Hello all. It has been about two years since my last post. I got out of the hobby and am finally getting started back up again. I previously kept several planted tanks, so I am not a newbie, but I could use some help and suggestions.
I have decided to do the tank that I have always dreamed of, a 90 gallon discus tank. Filtration will be a Fluval FX6, and two 250 watt heaters. I am using a 3D background from aqua terra, and planning to just do a hardscape with driftwood, and maybe a couple accent rocks. I would rather not plant it, but I haven't decided yet. Currently I only have two 32 watt bulbs for the tank.
For substrate I want to use Eco-complete. I realize this is intended for planted tanks, but I really like the look of it in a tank, and if I ever do include plants I will be in good shape. Will the heterotrophic bacteria in the substrate aid in cycling the tank?
I am still debating about stock, only because of all the varying information I have found. I am planning to include Cardinal tetra, Sterbai Cory Cats, and possibly a Bristlenose along with the Discus. For the Discus, I would really like to purchase 2-2.5" fish due to cost, but I don't want to do daily water changes. Would I be better off buying 4-5" fish in the long run or can I pull this off? What would you recommend for stocking levels?
Also, I was thinking fish less cycle, but I have never done this and every website has a different set of instructions. Any help or resources you could provide on this would be much appreciated.
Thank you all for the help. I am a little nervous about Discus, so anything you could do to put my mind at ease would be great.