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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:57 am

Hi Raj, thanks for your reply,Yes, you're right for both. Previously I kept Discus in bare bottom, and raised them from little ones to Adult, but never with any substrate. I am now going for white sand, that's sold for aquarium purpose, and discarded the idea for the grey-white sand, for the same reason you mentioned. I have also read and heard from many people that "pigeon blood" genes get the peppering due to dark background. But, my question is, since I will be using white substrate, can I go for Black background, or it's better to stick with the Blue?
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby Raj » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:28 am

I suppose you could go for black bg,and plant vallisneria along the back side if feasible?I am not a fan of blue bg but that's a personal choice.And,white cosmetic sand will go brownish-yellow,rather unsightly after a few months.I think it sells by name of chini dana or something like that?
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:35 am

Was thinking of few driftwoods, java fern and anubias only (for the time being). Even I am also not a very big fan of Blue, in all of my other tanks, I have black background only (viewtopic.php?f=41&t=7385)
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:51 am

Thinking of going for 3 pieces "85-265V 10W 900LM Remote Control LED Flood Light RGB HLB-193360, Color Temperature 6000-7000K" (selling in amazon) this light for my new tank, is it sufficient for low tech planted aquarium? (Anubias and Java Fern) Need your suggestions please.
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:00 am

Finally received the stand. It's made up of 1.5 inch L shaped iron angle. Also made some cabinets to hold the pipes and wires neatly inside it.953955954956

Bought a can of matt black spray paint, will be painting with it, once the primer dries out.
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:37 am

Need experts advice. For some low to mid light requirement plants, which light should I go for? I have searched and found that Hopar T5 HO is good, but still is there any other options? Please suggest.
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby KarthikC » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:31 pm

Most plants grow in temperature of around 30-31 deg. C and also medium lighting.
You can try the common crypts, echinodorous and anubias.

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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:30 am

Hi KarthikC, yes I have already selected few plants, and will be going for it. Following is the selected list so far -
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'green'
Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
Anubias (nana, coffeefolia, barteri)
Sword (chain, micro and some big ones)
Rotala (blood red) OR Alternanthera reineckii “Lilacina”
Java Moss (trial & error - since I have a bucketful lying in by balcony)

Along with few plants i already have (stargrass, Hygrophila difformis, Hydrocotyle Tripartita).
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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:34 am

Current status update -
Stand and 12mm waterproof plywood painted in matt black. Collected a lot of iron rocks and few bogwoods along with 25kg laterite, which will go into the setup. Tank is being made and silicon in curing stage.

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Re: Setting up a Discus tank

Postby kmandal » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:35 am

Update -

Tank has been up and running with 30 neons and 15 harlequin. Carpet is of drawf hairgrass and glosso, with anubias, fern, stargrass, etc. Will be adding few more plants.


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