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I have been keeping planted tanks for years and recently decided I wanted to keep a planted discus tank. I have been countless hours of research on keeping discus and I feel I'm ready to try it out. Please feel free to suggest any of your knowledge/recommendations and I will post the progress of the tank on this thread.

I currently have a 75g cycled aquarium that I am going to tear down and rebuild for the discus.

Equipment:

Substrate: 5 9l bags of ADA Aqua Soil
Heater: Hydor 300w inline w/ hydroset thermometer
Light: Coralife 216W
Filter: Eheim G90 Professional 3 and Aquaclear 70
Co2: Pressurized co2 system with reef fanatic regulator, ph controller, solenoid
DIY Aquarium Stand
Lg Driftwood

Plants:
Italian Val
Amazon Sword
Red Flame Sword
Pennywort
Crypts
Riccia (as forground/driftwood)
Staurogyne repens (still need to find these)


Future Tank mates: Cardinal Tetras, Rasporas, and a pair of apistos

Questions:

I was planning on keeping the tank at 82 degrees for the plants sake, i have read that this isn't a problem because I'm getting captive bread discus which are more adaptable. Correct?

Would it be best to keep the discus in a separate tank (20g) until they have grown to be larger? (Plan on getting 3-4in)

Please post any relevant information/experience that you think will be of help!

Thanks,
Brendan
 

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check out simplydiscus.com
 

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I would raise these juveniles in larger tank than 20 gal especially if more than two.
Young Discus will produce best growth, with thee to four feeding's per day, which in turn mean's more frequent water changes to keep metabolic input to minimum.
20 gal would not provide as much dilution capability as larger tank.
82 to 86 degree's is fine for temp.
Once the Discus reach adult size,,once or twice a day feeding's is all that is needed.
I might also visit SimplyDiscus.com for perhap's insight on other's who have done what you are striving for.
Good luck!
 
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