Here is what I understand from ALL of this:
1- I get the largest tank possible
2- I fill it with 2-3dGH water
3- Fill with as many plants as possible
4-Let it run for a few days to a week
5-Considering temperature and parameters are right, add some sterbai cories.
6-Wait a week, test wate, add cardinal tetras
7- Wait until pH=6 or about that, add german blue rams
8-Once tank has had steady water parameters for at least a month, add DISCUS!!!
9- Thereafter, perform weekly or more frequent water changes using R/O water at 2-3 dH
P.S. If my tank is 6 feet long, (100 gallons +) I will probably have 6-8 discus. Also, if the tank is that big, I wil consider adding more fish, to keep balance in my tank. Any suggestions of fish that fit the Amazon biotope, that I could add to this tank. I don't want to overstock, but I don't want to understock either :)
If I want to include bogwood in my tank will the bogwood affect the pH. Should I be concerned about this? I know it probably won't affect the pH or hardness too much, but you never know ;)
For the filter, should I remove the carbon. If I remove the carbon, should I replace it with peat, replace it with something else, or just not replace it at all?
I wanted to make it a blackwater tank, would the bogwood do the trick or do I need peat pr
blackwater extract. I know the carbon in filters gets rid of the amber like colour so that is why I suggested to remove the carbon.
My backyard is a forest/swamp as you may know, and there a pieces of wood lying around. They look very natural and very bogwood-ish. If I bring them in the house and boil them, can I use them as décor for my tank? What is bogwood anyways? Is it a specific type of wood? I feel dumb for talking about it so much without knowing what it actually is.
At my LFS, I saw plants called anubias and they were the most expensive plant at 10$. They were gorgeous big plants. Does anybody know about anubias, would they ne good in my tank? Why were they so expensive? Do they need coldwater? The only reason I ask this is because they were in the big fancy goldfish tank.
WOW I ask a lot of questions :O :)
You guys are all awesome, :)