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Discus Tank Ideas

As some of you know, I'm getting a 55 gallon by the end of the month. Yesterday, I got my 4 inch discus for only $15. He's currently in a 10g quarantine; or the only other tank I can put him in. He's going to be the first inhabitant of the 55 gallon once it has cycled.

Here is my plan for the tank:

Fish
4-5 Adult Discus
5 (or possibly more) corys
30+ Cardinal/neon tetras
1 clown pleco
maybe a m/f pair of apistos

Plants
Amazon Frogbit
Sword plants
Vals
Dwarf hairgrass
possibly more

Substrate
(still not sure, but have some ideas)
Sand
Fine, Black Gravel
Eco-Complete (if I find some)

Filtration
Fluval 404
maybe power head for circulation
possibly more

Decoration
A lot of wood

Questions
Is this a good plan?
What should I add or remove?
What other South American plants can I add?
Can I add any more fish? If so, what?
How many pounds of substrate would be needed for a 2-4" bed?

All advice appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 10:54 PM
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Too small a tank for discus. discus are a shoaling fish and need # to do best. Witha 55 gal you may get 5 at the most.
That being said, I have 7 in a heavy planted 75 gal,and I have to stay on top of it(water change ,filter clean,gravel vac) to ensure water quality.

75 Gal Discus,Crypts,Bacopa,Vals,Ludwigia,Java Fern,Hygro+2 Swords,Alternanthera,java moss ,anubias,P.stellata,lotus
12 Gal Nano, Shrimp,Pygmy Corys,Riccia, Ludwigia,, crypts, HC,nana petite
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I definitely woudn't add more fish. Adding more plants would help; discus demand good water quality and plants help you achieve that. Like snake said, you need to keep on top of it. A 4" discus in a ten gallon tank, for example, needs to be monitored very closely. Are there plants in that tank? Has it been cycled?

You can get Eco Complete from Aquariumplants.com. Here's a substrate calculator: http://fish.bakerweb.biz/calculators.html

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Thanks, and yes the 10 gallon has been cycled. The discus is very skittish, but has really brightened up since I got him yesterday. There aren't any live plants in the ten gallon other than some java moss. I do 50% water changes every other day on the 10 gallon. If there needs to be more plants, I float some stems of rotala indica on the surface (no substrate). It has one of those dual foam filters and a fluval 105 running.

Thanks for the substrate calculator.

I have a few more questions though:
What is more natural for discus: sand or eco-complete?
What other plants could I add from South America?
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To find other South American plants you could go to http://www.tropica.com/ and in advanced search enter South America for continent. It'll give you a list of possibilities which you could fine-tune for your aquarium by using the other search parameters.

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Thanks again KDahlin. You have been a great help.
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