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Several beginner questions

Hi I've posted here before but I finally got into a 55 instead of a 30 and have 6 discus. It's a planted tank which I know many will warn against but the extra effort is part of the fun for me. <br />
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My first question is involving the filter. I have a fluval 405 canister and I have a sponge on the intake as well as the sponges and other bio media on the inside. Does anyone else with a similar filter use other media they would recommend?<br />
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My other question is about co2 injection. I've been injecting co2 for months now and have a co2 controller to keep ph consistent which I hear is the most important part for discus. Does any one else inject co2 in a planted discus tank? I know a lot don't because of the ph swings but mine doesn't swing due to the co2 controller. Are there other issues I should worry about? I currently have an air stone in the water as well to insure o2 content. This is probably a little counterproductive though because of the co2 right?<br />
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I've noticed for the planted discus tank its all about balance. I've found that its a very delicate balance that is taking me time to dial in. For instance if the lights are on too long the discus get stressed but if they aren't on long enough the plants start to wither. <br />
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Anyway just looking for some advice from someone who has possibly had success with a similar setup. Thanks for putting up with my newb questions. <br />
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Andrew
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