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recommendations for 45tall with t-8 lighting

Hey Folks,
I am setting up a low tech tank. I am not sure if my lighting is good enough for that.

What I am trying to do is raise Discus to breeding. They will be in this tank which is 36 wide, 24 tall, 12 deep. I will likely run this around 84 degrees. The water chemistry will be soft and acidic. I am attempting to get a ph of about 6.4. This will be achieved with the use of RO water, tap water, and ph buffers.

I have two t-8 fixtures. One is a 25 watt 36" bulb, the other is a 17w 24" bulb. I am planning on using zoo med's super flora sun bulbs( maybe the 24" might be the tropic sun daylight bulb)

My current plant choices are jungle moss, jungle val, and nana or barteri anubias. I hoe to have them anchored to some drift wood. My substrate will be about 1" depth, so that I can clean it easily. I can add fertilizers if needed.

I think I am creating a difficult environment for the plants to grow. I would appreciate some feedback on my ideas and what to change if needed.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Jcricket,

On this forum of the better discus keepers is @discuspaul. Here is one of his threads to get you started.

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Dont forget @Discusluv as well.

My limited experience with Discus if your trying to breed them you may be wanting more of a spartan tank then something planted with substrate. I havnt bred discus since I was a teen many years ago and I had varying success due to my inexperience/resources/minimal information availability. Would think best option is some wood with the anubias, moss, and such glued to it with the jungle val in individual potted containers.

Just my thoughts, wait for the pros before making any informed decisions.


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Dont forget @Discusluv as well.

My limited experience with Discus if your trying to breed them you may be wanting more of a spartan tank then something planted with substrate. I havnt bred discus since I was a teen many years ago and I had varying success due to my inexperience/resources/minimal information availability. Would think best option is some wood with the anubias, moss, and such glued to it with the jungle val in individual potted containers.

Just my thoughts, wait for the pros before making any informed decisions.
You are spot on with what I was thinking. The substrate I was thinking about was a simply epoxy cover gravel, less than an inch thick. This would allow bi-monthly vacuuming of it and keeping it clean.

So Anubias, java moss, and jungle val will work with lower light and warmer water? Those are the three plants I want to use.

I'll look into the discus suggestions too.

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You are spot on with what I was thinking. The substrate I was thinking about was a simply epoxy cover gravel, less than an inch thick. This would allow bi-monthly vacuuming of it and keeping it clean.

So Anubias, java moss, and jungle val will work with lower light and warmer water? Those are the three plants I want to use.

I'll look into the discus suggestions too.

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Sandy gravel in 1-3mm size is best. It’s tight enough that large debris/poop won’t settle into substrate and stays on top where it can easily be removed with light skimming over top or using a turkey baster to blow it up so filters pick it up. Avoid pea size gravel except maybe few scattered around top as decor. Use right size and set up circulation patterns correctly and you’ll find you very rarely need to vacuum sandy gravel. No bigger than 1/8”-BB sized.
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