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Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:52 pm Post subject: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 It  had  to  be  someday  but  never  expected  to  be  so  quick  Sad  .  I  sold  my  precious  cichlids  2  oscars,  2  RD,  2  GT  and  3  pacus(took  nearly  3  hrs  to  catch  them,  they  didn't  wanna  leave  me  either)  2  days  back  to  start  my  longtime  hobby  of  raising  Discus  in  a  planted  setup.  I  had  a  5'x2'x2'ft  tank  with  white  gravel  and  my  friends(fishes).  
 
 I  have  added  OceanFree  fertilizers  over  my  white  gravel  setup  and  on  top  added  Aqua  clay(water  clearing  took  2  hrs)  and  added  some  Amazon  Swords  to  start  of.  I  have  only  2  T5  tubes  along  with  a  running  304  sunsun  filter.  I  started  it  with  four  angels  even  though  they  require  a  more  properly  set  tank.  But  one  of  them  unexpectedly  died  (reason  not  known).
 
 Other  angels  look  ok  but  still  they  aren't  eating  the  flakes  or  pellets  that  i  provided  they  only  feed  off  the  algae  on  the  leaves  and  tank  surface.
 
 I  have  actually  setup  this  tank  for  my  main  guest  i.e  discus  fish  which  i  would  have  got  sooner  but  the  death  of  my  angel  stopped  the  process.  Also  my  plants  aren't  getting  proper  ligting  even  with  2  T5  lights  other  than  that  all  looks  OK.  But  am  still  scared  to  add  any  discus.  I  will  post  some  pics  of  my  tank  soon.
 
 Please  Suggest  me  what  can  i  do  in  such  a  situation.  Have  I  done  something  really  wrong.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:33 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 how  long  did  you  kept  the  tank  before  adding  the  fish
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:36 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 If  your  going  to  plant  Heavy  ...  do  add  another  2  T5  lights
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:13 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 @jabba  It  is  a  completely  cycled  tank  for  about  1  month  and  i  had  kept  cichlids  in  it  before  as  well.  I  just  did  plantation  on  top.  And  i'm  planning  on  doing  heavy  plantation  and  add  beautiful  small  fishes  any  suggestions  are  most  welcome.  And  also  I'm  planning  on  removing  my  laminated  tank  top  cover  and  adding  a  ligting  fixture  what  is  the  price  of  that?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:22 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 Hi  Victor,
 
 I  have  grown  Discus  in  a  moderately  planted  tank  before,  they  did  well,  even  spawned,  however,  when  I  converted  that  setup  to  a  Marine  tank,  I  gave  my  discuss  to  a  friend  of  mine  who  put  them  into  his  strerile  setup  no  gravel  etc.   When  I  went  to  see  him  after  a  some  months  I  could  not  believe  the  sizes  that  my  Discuss  had  grown  to,  the  male  was  almost  the  size  of  a  dinner  plate  and  well  over  2  inches  thick.   This  is  after  he  had  spawned  in  my  tank.   That  was  the  largest  discuss  I  had  ever  seen.   The  other  ones  also  grew  very  large,  but  this  one  was  massive  and  in  my  tank  its  growth  had  stagnated.
 
 The  point  I  am  making  is  that  it  is  always  a  good  idea  to  put  fully  grown  discuss  into  a  planted  tank  with  gravel,  you  probably  know  this  already,  but  I  did  not  till  I  had  seen  what  I  did.
 
 Bobby
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi  Victor,
 
 I  have  grown  Discus  in  a  moderately  planted  tank  before,  they  did  well,  even  spawned,  however,  when  I  converted  that  setup  to  a  Marine  tank,  I  gave  my  discuss  to  a  friend  of  mine  who  put  them  into  his  strerile  setup  no  gravel  etc.   When  I  went  to  see  him  after  a  some  months  I  could  not  believe  the  sizes  that  my  Discuss  had  grown  to,  the  male  was  almost  the  size  of  a  dinner  plate  and  well  over  2  inches  thick.   This  is  after  he  had  spawned  in  my  tank.   That  was  the  largest  discuss  I  had  ever  seen.   The  other  ones  also  grew  very  large,  but  this  one  was  massive  and  in  my  tank  its  growth  had  stagnated.
 
 The  point  I  am  making  is  that  it  is  always  a  good  idea  to  put  fully  grown  discuss  into  a  planted  tank  with  gravel,  you  probably  know  this  already,  but  I  did  not  till  I  had  seen  what  I  did.
 
 Bobby                

 
 
 I  would  surely  like  to  see  that  discus.  
 
 @  Victor..  can  we  see  the  picture  of  your  tank  please  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:47 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 Here  are  the  pictures  of  my  tank  they  are  not  completely  planted  I  still  am  searching  for  some  really  nice  plants  that  i  can  use  in  my  setup.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:26 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 Hi  victor
 
 i  would  love  to  see  the  pic  of  your  dinner  plate  size  discus.  what  strain  is  it?
 
 thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:01 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my 5 feet Aquarium for new guests. Reply with quote

 I'm  Sorry  riff  but  it's  not  mine  it  was  bobby's  check  the  above  comment
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