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    Ok, further to my post above, I have done some more research today and I may need to rethink the geo's...maybe a species only tank would be best...or maybe some rams & tetras will still work. The initial plan (determined partially by budget) is to house 6 medium discus in the 125 gal.
    I am still thinking some basic plants attached to wood (anubias, java fern, etc) and leaving the substrate planted plants out of the picture. I do think I will begin with a thin layer of inert sand and have a basic river stone and root wood aquascape that enables effective cleaning.
    My 125 gal currently has the rear glass painted black as that really enhanced the coloration of my cypho's. I think I have settled on either 4.5" valentine, 4-4.5" red melon/golden or 5.5" blue diamonds with teh dark blue gene, as the bright coloration really appeals to my wife & I, and they're stunning. Is the black background going to make the discus darker or will their colors pop nicely if the water quality and overall environment make them feel secure & happy?
    Is 1 x 300W heater going to be enough to get my temp to 82-84F?
    Thanks for any advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by danotaylor View Post
    Ok, further to my post above, I have done some more research today and I may need to rethink the geo's...maybe a species only tank would be best...or maybe some rams & tetras will still work. The initial plan (determined partially by budget) is to house 6 medium discus in the 125 gal.
    I am still thinking some basic plants attached to wood (anubias, java fern, etc) and leaving the substrate planted plants out of the picture. I do think I will begin with a thin layer of inert sand and have a basic river stone and root wood aquascape that enables effective cleaning.
    My 125 gal currently has the rear glass painted black as that really enhanced the coloration of my cypho's. I think I have settled on either 4.5" valentine, 4-4.5" red melon/golden or 5.5" blue diamonds with teh dark blue gene, as the bright coloration really appeals to my wife & I, and they're stunning. Is the black background going to make the discus darker or will their colors pop nicely if the water quality and overall environment make them feel secure & happy?
    Is 1 x 300W heater going to be enough to get my temp to 82-84F?
    Thanks for any advice
    Maybe this will help http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showth...-and-Questions.
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    Thanks Pat, good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
    I'm finding the recent developments in this thread to be a touch confusing to me, so I guess I need some sorting out.
    It appears to me that a couple of earlier posts (other than those mentioned below) may not have been responded to.

    Have any of you, i.e.- drob 85; musicmarn1; or FishfromPhilly - had your questionnaire posts responded to yet - perhaps elsewhere, on another thread you may have begun ?

    If not, please say so, and I'll be happy to respond when I can.
    Confusing to me too Paul.
    Lots of views but no replies. SecondHandPat even copied my response to a separate thread, which I later discovered was something he suggested newbies do in the initial sticky thread.
    It seems to me that even though most longer term members thought the questionnaire was a great idea, when someone takes the time to fill it all out there is too much info for others to feel they can give a reply justice. It seriously took me about an hour to think through and answer the questions. The problem is as a discus beginner the questionnaire gives the newbie the idea that long timers here care and want to help so they take the time to fill it out in its entirety. Then when no-one takes the time or or has the inclination to respond to all the information sought by the questions, one feels like the time spent answering was wasted, and this is just like most of the other fish forums where there is lots of good intentions, but when it comes down to it it's really just every man for himself...sigh
    I can hear some say "you need to give it more time", "or you only posted 6 days ago", but lets be real, how often to we go back to a thread once it gets pushed down the pipe by new threads/replies being posted. I am a moderator on another forum, so I get that the volume is often overwhelming, and I have been guilty of the very thing that is vexing me know, LOL, but when I found the questionnaire I thought "wow I can get all my questions and plans vetted in 1 post and not have to do endless forum searches to find out what I need to know"...even though I did that as well, LOL.
    Anyways, end of rant. Kenny spent 25 minutes on the phone with me and emailed me a bunch of great info the other night to help me get started. Once I buy fish from him, it seems he will be my best and most available resource...
    Last edited by danotaylor; 05-21-2018 at 03:46 PM.

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