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    Thank you Dariusz

    Finally caught my discus laying eggs!
    https://youtu.be/xLnOMnuK3dk
    This is one of the three pairs which started spawning about 3 months ago
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    Awesome tank Sid ~ well done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psy View Post
    Awesome tank Sid ~ well done!!
    Thank you!

    This video is a few months oldhttps://youtu.be/rXDu64LDT2U

    Been a long time since I updated.
    All the fish are doing good. I always thought I had 30 discus when I got them but turns out I had 31 lol. Gave away 7 and am left with 24 now. The discus pairs keep spawning regularly. Continuing to do twice a week water changes
    Added 200 harlequin rasbora, 100 rummy nose tetra, L340 pleco and a black lancer catfish about 9 months ago. Removed all Congo tetra females and the lovely golden panchax(these predators feast on small tetra)

    Sadly most of the rummy nose tetra and some harlequins keep getting washed away into my sump(my overflow box has a baffle around it which also sucks in water from the bottom of the tank) or into the drain pipe when I change water. Will add another 100 harlequins soon. These guys stay close to the surface and won't get sucked in like the rummies.

    I've been busy with work and travel. Will post a video soon
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    This tank is AWESOME

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    Last edited by Siddhartha Saive; 05-19-2017 at 11:53 PM.
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    It's beautiful! Thank you.

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    Please take photos of your sump

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    Nice set up . I enjoy reading your whole thread.
    Breeding , interest and goals Wilds Heckels and Cuipeuas and a few Domestics pairs with occasional fry as well as Angels fancy Plecos , corys and shrimps.

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    Just stumbled across this. Wow. Love the geos. Discus looking really good, too.

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    I just finished reading this entire thread and really enjoyed it. All of the changes and additions and subtractions and the tank was always gorgeous but I think now it's truly at it's best. Big Gorgeous Discus and all the rest living in harmony. I was glad that the Discus were always the first in consideration.
    Thank you for sharing this Wonderful and Exceptional Aquarium.
    Well Done!

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    Awesome fish tank. Can't get any better!

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    Impressive ! Any recent updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siddhartha Saive View Post
    It's actually very simple

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    Consider a regular tall overflow box. Water will overflow over the top of its walls into the overflow chamber and through the drain pipes to the sump. So there is only surface skimming here. Now you just add baffles outside the overflow chamber to make another wall outside it. This outer wall should be open at the bottom... atleast 2" more than the substrate thickness. Water can enter through this gap at the bottom and then rise up between the outer and inner walls and then overflow over the inner wall. Most important here is the height of the outer wall. If the top of the outer wall is lower than the inner wall, water will just overflow over both the walls and won't be sucked from the bottom. If the outer wall is too high water will only be sucked through the bottom and will not overflow... so no surface skimming then and there will be collection of floating dust and waste at the surface. Even a little overflow at the top is good enough to clear the surface dust. So ideally the outer wall height should be just a little higher than the inner wall... about 1/4" to 1/2". To make the adjustment easy, you make the inner and outer walls at the same height and then raise the necessary outer wall height by sticking an acrylic or glass strip.. try attaching 1/2" strip and change if necessary

    The gap between the inner and outer walls should be atleast half inch so debris doesn't get stuck often
    Sid,
    Very interesting overflow design.
    Is this overflow along the entire length of the tank?
    How effective is the bottom suction to pick up fish waste and uneaten food off the substrate?
    What flow rate do you have the overflow set at?
    Sorry for all the questions.

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