Planting my 4ft discus tank? - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 84
Planting my 4ft discus tank?

I have a very barren 4ft discuss tank and want to plant it. The plants in this photo are fake and I threw them all out. So it's just sand and rocks. Note: old picture.

There is currently 3 discuss, 1 BNP and 1 very large clown loach in the tank at the moment.

I have a wonderful 3ft, I like the jungle/ low light setups

I am scared my clown and BNP will dig up and ruin the plants?
Also discus and plants?
I hear sand is good but does it go brown and dirty looking in a planted tank? Currently I have to siphon it out to clean every 2 weeks.

Any suggestions?
sean117Ply is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 11:45 PM
Fresh Fish Freak
lauraleellbp's Avatar
PTrader: (70/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 24,403
Search through the Tank Journals forum, and see if there are any discus tanks there that strike your eye. I've always learned tons by reading through other peoples' journals.

A "traditional" planted discus tank layout incorporates a planted area in the back of the tank, with plant substrate, and an open sandy area in the front for a feeding area.

Yes, I imagine you'll have to work to keep the sandy area clean. Personally I can't stand sand b/c it's too much work to keep clean. There are other colors than white on the market, however.

Clown loaches and BNPs can be rough on plant, especially if the plants haven't had a chance to put down roots yet. You could always stick with plants that can be tied onto hardscape (java ferns, mosses, anubias) and/or potted plants to help with that.

I'd probably use something other than string for tying so the pleco doesn't risk getting caught up in the thread, though- twist ties or zip ties can work instead.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Next meeting Monday, Oct 13, 2014 @ 7:15pm- See ya there!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
lauraleellbp is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 11:29 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mexico
Posts: 544
I currently have low tech 60 gal planted discus tank. I only have 6 discus in the tank and it is not very heavily planted. I have rotala rotundifolia, a large amazon sword plant, some java fern and an anubias nana, with driftwood. Here are some pics:

I dose fertz a couple times a week (a mix of micros with potassium and carbon via excel). I donīt dose phosphorus or nitrate, since discus are supposed to be sensitive to both. I do a daily 20% wc with gravel vacuuming.

The fish are very happy in the tank, eating well, nice colors and have actually grown a bit in the month that Iīve had them (based on the pic I just uploaded). The plants seem to have adapted to the warmer temps without much fuss
blackandyellow is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome