doing wc everyday
du3ce, overstocked?! uh oh. They seem very happy in there. I'm doing a straight up EI regiment with weekly WCs. Can you shed some more light on your comment?

The only thing I'd change is to get a lighter colored substrate. I believe they're developing a little peppering because the dark Amazonia. Hopefully that'll change when I get some HC to take root.

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There is a video that The King of DIY just posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXe3VKh7qF8

It's a presentation by Al Sabetta (owner of simplydiscus). He'll tell you everything you need to know about discus.

I don't know if Hans already told you, but planted discus tank isn't a good idea for young juveniles. They are best raised in a bare bottom tank with frequent large water change.

Tank isn't overstocked, just isn't an ideal condition to raise young discus. Adult discus will do awesome in a planted tank!
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du3ce, overstocked?! uh oh. They seem very happy in there. I'm doing a straight up EI regiment with weekly WCs. Can you shed some more light on your comment?

The only thing I'd change is to get a lighter colored substrate. I believe they're developing a little peppering because the dark Amazonia. Hopefully that'll change when I get some HC to take root.

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how big are your discus? unless they are adult sized i would do wc daily or atleast every other day.
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du3ce, overstocked?! uh oh. They seem very happy in there. I'm doing a straight up EI regiment with weekly WCs. Can you shed some more light on your comment?
It's not that they seem unhappy or that you need to add more ferts. Juvenile discus require large daily water changes in the range of 40-50% daily to grow, unless you don't mind having stunted and sick discus.

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Great video by Al! I got my discus at a large 3.5", now they are approaching 4" each. Without realizing, I did plan an open front to the scape. I'll have take a close look at the features on them now that I know what to look for. According to the video it looks like I should look into water changes every couple days.

Maybe start with a small WC every couple days and see how it affects them, raise if necessary. Anyone know how that's going to affect EI dosing? Seems like if I stay on schedule then it wouldn't matter.
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