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Question Newby here! Need some advice please :)

Hello everyone, I am new to this forum, but not new to the hobby. I have been an avid marine aquarist for the last 17 years. I have now decided to venture off into some new territory here and I would like some advice..

I have a 40g breeder tank with 2 dimmable LED lights that I want to turn into a planted aquarium (without dosing CO2) and eventually adding 2 discus fish.
I was wondering if I could get some ideas on how to stock this tank. I did order 3 bags of eco-complete sand and I have drift wood and petrified wood for basic decor.
I won't be adding the discus until my tank is fully broke in and stable, but I would like to know what kind of fish I can add (after the cycle, of course) that will go good with discus and are colorful. I am talking top, middle and bottom feeders and I would also like some ideas on low maintenance plants that do not require the CO2 dosing.

Anything you guys care to share with me is greatly appreciated!!
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Here is a list of low light plants. Most of them will likely work, though I would look up the temp ranges on the plants...as discus tanks run a little warm..80-82 degrees.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=56042

Tetras! Neon, Black, Rasbora...etc. They can handle the heat and school well.

FYI, 2 discus isn't a great idea. You need a small herd, 5-6 at least. They like to set up a pecking order of sorts, the order doesn't work well with just two...unless you get a mated pair. With 5-6 in a 40 things can get crowded for them.

I'm not going to tell you what to do, but I would suggest a larger tank or a different centerpiece fish.
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I plan on getting a mated pair for my tank. I would get more, but the get pretty large and there will not be enough room.
Thank you for your response.
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Ahh, got ya! That will work...check out sone of the stuff DiscusPaul has written on here regarding Discus and planted tanks. He is one of our goto frisbee fish guys.

Anyways, I think Discus go well with almost any Tetras.
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I suggest a lot of straight up and down plants like Valisneria. I wouldn't stuff the tank with plants too much, even though I believe lots of plants are good for each other. Definitely enough to provide 3D and break up the scenery, though.

MY TANK: Planted 10g; 2 x 10W CFL; Fluval U2 internal filter; MGOCPM/black sand cap

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