04-27-2013, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Chesherca
Discus!!! This is going to be a fun tank for you, looks like you have a lot to get sorted out before you get that far, so I hope you don't mind me hanging out to learn, even though I don't have much to offer by way of help or advice?
You're right in that water is always the most important thing to get right before bringing a new fish home - well, that and the tank to put it in! It sounds like you're already working on getting the necessary information on your tap water - I'm interested to see the results from your water company when they get back to you.
API also makes a test kit for gh and kh, it runs about $8 or so, I'd recommend grabbing one. Paramaters in a tank can shift from tap once it's been established for a while, and since these softies are so sensitive, you'll want to be sure to monitor these levels frequently after setup. Most especially if you'll have to alter anything from tap. I'm sure ro water is going to come up here at some point, but I'll leave that to members more experienced than I am!
Plants, yes! They do eventually have an effect on the water hardness, and are certainly helpful in keeping nitrates and other toxins low, but with a fish like Discus, I wouldn't rely *too* much on the plants to do the work for you. Starting with the correct parameters, and maintaining a very pristine tank, are needed to see these beauties thrive. Have you run setups with plants before? If not, there is a world of learning out there for you to get started on. Live plants are fun, too - their effect on a tank is something that I'm still learning about every day.
You might also want to look into where your fish will be coming from. . . not all Discus are created equal! I only know this because I'm lucky enough to have a world-renown breeder right here in town - the quality of the individual specimen can play an important role in your success, or so they'd have me believe!
Sorry I can't be of too much help here, but I'm really looking forward to hearing what our more experienced members have to say, and eventually watching this tank unfold!
ETA: Oh yeah! I'm officially on the Criagslist bandwagon when it comes to purchasing 125g tanks! I got mine for $250 not very long ago, with a stand, a Fluval filter, and a box of assorted fish-related stuff. Good luck on your CL quest!
Definitely stick around. This thread is specifically for getting all of my ducks in a row. Looking into my plants, water, the fish in general, lighting, filter etc to layout the plan and have an idea on how each stage needs to progress. Once I have all of my information and layout I will begin a thread and slowly post pictures and updates as it comes together.
I do not rely on plants to do the work for me but I do know that they help and any help in natural filtration and setting up a tank that can become a natural ecosystem is why I am approaching this route. Also the look that it will give off when it is finished should be I hope elegant and give our living room great character.
The controversy of UV lighting I do not feel was a bad thing in regards to calling it controversy in a negative way but more less an opinion on best methods based on trial and error. No different then how people prefer to do water changes. Keep the info coming guys but I hope to see some very in depth posts on plant life and growth management. Would love to hear about peoples experience with a refugium filtration system, and also hear from experienced Discus owners. I want to make sure that these guys are in good hands from the knowledge absorbed from others before I bring them home.
Take Care all