View Full Version : new to the world of discus

12-21-2013, 10:00 PM
55 gallon discus setup
2-3 t5 ho lights
90 gallon marineland filter
Organic mix potting soil
Gravel( to cap off the dirt)
250w heater
55 gallon tank
Possible co2 dossing

I would like to create a semi-heavily planted aquarium with a nice aquascape including wood and rock. In the tank I would like to have 6 Discus a school of about 10 cardinal tetra or rummy nose and 2 bristle nose plecos, if needed I can add another 70 gallon filter.
I would like to get some feedback on the way I want to set this tank up. Im fairly experienced in the planted tank/community and have done saltwater and reefs. But have always wanted to do discus so any info I may need would be greatly appreciated.

12-21-2013, 10:10 PM
I would say being planted a 55 would be way over stocked. If you really want to go planted try discus with a bare bottom tank at first then move on to plants. 55 gals is fairly small especially if heavily planted

12-21-2013, 10:17 PM
So if i did a hardscape without plants would 6 discus be to much?

12-22-2013, 09:21 AM
I was always told 1 discus per 10 gallons of water, my 55 has 4 sub-adult discus and they are out growing their tank. I will need to move them soon.

Second Hand Pat
12-22-2013, 10:06 AM
Hi fishkid and welcome to Simply. A 75 would be a better choice and you can add plants later once you get a handle on discus.