Stocking and set up question 55 Gallon Tank 

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Yeah I have just enough gravel on the bottom to cover and barely hold down my fake plants I have. I went with just enough gravel in the show tank just to make it look nicer it is really easy to vacuum up as it barely anything like I said just enough to cover the bottom and hold some plants in place. I am thiniking of using suction cups some how on the bottom because evrytime I vacuum they all float up on acount of not haing that much gravel. I have a 55 gallon and plan to max out at 6 discus that would almost giver the recomended 10 gallons per adult discus. I may throw a few rummy nose tetras the require the same perametrs as the Discus and they can be used as dither fish and water indicaters as I have heard they loose their color fast in less than perfect water plus I have one cory cat and one small Pleco to help keep the bottom clean. What do you think about this plan?
 
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Oh and I am running a canister filter with Bio rings floss and carbon which I may be dropping the carbon depending how another thread works out for me. I use two T5's for the lighting and an open top, thanks for any helkp you may be able to provide.
 

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I have an aqua one 980 fish tank in that I have 100kilos of gravel I thort that plants grow better with more gravel. the tank is like200L.
 
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Sounds like a lot of gravel but I need to know what that is in pounds and I have no idea what a 200L tank size is I work with gallons I will have to find the conversion for that So I think that it is 44 gallons from what I have ready how many inches is your gravel sounds like a lot.
 

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yea australia is different all like that I'm not shore what the conversions are?
 

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There's a tank calculator and a litres to gallons converter at the bottom of the page, guys.
 
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you I know I found it then, lol
 
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I have a 55 gallon and plan to max out at 6 discus that would almost give the recomended 10 gallons per adult discus. I may throw in a few rummy nose tetras as they require the same perametrs as the Discus and they can be used as dither fish and water indicaters, I have heard they loose their color fast in less than perfect water plus I have one cory cat and one small Pleco to help keep the bottom clean. I do have just enough gravel to covr the bottom and hold down some fake plants. I vacuum just about every other day and I am doing 40% water changes 3-4 times a week. So again what do you all think about this set up is the workable?
 

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To be honest, it's workable if you don't mind stunted discus.
I kept a group of juvenile discus in a 55 gallon heavily planted tank and wasn't really happy with the result. I had read all the info about growing them out in a barebottom tank and then switching over to a planted tank later on, but I was impatient and I didn't want to wait. I thought that because I was pretty experienced with fish that I could bend the "rules" and it would work out. I fed pretty heavily and did a 50% water change every other day, and they just didn't really grow. The bodies will become elongated rather than round and give the fish sort of a football shaped appearance, but they won't become round and robust looking IME.

If I ever decide to grow out discus again, it will definitely be in a barebottom tank with daily water changes.
 
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How does a tank with gravel in it stunt the discus? I guess what I am asking is why would this cause me to have stunted discus? My tank is not heavily planted there's just a few fake plants in there for hiding I know this fish has plenty of room my water paramets are good and he eats very well. So I do not understand why he would become stunted if not grown out in a BB?
 

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It's just not possible to keep a tank with substrate as clean as a tank without substrate IME. Trust me on this one... I'm currently running about 20 barebottom tanks in my fishroom. They are a breeze to clean compared to my other tanks, it's just not as aesthetically pleasing.
 
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I see and I do agree I have to vacuum like heck to get it supper clean gotcha maybe I will take out the gravel for now it wasn't much to begin with thank you!
 
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