Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by 86 ssinit, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    Well I figured this is where I was heading anyway. So I might as well get started. Been away from discus since 2004. Been keeping fish all along but never seriously. Kept discus for 15 yrs and the tank broke. Heart breaking to say the least. But after reading many of the threads here it time to start again. And with everybody here saving Bettas I saved a pair of discus a few weeks ago. 0D4F62C8-291C-4F16-BD5C-254A3C74A2CE.jpeg55D18EC1-BE9F-4847-93BD-EC5F226C80C4.jpeg Put them in a 45g ram tank and they are doing ok. As you can see not the best fish but I like them :). They had been in the store for at least a month and were starting to look bad so I grabbed them. Well you know how it goes:rolleyes:. Store got in more fish and I just had too. 44B6B5F6-4C83-4B22-AAB0-5D5F4E1E4E14.jpeg These fish are some nice looking fish :).
    Yes I know way to many fish in the tank. But with daily water changes all is well.
    I ordered the 125 upon getting the first 2. So it should be here soon. Been buying stuff and building a stand D2EACB68-7D32-4D9D-8098-30F69568F6E9.jpeg I have 4 tanks going now all with extra media so once it comes it should set up quickly.
    Not buying anymore till the tank is set up. But have been looking around and there’s not much out there. Not selling like they used too. Not as many people keeping them. So I guessing the internet will be the buying place. Or maybe discus madness in jersey. I’ve got time before that.
    So I’ve had the fish for 2 weeks now and they seem to be fine. All are eating though the darker blue is probably the weakest. It didn’t eat for about 3 days and still doesn’t eat everything. But it’s improved greatly since I got it. 6A507DF6-6189-4F83-B3A7-03CEAF251806.jpeg
    So this is where I am now will continue to post as I go along. Thanks for reading
  2. jmaldoWell Known MemberMember

    Plan on upgrading to a 125 in about 6 months.
    Looking forward to your creation.
    Best of Luck!
  3. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    Not much to add. Skinned the stand and made the doors. Still waiting for the tank:meh:. Think I’ve got all the equipment.
    Fx6 filter and a 350gph powerhead with 2 sponges.
    2 finnex 300w heaters
    A doctors 3-1
    2 30” vivagrow 24/7 led lights.
    75lbs of gravel.(yes it’s going to be a planted tank).
    4lbs of biohome and a lb of matrix for the filter. Which I will mix with my other filters so it’s up and running pretty quick.
    Anything I’m missing? A7D9DED7-DD2D-4382-B984-8BF3A5C3F868.jpeg
  4. Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Hi Tom!!! They are beautiful!!! Your going to LOVE the 125!!! Looking forward to the updates!!!
  5. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    And a question about the discus. Do you think they are stressed now or that they colored up? They all eat and swim all around the tank. The water is changed every other day. They look and act fine. But the dark lines on the orange ones have me wondering. B9557269-744F-4520-B3B4-E20399CBB7F3.jpeg1F2C3367-78EE-4350-AE61-668CB0C729EF.jpeg
  6. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    Never owned discus but they are looking good in the 45 i'm sure they will thrive in the 125. Where did you order the 125 if you don't mind me asking? Also that stand build looks amazing. Nice job!!
  7. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    I bought it from houzz. It’s a clear for life acrylic. They are known to be slow on shipping. It’s expected this Monday but was suppose to be here the past Monday.:meh:. But hey I still have to Finish and paint the stand.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2019
  8. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    I think they're all good, the black lines honestly look more like strong peppering to me
  9. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    OK Wow very nice.Thanks!
  10. fa4960Well Known MemberMember

    Could be stress from moving into the new environment but could come from establishing pecking order. I have read somewhere and also seen it once in my tank that a fish looked darker while establishing its place in the pecking order.

    PS: Nice set of Fuchs wheels you got there in the background of the garage ;)
  11. jmaldoWell Known MemberMember

    :emoji_thumbsup:Stand is "Looking" good. So are the Discus.
    Interesting about the darkening/ peppering. I have been seeing something similar, Especially with my 2 smallest ones. At times they are bright/light and then darker blue. Stress?

    Learning all the time
  12. fa4960Well Known MemberMember

    @jmaldo Not always stress as such, can also be things that indirectly stresses the fish like:

    if suffering from constipation, it darkens and vertical bars appear.
    if it has an infection, the body can darken and bars appear.
    if it is in a feeding frenzy they can show bars and darken
    if spawning and caring for free swimming fry the bars can show and the body darkens

    I have noticed a few of mine darken in a blood worm feeding frenzy, one of those where I just overdid the blood worms so they are literally everywhere around the fish....
  13. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    I allways beleive the black lines are stress related. In a pecking order you’ll see the faint line but not black lines. Black lines are usually something is bothering the fish. Usually tank mates. You will notice if discus have angel fish in the tank they are showing black lines. Remove the angels and after a while the line go away (May take a week). But as Nikm says for mine it does look like peppering. But mine are in a crowded tank right now with 6 rams and many other fish including a sae that darts all over the tank. They look great with full bellies so it’s a tough guess right now. Will see when they get into the next tank.
  14. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    B3824CE6-8B10-4F10-9213-0A43A615C549.jpeg Got this pic last night right after I turned the light on. No black at all.
    Finished the stand but the tank is delayed till wed. C1EF3A56-E381-478B-BC31-908317526554.jpegAEA153D6-5314-4882-9B25-272C75AB2C60.jpeg
  15. ystroutWell Known MemberMember

    That stand looks amazing!

    Did you design it yourself or did you find the plans online?
  16. Thedudeiam94Well Known MemberMember

    I can tell by the tires and rims that you must have a mustang. Yes?

    Stand looks amazing though! Great job!
  17. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Is it a yellow mosaic?
    I think those are from one of his Porsche's
  18. 86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    Little bit of both. Easy enough to make if you have the tools. Thanks

    Nope Nikm128 is right off my Porsche’s:).
  19. Thedudeiam94Well Known MemberMember

    “Porsche’s” wow I’m jealous! Lol
  20. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    No problem, I'm bad with names too. It is not the new one, it's just the brown.