glossostigma elatinoides carpet tank!!

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by jam ez!!, 5 Oct 2008.

  1. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    Hi all,

    I've been lurking around for a while now and have decided to upload some photos of my first proper set up, i will try and give you all the info i can, all critics & comments welcome (please dont be to harsh). :lol:


    Tank : Juwel rio 125l

    Lighting : 4 x 39w 156 watts total @ 8 & half hour per day

    Filtration : eheim 2234 external canister

    Heating : hydor 300 watt external heater @ 27 degrees

    co2 : pressurised system with solenoid vavle @ 1 & half bubbles per second measured via drop checker

    ferts : TPN+ @ 4ml per day, easylife easy carbo @ 5 ml per day

    water condition : kh = 4degrees & gh 4degrees

    Plants : glossostigma elatinoides

    Fish : 3 x 10cm snakeskin discus
    : 5 x red nose shrimp
    : 5 x cardinal
    : 3 x algae eaters

    Water : Pure reverse omisis with sera ph & kh buffer & mineral salts for the gh

    Substrate : Tropica substrate with pea gravel

    The tank has been set up for about 2 months now with very little signs of algae, the discus were very hard to adapt to the
    lower temp but have now settled in beautifully.

    Please see pics below :
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    Snakeskin discus
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    Side elevation
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    Discus in flight
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    Front elevation
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    Front elevation again
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    Side elevation again

    Please excuse the poor quality of photos me thinks i need a crash course in photography!!

    Thanks Jam ez!!
     
  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    i like it but i think a smaller choice of fish is needed for this etup, they would look fab in a jungle style though :D
     
  3. jay

    jay Member

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    Nice 'scape, but I also think a smaller fish species would suit it better.

    Lovely discus and obviously well looked after :D
    Some could argue that discus need cover to feel safe, but colour strains like that are captive bred so probably only known a bare, blue back tank before getting the glosso treatment.
     
  4. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    very nice setup :D Like the angle of the stone, is is Schist?

    I'd be interested to know what lighting youve got setup on the Rio to get 4 x 39w. Im currently running 4 x 18w and could do with more.
     
  5. Thomas McMillan

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    You only have three cardinal tetras? They are a shoaling fish, so at least six as a minimum is advised but ten or more is better.

    Nice tank though.
     
  6. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    hi thanks for your interest, not sure what the stones are called but they were from the green machine
    i'm sure if you phone jim or mark they can tell you, as for the lighting i am using an 100cm arcadia overtank luminaire with 4 x 39 watt pro plant bulbs which i also purchased from the green machine.

    hope this helps

    regards

    James
     
  7. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Cool.
    Discus look fab despite tank size.
    Is it the photography making the tank look cloudy?
    Nice work.
     
  8. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    how does the 100cm look on the 80cm Rio 125? does it stick out a bit?

    If the rock is from TGM then it will be schist. i like the nice green tinge it has
     
  9. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    PS, would appreciate some photos of the arcadia on top of your tank if you have any as ive been struggling to get a decent priced 80cm luminaire.

    thanks
     
  10. joyous214

    joyous214 Member

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    nice simple look. the discus almost look stuck on...
     
  11. the Guru!

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    very nice mate! crackin' discus
     
  12. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    Its cloudy because i had just changed 50% of the water, it settles down after half an hour or so!!
     
  13. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    thanks for your comments, there is 5 cardinals in there at the mo but i will be getting more very soon!!

    Thanks

    james
     
  14. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    thanks for your comments, there is 5 cardinals in there at the mo but i will be getting more very soon!!

    Thanks

    james
     
  15. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    thank you for your comments mate, Hmmmmm!! yes i'm starting to realise that now!! :(
     
  16. Jeremy

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    I think that the tank is too small for Discus, and they really need to be in groups of five or more.

    Making them adjust to cooler temperatures isn't really ideal either, as the welfare of the fish should come first.

    I know you must love your Discus but I would either get a larger tank, and a larger group of them or get rid of them.

    The glosso doesn't really suit their feeding style either as they like to bounce food particles off the substrate, so a bare patch for feeding is best.

    Don't think I'm just snapping away at you for fun, I'm not, but I've seen a lot of great Discus tanks over the years, and the big ones are always the best in terms of aesthetics and the best for the fish.
     
  17. Themuleous

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    Love the glosso carpet, my glosso does doesn't want to stay low at the moment, grr.

    Sam
     
  18. jam ez!!

    jam ez!! Newly Registered

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    thanks, what sort of lighting do you have as glosso requires very high light to keep it down also trimming it often helps to stop it from rotting at the bottom!!

    Thanks James
     
  19. Themuleous

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    T5 2.5WPG, should be plenty. I'll give trimming it a try :)

    Sam
     
  20. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Here's my 90cm 4x39W Arcadia Luminaire on my Juwel Vision 180 which is 92cm wide. I took the plunge and it's well worth it!

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