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Well this Will be my tank.. haha I still need to make my stand and do my lighting and set it up yadda yadda yadda......

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Tank: Custom 125 gallon 60x20x24
Filtration: Filstar XP4 with the addition of another down the road when needed.
Heater: Inline 300Watt heaters and my rooms kept at 70 degrees...
Lighting: 4 T5HO 54 watt bulbs staggered for light covereage 6700K and 10000K bulbs
Substrait: 2" bed of silica with a thin layer of Schultz aquatic soil and root tabs
Flora: no idea yet lots of swords and crpyts maybe some moss and glosso..
Fauna: 13 Discus 10 Corys and some other small guys. maybe some cardinals..

Ok on to the pic's thats a little 10G on top.




sorry for the lack of pic's lol tank just arrived today and man it was a pain in the ass to get into my house..

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tanks filled!



Im gonna pick up some plants tomorrow and finish up my lighting.

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Matt,

Unless you're getting full-grown adults I'd highly recommend taking the time to grow them out to the size you want before doing any serious planting. It may take longer, but it'll prevent a lot of heartache and frusteration. If you really want plants in there try putting a potted Amazon sword and some Java fern tied to small rocks. The idea is to have things you can move around and pick up to clean under or do a quick anti-algae dip when the nutrients get out of hand.

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Matt,

Unless you're getting full-grown adults I'd highly recommend taking the time to grow them out to the size you want before doing any serious planting. It may take longer, but it'll prevent a lot of heartache and frusteration. If you really want plants in there try putting a potted Amazon sword and some Java fern tied to small rocks. The idea is to have things you can move around and pick up to clean under or do a quick anti-algae dip when the nutrients get out of hand.

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Phil
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I'd personally wait till they were 4-5" before really "scaping" the tank (unless you're spending the extra $$ to buy them that size up front?). And I'd also leave the tank bare bottomed until then, since cleanup is so much easier. Discus are such messy eaters that sand is going to be dirty really quick, even if you maintain daily vacuuming.
 

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discus will be in a 50 gallon grow out before hand.. I do have some 6" fish comming that might go right into the tank but im not entirely sure yet for sure im tossing some angles in there for the mean time! I am in tie with a discus breeder so im getting pretty top notch stuff for a good price which is hard to come by these times.

thanks for the words of advice!

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my monster piece of drift wood I picked up today for 50 bucks!! and some plants nothing special let me know if i should place them differently! I my first big tank thats planted!




PLEASE give me pointers oh and i ordered 13 wild hekel discus too! about 5" each
 

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Heh, if that is a 5 foot tank, that driftwood is a monster.
I have the Schultz APS in my 72 and while the plants seem to like it, it is a bit too light for my liking (sometimes plants aren't held down that well). The silica might help in this regard.
I'm not sure what that plant is in the left foreground, but perhaps it might get too big for the front very soon?
Keep posting pics; looking forward to seeing the fish.
Oh and I don't really know how much filtration discus need but you may want to add a powerhead to ensure circulation since it is such a big tank. I like the Koralias myself.
 

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Heh, if that is a 5 foot tank, that driftwood is a monster.
I have the Schultz APS in my 72 and while the plants seem to like it, it is a bit too light for my liking (sometimes plants aren't held down that well). The silica might help in this regard.
I'm not sure what that plant is in the left foreground, but perhaps it might get too big for the front very soon?
Keep posting pics; looking forward to seeing the fish.
Oh and I don't really know how much filtration discus need but you may want to add a powerhead to ensure circulation since it is such a big tank. I like the Koralias myself.
Im adding a second XP4 :) and thanks for the words! i just grabbed anything that looked cool! that left forground is a anubias just not sure what kind... :(
 

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Wow, you order discus and the tank hasn't cycled yet? Be very careful and do a lot of water changes. But that is going to be a beautiful setup.
they wont be here for about 5 weeks.. and plus the filter media is all from a cycled tank
 

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How many discus are you putting in this tank? Also might I ask where you bought your discus?
Local Importer by the name of Spencer Jack. and 13 of them I like odd numbers :)
 

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I went and picked up some corys today... Some wild C. Melanotaenia... cute energetic little guys LOL seems that everything that's going into this tanks is wild....

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Tanks CLEAN..er.... LOL I picked up 2 nice big handfuls of Wysteria and beautiful and super clean Amazon Sword, and a Brazilian Sword for 3 bucks each when I was in Fargo! among some other small things I needed.. like every piece of Seachems plant line for under 50 bucks! still working on some lighting stuff :) I have to trim off the big anubias dead leave... but all is well no dosing yet either....

Again I'm always open for constructive criticism!
PIC!


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