Attention planted discus owners!!
Alright, so I lurked around on another discus forum and have gathered a bit of info on their setups...seems like the majority of hard-core discus keepers prefer the "ease" of barebottom setups...I personally like the look of planted.
Shalu, and others can you post your weekly routines? Shalu, are you still doing wc's every 48 hours or so with no nitrate dosing? Have you stretched it to three days? How is your dosing schedule?
What about a good size recommendation? 4-5 inch?
The general consensus seems that smaller juveniles grow better on barebottom tanks.
Also, what about foreground plants? Keep a foreground or remove it for ease of maintenance? Good bottom dwellers? (cories?)
From a bit of research I've picked up that discus can be kept (not bred) at virtually all pH (I've seen from 6.0 to 7.6), adding peat is my choice, co2 during the day is just fine (no harm of pH swings) with adequate kH, lighting should be fine between 3-4 wpg. Good filtration a must.
What about food? Are you guys feeding beefheart? (I read Carol's food method and am intrigued)? A lot of folks seem to feed Tetra Color bits? What about you guys? (Shalu, is the frozen blood worms good enough?).