Starting A 125 Discus Tank.

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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.
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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. Store got in more fish and I just had too.
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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
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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.
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So this is where I am now will continue to post as I go along. Thanks for reading
 

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Watching!
Plan on upgrading to a 125 in about 6 months.
Looking forward to your creation.
Best of Luck!
 
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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?
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HI Tom!!! They are beautiful!!! Your going to LOVE the 125!!! Looking forward to the updates!!!
 
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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.
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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!!
 
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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.
 

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86 ssinit said:
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.
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I think they're all good, the black lines honestly look more like strong peppering to me
 

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86 ssinit said:
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 Finnish and paint the stand.
OK Wow very nice.Thanks!
 

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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.

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Stand is "Looking" good. So are the Discus.
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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?

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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....
 
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I allways believe 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 angelfish 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.
 
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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.
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That stand looks amazing!

Did you design it yourself or did you find the plans online?
 

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

Stand looks amazing though! Great job!
 

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86 ssinit said:
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.
Is it a yellow mosaic?
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I can tell by the tires and rims that you must have a mustang. Yes?
I think those are from one of his Porsche's
 
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ystrout said:
That stand looks amazing!

Did you design it yourself or did you find the plans online?
Little bit of both. Easy enough to make if you have the tools. Thanks

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I can tell by the tires and rims that you must have a mustang. Yes?
Nope Nikm128 is right off my Porsche’s.
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Is it a yellow mosaic?
Sorry I bad with names but I think they were pearl essence pigeon bloods or Marlboros. So many names they make up. Is that your new discus as your avatar?

I think those are from one of his Porsche's
 

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86 ssinit said:
Sorry I bad with names but I think they were pearl essence pigeon bloods or Marlboros. So many names they make up. Is that your new discus as your avatar?
No problem, I'm bad with names too. It is not the new one, it's just the brown.
 

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