andyh said:Tonser said:andyh said:Firstly let me say i think that this is the best Discus scaped tank i have seen!
Thanks Andy, its going to get better too
andyh said:I have a question though, how are you having such success with the plants when your substrate is silver sand?
Have i missed a section in this journal where that's explained? Or are simply just dosing Ferts.
Errr, I'm not sure to be honest ! I doe all in one ferts daily to the water column, and there are lots of TPN capsules buried in the sand, but other than that its just silver sand. To be honest the only really strong growers are the blyxa and was the vallis before I pulled it. The cyperus helferi and crypts survive OK but dont thrive. There seems to be a correlation between discus tanks and successful Blyxa - myself, Dan (TDI-Line) and James (james3200) have all had great growth in our discus tanks - perhaps its the amount of waste they produce ? Its interesting that having moved all the sand around last month, which caused an ammonia spike and the spyragyra outbreak, the blyxa has really struggled to take a hold.
Tony with ref to the Dan aka TDI-line's tank, i was round at his house purchasing some bits the other day and all i saw was a very impressive 7ft empty tank! I not sure i believe he grew stuff! (Andy sits waiting for the torrent of abuse!)
Kevina said:Hi Tonser, just after a bit of advise. I too have a planted discus tank (albeit not as beautiful as yours) and have enjoyed your journal immensly. Below is a pic of my tank. 60" x 20" x 18"
It is fairly lightly stocked, only having 4 discus and four cory sterbai and I run a FE CO2 system keeping the drop checker lime green and run a fluval 304 and a fluval 104 both on full flow.
I currently have been running 4 x 55w t5's and have been dosing 32ml of tropica plus weekly aftre a 50% water change with HMA filtered dionised water.
Anyway I noticed that you had an outbreak of spyrogyra and talked of doing a blackout. As it happens I currently have an outbreak of Spryogyra and have just put the blackout curtains over the tank for the next 3 days, and was wondering this.
1. Did you actually do a blackout and if so what was the outcome?
2. If you didn't do a blackout, but managed to eliminate the Spyro, how did you do it?
3. If you did the blackout, how were your discus after a 3 day blackout as I do worry about my fish as they are pets to me and not just fish, i.e did they feed ok after the blackout, were they themselves? How were the plants after the blackout?
Any advise would be kindly taken,
Many thanks and congratulations on your beautiful tank
SteveUK said:I think Tony's using RO/tap mixed if memory serves?
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