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  1. Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

    Should probably have mentioned that part of my challenge is also tank temperature. I run at 29 - 31 C (84 - 89F) most the year with no heating and occasionally up to 32C (90F). I do not want to chill 1500 liters of water either so some plants suffer. I have tried several types of Vals but all...
  2. Can’t buy the fertilizer I want.

    Make your own fertilizer. That's what I do due to no/little local availability and high shipping cost. It's easy and I have a thread going with my experiences to date. Also happy to answer any questions you may have.... Diy Ferts - Micro Questions | Plant Fertilizers 364653
  3. Discus Gang Updates

    I did the "hope it will go away" thing quite a few times. Can't remember a single time it worked for me. I have lost several discus due to delaying treatment and suddenly they seem to "refuse" to come back despite treatment and then it is only a matter of time.... I would treat for internal...
  4. Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

    Very true, same with any other maintenance later. Mine is 230 x 85 x 85 cm (90 x 33.5 x 33.5 inch) and planted and I can only get to it from the front, one side and about half of the back side (next to a staircase). Since it is on a 85 cm stand most of my work is done from a 3 step ladder. Also...
  5. Ready to order Discus

    86 ssinit Your orange one on picture 3 is a good example of a strain where it has almost been bred / culled out by breeders whereas the ones on picture 1 look like all my pigeon blood strains... See the little stunted fellow at the bottom left in the picture. Except for being stunted there is...
  6. Ready to order Discus

    One or more strains I think comes down to personal preference. One thing to keep in mind if you eventually wants to breed them - discus are "color blind" when it comes to choosing a partner. As an example I had a yellow and a blue paring up (I think blue is dominant in domestic discus so would...
  7. Ready to order Discus

    Welcome onboard. Regarding what size of discus to buy here is my 2 cents... Buy small (2 - 4"): Everything mentioned by 86 ssinit apply in my experience. I bought small'ish (3") but didn't have the time to do several weekly WC's, feed more than 2 times a day and also went the planted tank...
  8. Albino Dantumn Angels Breeding In Coralbandits Fishroom And More !

    Bandit, didn't realize you are also into bettas..... I am not myself but when visiting the local fish market here in Bangkok I see them in the hundreds if not thousands. A shame you are so far away, otherwise I could probably quite easily get you whatever strain you wanted.... PS: Just about a...
  9. The Han’s Experience!

    Sorry to hear about the loss of the runts. I have experienced it in my tank several times. It is almost as the the bottom of the hierarchy slowly drops off one by one, at least as long as they are not fully grown. In our tanks we of course see them perish but I think in nature they would be lost...
  10. Fertilizer Substrate?

    Since you are looking at doing a nano tank and assuming you don't have other bigger planted tanks I would look at the NilocG dry fert packages. This is the most cost effective and many members are using them with good result as far as I have read. DIY will set you back USD 3 - 400 before you...
  11. Jmaldo's Discus Build

    86 ssinit My big blue and big yellow did pair and had eggs a few times around the age of 12 - 15 month but I haven't seen anything happening the last 6+ months. Since I have no intent to breed them I am not really giving it any thoughts to be honest but I think part of the reason I see very...
  12. Discus Gang Updates

    Time for an update. I know not all of the discus gang favor Beefheart mix. For me a homemade "mix" has been a stable part of my discus' diet since I got them. It only takes me a couple of hours to make food for 3 - 4 months (when rotated with other foods) and my fish are crazy about it. It was...
  13. Question Big tank+cold room=big heater, but how big exactly?

    With 3 x 300 you should be okay with 1 failure I think but the 2 left will run close to 100% until you get a replacement (in worst case scenario...)
  14. Question Big tank+cold room=big heater, but how big exactly?

    No it doesn't. You would anyway struggle to find a heater going above 35C... I think you can get away with 2 x 250 W but I would buy 2 x 300 W minimum.
  15. Question Big tank+cold room=big heater, but how big exactly?

    No idea in me chipping in on cheap prices in the US but make sure that you get backup capacity in case one heater fails. With that huge temperature difference a heater failure overnight will kill all the fish before you wake up - worst case of course, but they tend to happen sometime..... I run...




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