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post #1 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Pricing new tank (Discus)

Been a long while since I have been on but I have successfully maintained my tank for over a year. A 29 Gallon stocked with your normal pet shop fish that are for beginner level hobbiests. I am now ready to move on to a bit more of a challenge and put together a specific tank (around 125 gallon) that has a specific community in mind (discus). I love their look and offer some of the best color for a tank that is not salt water. The room the tank will be going into is on a slab so weight is not an issue.

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1. First these little guys love acidic water and I want to make sure that I take the time to get it done naturally so what are some ideas from you experienced discus owners

2. Water parameters from our local water plant will be checked and posted here soon.

3. I planned on giving a refugium filtration system a go for these guys. Information on this would be helpful

4. Planting live plants to help with those nitrate levels. I believe this also helps in getting your water to be more acidic, is this true it is what i had read?

Biggest thing is making sure the water is optimum for these fellas, going to use this thread to price, and slowly piece together the system, tank etc since with this tank I plan to have some $$$ invested.

Look forward to hearing back and discussing both this tank and these fish over the next few weeks so that I have the layout and all knowledge needed to keep these little guys healthy as they will be an excellent view for our living room. Please feel free to also share links that I can read on as I have been reading as much as I can find on acidic discus tanks.

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 06:03 PM
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You can find some amazing deals on craigslist, if you are patient. My one 125 I got for $500, and that included high quality filters and everything else needed. My other I got for $300, and was just for the tank, stand, lights and glass tops. I already have filters for it. Patience is key though, and you MUST act fast. Good deals are gone in a day. Check craigslist twice a day to make sure you are the first one to respond to the ad.

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You can find some amazing deals on craigslist, if you are patient. My one 125 I got for $500, and that included high quality filters and everything else needed. My other I got for $300, and was just for the tank, stand, lights and glass tops. I already have filters for it. Patience is key though, and you MUST act fast. Good deals are gone in a day. Check craigslist twice a day to make sure you are the first one to respond to the ad.

Yup i am a craiglist nut. They have some really good aquariums down around cincinnati ohio. Biggest thing is making sure that it fits the look I need in my living room, and financing. I am aiming more for doing this project in the next 6 months so that I have as much information on these fish, and have a guided plan to slowly piece together the project. First step was making a plan. Second step is saving for it.

Thanks for the info jaysee.
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Yeah, that's one of the factors that took time - finding a tank that was the right color, with a matching wood stand. If you can swing it, I would jump on a good deal when it comes up - doesn't mean that you have to set it up then and there.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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can never go wrong with a good UV light for discus and im talking about a sterilizing light not a algae killing light.
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can never go wrong with a good UV light for discus and im talking about a sterilizing light not a algae killing light.
Def will want good uv for my plants. Any specific brand that is a more preferred choice?
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high wattage and low flow
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can never go wrong with a good UV light for discus and im talking about a sterilizing light not a algae killing light.
Why is that?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-26-2013, 11:00 PM
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http://aquadaily.com/2009/01/13/ultr...rs-and-discus/

uv in duscus tanks is very controversial and there are many opinions on it heres a link for refrence on why you would want on in a discus tank. hes planning the ultimate setup. in my opinion a uv light would be the cherry ontop especially if he plans on breeding them later down the raod.

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Saying one can never go wrong with one, then saying that it's a highly controversial subject, seems a little inconsistent. By the logic of the pro UV argument, UV should be in EVERY tank, not just discus tanks.

I have UV sterilizers in my tanks - I like the green killing machines. I agree that you can't go wrong with UV, in that it can only help.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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