12-31-2011, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by TrumpetTwinnie
Thanks for the info, Byron.
I have a couple of live plants in the tank, though not many for the tank size. I will eventually be getting more. I also have 2 pieces of driftwood, which my plecos absolutely love.
My test results must be off because I've had no casualties yet and the fish seem to be active. I hope I'm using the tests correctly...I'd feel really stupid otherwise. I just went to the store and got my bottle of Prime, can't wait to get some in the water! The water temperature stays around 86F, is that too high? As for the PH of the tap water, I'll have to test that out. I will post the results once I get them. Again, thanks for the help, I really appreciate it!
That is the high end of the range for discus so not a problem; I might consider lowering it to 83-84F, later. I try not to keep fish at the high end of their preferred range because the higher the temperature the more it affects their physiology. However, as it mentions in our profile, you don't want to risk too low a temp for discus. [You do know about our fish profiles?]
Live plants will help in all this, they assimilate a lot of ammonia (as ammonium), though the more the better.