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    Default Re: 3 x 2 x 2 planted discus tank

    I started 2-2.5 inch juvis about 7 weeks ago. Almost all the fish have poor eye-to-body ratio, so have been researching many tank journals and noticed that at this age eye-to-body ratio is off for almost every fish pic I have come across on simply and it is also clear that they look way different and better as they grow... they color up and get rounded. So I don't think you should be worried about that at this age either.

    What I am curious about now is, when the juvi's will start rounding up, at what age?

    Mine are all growing well, some have gotten bigger than others which is natural and expected but there is one guy who is way too off, he is tiny and I him to be stunted, only time can say. As of now they are all coloring up well but yet to round up ... hoping to see that happen sooner than later!

    I am no expert and just sharing what I analyzed. Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: 3 x 2 x 2 planted discus tank

    Quote Originally Posted by abijitr View Post
    I started 2-2.5 inch juvis about 7 weeks ago. Almost all the fish have poor eye-to-body ratio, so have been researching many tank journals and noticed that at this age eye-to-body ratio is off for almost every fish pic I have come across on simply and it is also clear that they look way different and better as they grow... they color up and get rounded. So I don't think you should be worried about that at this age either.

    What I am curious about now is, when the juvi's will start rounding up, at what age?

    Mine are all growing well, some have gotten bigger than others which is natural and expected but there is one guy who is way too off, he is tiny and I him to be stunted, only time can say. As of now they are all coloring up well but yet to round up ... hoping to see that happen sooner than later!

    I am no expert and just sharing what I analyzed. Hope this helps.
    I think around 4"-4.5 they will have round shape but still get better as they grow. If you have one that's behind, which there usually is, don't give up on that runt. Take a look at my thread here.

    http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showth...und&highlight=
    Im not illiterate...only my phone's auto correct is

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    Default Re: 3 x 2 x 2 planted discus tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan925 View Post
    I think around 4"-4.5 they will have round shape but still get better as they grow. If you have one that's behind, which there usually is, don't give up on that runt. Take a look at my thread here.

    http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showth...und&highlight=
    Thanks Ryan! Of course, I have researched your thread thoroughly... have learnt a lot from it as well!

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    Thought I'd post some pics of how I do my water changes. Previously I used a hose to the kitchen sink (open plan main floor) and a hose up the basement stairs to my aging barrel. Now I plumbed in a garden hose through my ventilation outlet to run to the utility room of my basement. I drain directly to the basement drain and fills are quicker due to less hosing and more direct line to my tank. Better yet, no lugging hoses up from and down to the basement and no fish water into the kitchen sink!

    Pre-softener tee with a ball joint to mix a portion of it with RO, currently 1/3 tap to 2/3 RO. Note this was my first attempt at gluing, hence the drips and messiness.
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    The water change hose and the auto-top off going into the ventilation tubing.
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    Water change hose going into a t-joint, I use my return pump to empty for water changes too. I siphon down from the display tank to the return side of my sump. Note this is my latest attempt at gluing PVC, a little nicer in my opinion.
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    Aging barrel with an auto-top off.
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    Water change hose and auto top off coming out of the ventilation tubing.
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    RO unit feeding the aging barrel auto-top off, sump auto-top off and refrigerator (how I convinced my wife to install an RO unit...)
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    While I was taking pics I wanted to share a few pics of the animals living in my sump. I think they do a good job keeping the matrix and poret clean. The shrimp and scuds also make an occasional live food snack for the discus!

    Red Cherry Shrimp on pond matrix, they eat any food that goes into the overflow.
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    Assassin snails, taking care of my MTS issue. Apparently feeding beefheart and mysis shrimp multiple times a day in a planted tank causes a population explosion of MTS.
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    Tough to make out but dead center of the pic is a freshwater copepod/amphipod/gammarus scuds. They live in the poret and pond matrix.
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    Default Re: 3 x 2 x 2 planted discus tank

    Tank is looking great I've added a red flame sword and 30 cardinals.

    Current stock is:
    9 Discus
    40 cardinal tetra
    5 BN Plecos
    Many MTS
    Growing number of assassin snails (~20)
    Rebounding population of shrimp (in sump)
    Growing number of scuds

    Do twice a week 30% WC with 1/3 to 2/5 tap to 2/3 to 3/5 RO (depending on TDS reading, aiming for ~160ppm)
    pH 7.2
    Nitrate <20ppm
    GH~6-8
    KH~3

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