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After keeping discus for a year in my 29 gallon fish tank, I decided it was time to upgrade to my dream tank, a 72 gallon bow front! I really wanted to do the who planted tank thing right this time as to make it look like one of those beautiful aquascapes you see in youtube videos. I finally found a seller on craigslist and purchased my tank. This is the story of how its been going so far and hopefuly things to come in the future.
 

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just figured out how to add pictures so here are some pictures of tank I'm tanking down and the new 72 bow front I just recently got on august first. the tank has had water in it for a little under 2 weeks now and the plants hvae been in there since then too. i contemplated a dry start but after seeing the condition of the pogostemon erectus i filled the tank right away. that plant was pronounced Dead On Arival (DOA) and the rest of the plants seem to be doing fine other than the hair grass. I ordered 4 myriophyllum pinnatum, 4 pogostemon erectus, 4 rotala wallichii, 5 dwarf hair grass, 1 rotala rotundifolia from plantedaquariumscentral.com and couldn't be happier. They had a deal if you buy 4 of the stems they send a 5th free. to my surprise they added 1 extra of every plant other than the hair grass which instantly made me a life time customer (this was my first online experience with plants). The pictures here are of my old tank and the 5 fish I plan on moving to their new bigger and better home once it is up and cycled.
 

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After finally getting the tank, I went on a little adventure. Bought two large peices of wood for 26 dollars each, and then went out into a forest looking for rocks I liked. After bringing home around 1500 lbs of rock, i bought a 21L pot to boil the wood and rocks. I poured my dirt into my tank and wet it down letting it sit for 3 days. Next I arranged the hard scape in an athstectically pleasing fashion. A couple of days later I recieved my plants and put them into my small tank for safe keeping. At first the discus didn't like the filled aquarium but after that they came around and seemed to love it.

I purchased 3, 50 lb bags of organic choice dirt, 2 15lb bags of eco complete, and then about 40 lbs of black sand from my other tank as a cap. I also bought a aquaclear 110 filter for this tank and a 300 watt heater because the discus love their heat. I have been using a CO2 diffuser from petsmart for about 7 months now and am going to stick with that for this tank as well.
 

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A problem dealing with Craigslist is that in order to get a tank for the right price, i had to buy it from someone who had previously used it for salt water... i called a bunch of local fish stores (LFS) and they all said it would be fine for my discus as long as i used vinegar to scrub the inside of the tank well. I also recieved the guys light fixture which had 2 t12 light bulbs for marine life. I couldn't find any t12s under 50 dollars online and then i found that lowes sells pairs for 8$! so i went to lows and bought another dual fixture and now my tank is lit by 4 T12 40 watt lights giving me a grand total of 160watts. all the light bulbs are 6500k and should be great for my plants.

my tank has been cycling for 2 weeks now with the plants and i have done about 5 full water changes to re organize plants and to remove the tanis from the water due to the large peices of wood. I thought boiling them would be sufficent but i guess not.

I am struggling to keep my hair grass alive and ws wondering if anyone had any tips for me. most of the clumps have turned yellow and I'm afraid i wont have that beautiful carpet I was hoping for. All the other plants seem to be doing fine.
 

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I bought 2 Bristle nose plecos two days ago and both cats are going NUTS over them. I think they like the way they swim sparatically in the water and don't gain ground well. I also forgot to mention that i painted the back of my tank black because it seemed thats how most of the beautiful aquariums look. on my 29 gallon i painted it blue and liked it but I think most of my discus don't really pop on that type of a background. I'm hoping this black background helps their color. I have also found that the plants had a few snails and now they are EVERYWHERE in my 72. its kinda funny cus i went through trouble to desnail my other tank and now here they are again.

I was also wondering if that by not growing alge in my tank if that is good or bad. i was wondering if that meant i don't have enough light or enought nutrients or am i just lucky cus i used eco complete to ward off the attack. hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!
 

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With the dark background and dark substrate it may cause the discus to actually darken. the tank itself is looking very nice!

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With the dark background and dark substrate it may cause the discus to actually darken. the tank itself is looking very nice!

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Well I hope not but if it does then I will learn my lesson. I had them with a white gravel when I first purchased them and they would never come out of hiding. I read that light gravel hurt their eyes because it is so bright and when I purchased a black sand almost a year ago it was an imediate change in behavior. I guess I will just have to wait and see :)
 

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Someone had to start the triple didgets. 72 Bow dirted, yes please.
after #97, 98, 99
 

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Well I hope not but if it does then I will learn my lesson. I had them with a white gravel when I first purchased them and they would never come out of hiding. I read that light gravel hurt their eyes because it is so bright and when I purchased a black sand almost a year ago it was an imediate change in behavior. I guess I will just have to wait and see :)
funny little critters aren't they! :)

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The DHG is probably turning yellow due to not enough light.
TO be honest, Im not sure if t12 bulbs have enough of a PAR reading at the substrate to make it effective. Someone call Hoppy into this thread lol.
Otherwise, I love everything :p
 

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LMFAO! That picture of the cat and fish is awesome!

I just put the discus in the tank today! The plants are all doing great and the DHG has started to root and is super green. I cut the Foxtail in half and replanted. They are consistantly about 2 inches in diameter and were the fastest to reach the top of the tank. The rotala wallichii has started to grow upwards in the last few days because I added some iron tablets. prior to that there was little growth at all but nothing was dying.

The discus are coming out and look very happy with their new tank. They do however look very small which made me laugh because they looked so large in the 29 gallon tank. I also used my last test strip yesterday so now I'm just going to have to be consistant on the water changes and hope everything goes well. I will add some pictures next time I stop by because right now the suns up and half of the tank is just one big reflection.
 

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4 weeks later!

closed the curtains and took a ton of pictures. here are some of the better ones that I liked. I think the light was the issue with the DHG so when i got 4 bulbs it really turned it around and saved them :)
 

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Week 5

So this week i saw some major growth to my plants. I have been dosing with excel 3 times this week and am going to start doing it on a regular basis. I wanted to make sure the discus would be fine and that the plants were benefitting from it. Seems like they have if you compare last weeks photos to this weeks worth of growth. I also cut the fox tail in half for the second time and the rotala in half for the first time and replanted all of the stems. I am going for the bushy look and want a large background of plant. The rotala wallichii has started to grow for the first time noticably. Not sure if it is from the iron pellets or the excel but I'm hoping a bit of both.

The dwarf hair grass has also started to root out which I am super excited about after its near death look two weeks ago. The only problem now is that the discus like to rip them up when some food goes near it. The blue diamond ripped a huge peice out just to spite me I think.

Still no real sign of alge unless that brown stuff on the foxtail is a brown alge. I was thinking its just dirt dust because I managed to stir it up every time I mess with the tank and it makes the tank cloudy.

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