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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone I am getting a 93 cube. To make a planted discus tank .I'm very confused on what substrate I should go with, I've been reading organic soil,fluval ,eco complete ,ada Amazon soil....then do I cap it with a gravel or a sand ? I will be running co2,and liquid fertilizer. I would like to go with a good substrate that will last long term .

Doing some more reading looks like grad 20 pool sand is the way to go for discus and plants ..

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What is "long term" to you? If you're looking at not breaking the tank down after a couple of years from a more active substrate (dirt, soil, ADA Aquasoil, Controsoil, Fluval Spectrum, etc.), I would recommend going with an inert substrate like sand, fine gravels, etc. (Yes your mileage will vary depending on substrate)

That would be different types of Sand, EcoComplete, CaribSea gravels, etc. Just choose your color. I wouldn't "cap" anything but active substrates (because you needed to keep it at the bottom of the tank), otherwise why would you cap it? By keeping it inert, you can use CO2 and liquid/solid ferts to keep plants healthy and aerate sand/gravel as needed without needing to break down the tank.

There's plenty of folks having success with their own method and recipe, so you can experiment if you want to do your own variation.
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Have you ever raised discus before? Experienced in fish-keeping?

Experienced in aquarium plants? Co2?

What size discus are you getting?

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Have you ever raised discus before? Experienced in fish-keeping?

Experienced in aquarium plants? Co2?

What size discus are you getting?
...Someone is excited.
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...Someone is excited.
Yes
May be a bit too ambitious if starting as new to discus-keeping ( maybe even fish-keeping?) and aquarium plants/co2.



Can be challenging enough to get to know one- and a disaster if having to learn all at the same time.

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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Hi yes I have kept fish my whole life I currently have a 58 gallon column with 2 discus in there and a few other smaller tetras .I'm not looking to breed discus although the ones I have do breed .. I wanted to upgrade to a bigger tank for them ,I have plants in the tank and dose liquid fertz and CO2..I'm asking because to be honest I'm a reef guy and getting into planted tanks again ..been in the hobby for over 30 years .
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May be a bit too ambitious if starting as new to discus-keeping ( maybe even fish-keeping?) and aquarium plants/co2.



Can be challenging enough to get to know one- and a disaster if having to learn all at the same time.
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