Cafepress Store     Golden State Discus

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

  1. #1
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    17
    iTrader
    0

    Default Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Whether painted or bare, I don't like the mirror effect of the tank bottom, and I have to wonder if it stresses the fish. My plan is to recreate the river bottom of the natural discus environment as closely as possible. For cleanliness I will keep the layer as thin as possible. Apparently, it is sandy, but I have yet to find a description of color. I have a vague memory that it is white, or at least a light color.
    Any thoughts or info is appreciated.

    Tom

  2. #2
    Moderator Team Paul Sabucchi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Adriatic Coast, Italy
    Posts
    918
    iTrader
    1 (100%)
    Real Name
    Take a wild guess

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    I think it is a matter concerning the fishkeeper's aesthetic preferences rather than those of the fish. By the limited experience with my lot, the bare bottom does not seem to intimidate them one jot, never seen them trying to hide in a corner. This probably applies to most domestic hybrid discus as probably for dozens of generations they have been bred and raised in BB tanks. With wilds it may be different. The natural look is more pleasing and may well seem what most resembles the environment from which the species originates but for me this does not automatically imply that trying to mimick it in a tiny glass box is going to produce the best results. I have been growing out my discus for the last 15 months and in a few months, once I can relax the maintenance I was thinking of sprucing up the tank, add sime minimal decor and plants, some shoaling tetras and some sterbay Corys so debating weather to put a thin layer of pale sand. But plenty of people have reported that their Coreys do just fine on a BB
    Last edited by Paul Sabucchi; 12-05-2018 at 12:52 PM.
    My discus are not fat...just big fish-boned

  3. #3
    Administrator jeep's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    O.P. KS
    Posts
    3,468
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    The fish don't see the reflection. It's refraction between the light, water and air. Grab a scuba mask and stick your face in the water and you will see what they see, lol... I would be more concerned about a clear bottom than a painted one... I use Stone Creations by Krylon. It looks like a sandy bottom...

  4. #4
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    17
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sabucchi View Post
    I think it is a matter concerning the fishkeeper's aesthetic preferences rather than those of the fish.
    My primary reason for the sand bottom is to display the fish in their native environment. Secondary reasons are that *I* don't like the mirror effect, and possibly the fish don't either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sabucchi View Post
    By the limited experience with my lot, the bare bottom does not seem to intimidate them one jot
    OK. Thanks for the info.

    Tom

  5. #5
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    17
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Quote Originally Posted by jeep View Post
    I use Stone Creations by Krylon. It looks like a sandy bottom...
    Good idea - I like it. Any issues getting the paint to adhere to the glass?

    Tom

  6. #6
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    17
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Anyone have an idea as to the color of the sand on the beds of the Amazon tributaries?

    Tom

  7. #7
    Moderator Team Paul Sabucchi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Adriatic Coast, Italy
    Posts
    918
    iTrader
    1 (100%)
    Real Name
    Take a wild guess

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Here are some video clips
    This is more where discus are to be found
    https://youtu.be/BwDCseB-D0Y

    In this one taken in areas of stronger current you can actually see the sand but I do not think it would be their first choice of environment to live
    https://youtu.be/CtvNc6BxEuQ
    My discus are not fat...just big fish-boned

  8. #8
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    17
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Heckels ... Rio Nhamunda ... black water ... "in between are fallen trees and logs - and there's always fine white sand present, too."

    The Definitive Guide to Discus:
    https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co....iscus-part-one

  9. #9
    Administrator jeep's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    O.P. KS
    Posts
    3,468
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Natural Environment "...sandy bottom" Color???

    Quote Originally Posted by taneal1 View Post
    Good idea - I like it. Any issues getting the paint to adhere to the glass?

    Tom
    I painted my tanks 15 years ago and on one of them the paint is wrinkling up and probably ready to come off.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

pic of month             AquaticSuppliers.com