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Setting up my first Discus tank.

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Hello! So I have decided to set up a centerpiece discus tank. This is my first DISCUS tank, so I came here for some advice.
My plan is to have a 50-60g tank. I found the Marineland 56g column tank and that is exactly what I want. I was gonna do 4-5 marlboro/snakeskin discus. For scape, I was gonna do an open top and have a kinda marsh-looking aquarium with a piece of driftwood with root-like pieces that's tall enough to come up out of the tank- then add a reverse piece so it looks like a tree that has some pothos wrapping around the branches. Now, I think I will have enough experience to keep discus, I keep red crystal shrimp, so I have knowledge of water quality. I am also getting a new RO/DI unit for my birthday (nerd alert lol) I am planning to have this tank set up by this August or September.

These are my (planned) materials
-Marineland 56g column tank
-Marineland canister filter
-Marineland heater
- Light -?? need help for this - I need a light that will hang above the tank that is remotely controlled.

- Pothos wrapped around driftwood- maybe some anubias nana or other low-tech/light plants

4-5 Marlboro/Snakeskin discus.

If you could look at my plan and work out any kinks that would be greatly appreciated. Also, any discus keeping tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Your 56 gal. tank is about the smallest sized tank recommended for keeping discus, and 5 fish is generally the minimum number for a compatible discus group, so as to avoid pecking order establishment issues (keeping just 2, 3, or 4 usually becomes a problem).

Suggestions for you to be successful at discus-keeping:

- Get your discus from a well-known reputable source for supplying high quality, healthy & well-shaped discus - (avoid LFS's for getting discus) -
This will probably mean ordering fish online from an established, experienced commercial importer/breeder. Best suppliers nearest to you are located in 2 or 3 south Florida cities; Baltimore,Md.;, or Chicago,Ill. I can give you details in due course.

- Do not buy small, undersized young, or early juvenile fish whose immune systems are not yet very well developed - while they're less expensive, they are far more prone to health issues than larger, more mature fish. Don't even think about getting anything less than approx.. 3.5" in size, preferably 4" or larger - (You'll save money in the long run by not losing expensive fish so wait until your wallet allows you to get near adult fish).

- Since your tank is the smallest size recommended, keep it discus only - no tank-mates - you want to keep it under-stocked to avoid an unduly high bio-load in the tank.

- Plant sparingly, giving yourself a lot of room for tank cleansing/vacuuming, as well as swimming room for the discus, and don't neglect doing large, frequent fresh water changes. Avoid high intensity lighting, and the use of pool filter sand is recommended as substrate.
Keep things as simple as possible.

Go with the above recommendations to give yourself the best chances to succeed at discus-keeping.

Best of luck to you.

It might help you somewhat more to have a read through my "Beginner's Guide to Getting Started with Discus", located in the 'FISH' section - click on FAQ & Articles to access it.
Ahh this is wonderful! Thank you so much!
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