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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    Quote Originally Posted by peewee1 View Post
    Roy is 10 years old and 70 in dog years.
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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    Thanks Roy, looking forward to watching as you progress and transition to the 75 gal

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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    Hi @danotaylor, thank you for the kind words. I will probably start doing fish moving in about a month.

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    Hi All,

    2020-09-28
    Another 9 gallon water change today. I siphoned up about 1/4" of the sand substrate at the front of the tank because it was showing little specks of algae and looking "dirty" and replaced it with fresh sand. The fish continue to eat and grow; today I gave them live white worms (Enchytraeus albidus) for the first time. The plants continue to grow including the Rotala H'ra, Ludwigia sp 'Red' (NOT), and the Ludwigia arcuata is looking taller as is the Limnophila sp 'Wavy'.


    Notice the watersprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides) growing behind the Microsporum pteropus 'Windelov' (java fern); Ceratopteris are great plants for absorbing nitrates and ammonia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist View Post
    Hi @danotaylor, thank you for the kind words. I will probably start doing fish moving in about a month.
    Yes, while you are moving fish I suspect you will move one of those beauties to my house by mistake.

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    Hi All,

    2020-10-12
    It's been a few weeks since my last update. The fish are doing fine, eating well (too well?), water changes continue two to three times per week and the plants have been growing. Here is how overgrown the plants looked two weeks ago just before I did a trim and split some of the species to additional locations in the tank.


    The last two weeks I've been helping my son-in-law build a 15' X 9' frame shed and although the water changes have continued on schedule my ferts went by the wayside. Today I did my 'big' weekly water change, about 60%, and took water parameter readings:
    pH = 6.4
    dKH = 2.0
    dGH = 1.0
    Ca = 10 ppm
    Mg = 0.00 ppm
    NH3 = 0.00 ppm
    NO2 = 0.00 ppm
    NO3 = 10.0 ppm

    Even without ferts being added the plants continued to grow, the cuttings I planted two weeks ago are starting to reach the top of the tank (again) and other are starting to show up from behind the Microsorum pteropus (java fern) 'Windelov'. The Erio 'Vietnam' continues to suffer so I put two (2) beads of Osmocote Plus in the root zone of the three plants on the left to see if they respond. In addition I added some small pieces of Seachem Root Tabs in the substrate near the Cryptocoryne. I noticed some diatom (brown algae) growth about a month ago. I purchased two (2) Otocinclus affinis at the local aquarium shop and quarantined them for a month. I added them today. Here is a picture of the tank taken this morning.

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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    10, 40, 70... hell, I don't care... I just want to keep watching updates!

    PeeWee & Shan, thanks for giving me a brainfart Too many numbers!
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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    Roy has too many fish per gallon. I stand ready to receive the extras.

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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    Hi All,


    It was pointed out to me that I had not posted an update lately, I apologize. For the last six weeks my son-in-law and I are building a frame 10' X 16' X 12' high shed (from scratch not a kit) in his backyard. It has 4 windows, 2 doors, and lighting with outlets (I think it is a man-cave to hide from my daughter - lol). Truthfully, I have been too tired to do anything but feed my tanks and do water changes.....70 year olds should not have to work this hard! lol

    2020-11-04
    Anyway, the fish are doing well. Growing, and feeling more and more comfortable in their tank. They get live adult brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms, FD Tubifex worms, and live white worms. They are starting to show some color as well. I added some Cardinal Tetras to the tank as 'dither fish' which seems to be working. The tetras were not from Petsmart or Petco but from a LFS that quarantines and treats all of their fish with Mardel Maracyn, Fritz Paracleanse, and Aquarium Solutions Ich X for one week prior to the fish going into the retail store (don't you wish your LFS did that?).


    Here is one of the juvies starting to show some color




    And here is a tank shot from this evening showing some of the discus and the Cardinals. The plants will be trimmed and taken to a LFS for store credit later this week.

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    Default Re: Roy's 30 Gallon Red Spot Green Discus F1

    I have yet to understand how you get the 30 gallon to appear to be 50 gallons. Mirrors I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peewee1 View Post
    I have yet to understand how you get the 30 gallon to appear to be 50 gallons. Mirrors I suspect.
    LOL peewee1, it's done with smoke and mirrors!

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    Hi All,

    I hope all of you are well and safe.

    It's been three (3) weeks since my last update and no, I didn't fall of the roof of the shed my son-in-law and I are building (I let him to all the roof work, I just handed him material). The seven (7) F1 RSGD are doing well, growing like weeds, and very healthy! Three weeks ago I took the plants to the LFS as I said I would, there where about 8 bunches total of Rotala, Ludwigia, and Oldenlandia for which I got store credit. Today I did my second canister cleaning since setting up the tank (about every 8 weeks with a Marineland Magniflow 220). I replaced the Purigen bag with a recharged & neutralized bag, rinsed the sponges and bio-balls in tank water, and replaced the filter floss. I do everything I can to minimize the possibility of a 'mini-cycle' occurring. Tomorrow is water change day and I will take some water parameter readings at that time.


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