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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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High Tech Planted Discus Tank Advice

Hey all! In a bit of a dilemma...

I want to have a planted tank full and lush, but so far the plants that are suggested for the heat of a discus tank don't give me that look..

I am tempted to sell my discus and lower the tank to about 76 degrees instead of 84.

But I still love discus!! AHH!!

If anyone has pointers on how to achieve both this would be much appreciated.

PS- I even tried lowering the temp to the minimal 82 degrees for a while but when I tried other plants they couldn't take the heat still and died off even with high light and co2.

Just incase anyone wants to know here are my tank specs and water params

Here is my "High Tech" discus tank

Tank
75g Tall
2x54w T5 HO (10k and 6k bulbs)
5lb co2 tank
CarbonDoser regulator (about 4-5bps)
EXT5000 inline reactor
Sunsun 303A Canister Filter (369gph)
Aquariumplants.com substrate
AquariumFertilizer.com Micro/Macro mix 20ml/day

Water Parameters
Temp 84 degrees
pH stable at 6.8
i can get the rest tomorrow after class but I'm too tired to bust out my test kits right now lol
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 06:57 AM
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On simplydiscus there is a thread about plants that have worked well in discus tanks for people. It's stickied under the biotope/planted section. You might just need to make due with the plants on that list. I've never mixed the two, mostly because my discus are at 89-90 and my plants stay at 77ish. Good luck, post a picture, sounds beautiful. I'd find the list but that'd be a lot of effort for me!
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I think anyone would require more information before being able to make an accurate diagnosis. What kind of plants? How long has the tank been setup? What's you're cleaning and maintenance routine? Can you describe what the problems with your plants look like? Have you successfully kept other 'lush' planted tanks before? Is your fertilizer entirely comprehensive? (I hadn't looked it up).
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I raised the temp in my tank to 84, should be getting my discus this week, my swords seem to be doing fine, and ludwigia repens seems to have to no qualms with the higher heat, and it will give you a very bushy look!!
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Thanks everyone!

And my tank has been up for over a year now. It used to be very lush and green pre-discus. about 76-78 degrees. Now 82-84 and it just doesn't look the same no matter what I try.

I decided to move my 5 discus (all about 4-5 inches) to a 40g bare bottom tank I have and wait for them to pair up as they are still young. Ive always wanted to give them a shot at breeding. BUT I will be moving them soon, and lowering the main tank temperature back to about 76-78 degrees.

Maybe in the future I will setup discus tank like this


But for now I want my main tank to be like this
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