James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 26/06/09

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Re: James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 23/01/09

Hi James

How are the new wilds doing ? Hope all was OK after your leak.

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Nice tank and group of discus.

Are they all eating well?

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Re: James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 23/01/09

Hi Tony,

They are doing good, many of them are now dominant in the tank :lol:

Thanks Tom,

Yes they are eating well, all they want to do is eat at the moment, any time you are near the tank or open the hood they are there

First issue with the tank at the moment is for the last month or more i have had a bacterial bloom:

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I will be swapping my 2217 with an inline reactor for a 2280 with a larger aquamas reactor later this month to add to filtration as the 2217 is a bit of a dribble..

Second issue is melting vallis nana. It gets to about 40cm then the tops melt. New growth is strong, dosing step 3 & brightk k, any ideas?

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Re: James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 23/01/09

Hello All,

Been a month since the last update & had a quieter day at work so took some pictures :)

The tank is starting to almost run itself now. I have halved the co2 and this has seemed to have stopped the last algae problems i had, lighting on from 9am to 4pm, halides for 30 mins at noon. I dose about 60ml of step 3 / brighty k per week and its ticking over nicely. Have not touched it for a month or more (except to feed the ravenous discus :D) hence all the AS over the sand and overgrown ferns / tenellus. In my last post I said about the vallis melting, I read on ukaps that vallis does not like excel, so stopped that and you can see it growing in nicely now, next update in a month should see the background I have always wanted in this tank.

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b. regards
James
 

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Looking better all the time James! Those ferns grow like crazy :)
 

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Lovely tank James. The discus are especially nice, worth every penny Im sure :) The java fern is also mad!

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Cheers Guys

The ferns do grow madly, new plantlets just get pushed into the bunches :p

Still cant shift the cloudiness to the tank, been a few months now like this, an eheim 2280 will be added soon instead of the 2217 and il be getting rid of the 13mm external reactor for a bigger one to see if that helps.
 

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Re: James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 23/01/09

I reckon Discus must be the kings of the planted tank. Looking good James.

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james3200 said:
Still cant shift the cloudiness to the tank, been a few months now like this
Hi James, just out of interest which type of ADA Soil did you use?? Has I had similar problems with ADA Amazonia II after the tank had been setup for a while.
 

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Hi Paulo

I used powersand and amazonia I, it happened after i added the new discus and cleaned a filter i think, so think its a filtration issue..? Has happened once before but it cleared up after a few weeks, been 2 or more months now :twisted:
 

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Hi James,amazing setup,worth all the effort and cash spent,the choice of discus is perfect Imo,
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Cheers John, will be getting a few more tefes next spring or earlier perhaps, if some come up for sale.
 

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james3200 said:
it happened after i added the new discus and cleaned a filter i think, so think its a filtration issue..?
Could it be the extra fish?? Since Discus can be a little messy eaters.
 

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It could well be.. i might give them a week or 2 on granules and frozen food and miss out the beefheart, see what happens..
 

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Cheers John, will be getting a few more tefes next spring or earlier perhaps, if some come up for sale.
Hi James,how many do plan to have in total?,I agree with ld ,when I had discus years ago beef heart always made the water cloudy.
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Re: James3200s 6.5x2x2' planted tank - UPDATE - 23/01/09

Hi James

Tank is looking great - I love the wilds ! My discus are on beefheart every morning but I've never had cloudy water. 20 % water changes early every morning.

I hope it stays clear for you.

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Tony
 

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