Paul, I'm doing the research for setting up a 75 gallon planted discus tank. I figured I would run my setup and stocking thoughts by you, and see if you recommend anything different.
75g aqeon tank
Ada microferts (sub soil)
Ada powersand s
Ada amazonas cap
Small front area with pool filter sand
Ada rock (nature style)
Twin aquaclear 70's hob
Not sure on heater and lighting
Not sure yet...suggestions?
3 4.5" discus from Chicago Discus (not decided on strain)
6-12 Pygmy corydoras
A school of small tetras (rasbora, neon, tummy nose) not sure, but just one species.
2 albino bristlenose plecos
Amani shrimp (if I can make it work as far as water and tank mates go)
Any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated...I would really like to do it right the first time. I plan on having the tank set up without fish, then after fishless cycle, start slowly introducing fish, allowing for bio to adjust. I'm not sure if there's any truth to it, but I've heard that introducing the tetras after the discus cause them to school better, due to the large fish.
If you've not kept discus before, I recommend you keep things as simple as possible until you gain several months' experience with keeping discus & get to know their traits & behaviors.
In particular, may I respectfully suggest
that your intended substrate combo of
Ada microferts, powersand, and amazonas cap, while great for growing plants in most situations, may not be the best & safest approach for starting out with discus - it could be difficult to keep properly clean, and might tend to harbor the development of potentially harmful bacteria which could adversely affect water quality & conditions.
Please consider starting out with nothing more than a complete pool filter sand substrate for ease of vacuuming/cleansing of waste matter.
Otherwise your set up is good. Consider low intensity lighting & Eheim 300 w heating.
Plants: Some that do quite well @ the higher discus temps, using root tab fertilizing are:
- Any variety of Amazon Sword
- Bacopas &/or Rotalas
- Vals & Sag's
- Nympheas (Lotuses)
Chicago discus is an excellent source for high quality, well-shaped fish.
Your suggested species will be compatible with discus, and can readily tolerate the higher discus temps, with the exceptions of:
Otocinclus - which have on occasion as they get lager & older, been known to take a liking to discus' slime coating as part of their diet - it happened to me, more than once - avoid them.
I tried Amanos with discus but they didn't do well and didn't last long.
Neons do not do well @ discus temp - think Cardinals instead.
Always introduce discus first to an intended community tank set-up & allow them several weeks to become comfortable with their new surroundings. Add any tank-mates afterwards, following a proper quarantine of course.
Call on me if there's anything more I can help you with.
Dare I ask??? (long story)
Any thoughts on Discus and gluteraldehyde/seachem flourish excel
or other liquid carbon sources?
Seems to be contradictory thoughts on it.
Yes there are some contradictory thoughts on it, but I've used Excel/Flourish and other Seachem liquid fert sources with moderation, and with no ill effects.
Give it a go. Shouldn't be a problem.