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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingsarefun View Post
    So the White checkerboard is sorta vibrating? They are also pecking at the driftwood.
    I'm guessing this might be mating behavior?

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    Sure is! That didn't take long. Nice work with the set up. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingsarefun View Post
    I vacuum about 20-30 gallons out of the tank daily to keep the substrate clean, and plan on a 75% water change on Sundays.
    Current stock is very low, 8 Oto cats, 8 Discus, and 100+ cherry shrimp.

    The dark substrate is organic potting soil, capped with pool filter sand.
    It's a semi walstad method tank to help keep the plants happy without the need to dose strong fertilizers.

    Also the fish a larger than they seem from the pictures, half of them are pushing 5 inches.
    This type of tank only lasts a while. And usually not the way to go with discus. It has been tried numerous times with not great success if your read the older posts. It is impossible to deep clean the substrate, which really needs to be done for "discus". I had a planted dirt tank, low stock, topped off and no water changes and feeding very low and it worked for other fish. Most discus have been raised on farms in crowded conditions were they are subjected to antibiotics on a regular basis. Just like our chickens and pigs. And when they come to us their immune systems will become bombarded with these bacteria/pathogens in our tanks that cause illness. So, it will work for a while, but not long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluelagoon View Post
    This type of tank only lasts a while. And usually not the way to go with discus. It has been tried numerous times with not great success if your read the older posts. It is impossible to deep clean the substrate, which really needs to be done for "discus". I had a planted dirt tank, low stock, topped off and no water changes and feeding very low and it worked for other fish. Most discus have been raised on farms in crowded conditions were they are subjected to antibiotics on a regular basis. Just like our chickens and pigs. And when they come to us their immune systems will become bombarded with these bacteria/pathogens in our tanks that cause illness. So, it will work for a while, but not long term.
    I appreciate your input, I have gone through almost all the stickies and watched the videos on the site of best practices for keeping discus, but ultimately I'm going to do what makes fish keeping enjoyable to me. Hopefully with my cleaning / water change regiment I can keep these guys happy and healthy.

    Also this is most definitely not a true walstad method tank. I'm cycling in 10-15% of fresh filtered water daily and swapping 4x 200 micron filter socks 2 times a week.

    If I see something come up I can certainly adjust my strategy or even pull the fish to place them in a standard BB tank.

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    Well ****, what do I do now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingsarefun View Post
    Well ****, what do I do now?

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    Watch and enjoy !
    Congrats they will probably do this several times before they get it right so enjoy watching them .
    They do seem happy !
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    Congrats! Now you get to watch them defend their space. They will get a bit cranky with their tank mates.

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    Congrats! An enjoyable adventure is awaiting.

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