12-16-2012, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Timjwilson
Well the tank seems to have stabilized, beginning wise with a pH range of 7.2 to 7.3 which will likely lower with time as the substrate/plants mature. I am going to add a few rocks today to create some hiding spots for cats and anchor for Java ferns. I could not locate the ideal Cory cats so am picking up 6 Julii tomorrow along with 3 Bristlenose.
As I posted in another thread, I'd like to add some wood, which I've never done and am in foreign waters regarding selection and procedure.
Next Saturday I pick up the 10 baby discus and hope they thrive.
We raise composting worms for our farm so I'm going to try my hand at raising some white worms
(Enchytraeus albidus) and some California blackworms. I could probably feed the larger worms but chopping them up could prove messy.
Any comments/advice welcome.
I must caution you on the "julii" corys. These will not manage at the warmer temperature (82F) required for discus. Most corys won't, in fact.
It is doubtful the "julii" are actually Corydoras julii, as most fish sold in stores as "julii" are in fact Corydoras trilineatus, as it mentions in the profiles (along with ways to distinguish them). But C. trilineatus also cannot last at warm temperatures.
I suggest holding off on corys until you can obtain one of the (few) species that do well in warmer water. C. sterbai is one f the best, and this one is available locally from time to time.