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    Quote Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
    And Judi - I'd be very happy to help you get started with discus in any way I can. Please don't hesitate to PM me anytime.
    I've started a journal for the Discus tank, please take a look and tell me what you think...I'll be hitting you up for advice no doubt :D

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=111620
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    Based on eveything I have read regarding your research/preparation and your discus project plans, it seems you are very much on the right track to be successful at keeping discus.

    It appears you want to develop a community tank environment with suitable, compatable discus tank-mates. That being the case, you needn't overly concern yourself with doing a moderately planted set-up, as opposed to a bare-bottom type of environment - - so long as you leave your discus plenty of swim space, and the arrangement permits you to maintain a good tank cleansing regimen on a regular basis.
    One other observation... consider not using any very dark substrate, which will usually result in many discus (not to mention peppering in pigeon-based fish - but I understand you won't be going that route anyway) taking on darker colorations and hues in sympathy with their surroundings - their true colors may not show through that well with a dark /black substrate. Just some thoughts for you.

    You may wish to have a peek at a couple of abums of my tanks that I have just posted in a new thread. May give you some ideas.
    Best of luck to you.

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    New also to this forum, not to aquariums though. Often thought of keeping discus but have always been put off by the RO water requirement. Most fish have eventually become bred to be acclimated to hard water, still waiting on the discus I guess. Have you seen what breeders have done with angel fish? Philippine blues etc.? They are starting to have discussy color!

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    Hi there.
    Why don't you give discus a try - you won't regret it.

    And btw, you don't need RO water for discus - conditioned tap water will do without problem (aged if need be), even if your water is up to 8.5 pH.
    There could be issues with breeding in hard, alkaline water, but otherwise it's just fine, so long as it maintains relatively stable.




    Quote Originally Posted by wendolynn View Post
    New also to this forum, not to aquariums though. Often thought of keeping discus but have always been put off by the RO water requirement. Most fish have eventually become bred to be acclimated to hard water, still waiting on the discus I guess. Have you seen what breeders have done with angel fish? Philippine blues etc.? They are starting to have discussy color!

  5. #15

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    Happy belated Birthday. - steeler58 Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 Sorry for you loss, wish it was a real one. - steeler58 It's EOTW Beer Time! - KevinVA 
    It's fish flake friday, like the old days!! - steeler58 Beer makes monday not suck so bad.. - Sandz In honor of Steelers 5k posts! - Sandz Couldn't give you rep, yet, but you deserve it with your contributions in the Discus/Angel thread.  Thanks! - KevinVA T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
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    Quote Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
    Based on eveything I have read regarding your research/preparation and your discus project plans, it seems you are very much on the right track to be successful at keeping discus.

    Thank you so much for taking a look at my journal, it's something I'm really looking forward to and happy to know I am going in the right direction.

    It appears you want to develop a community tank environment with suitable, compatable discus tank-mates. That being the case, you needn't overly concern yourself with doing a moderately planted set-up, as opposed to a bare-bottom type of environment - - so long as you leave your discus plenty of swim space, and the arrangement permits you to maintain a good tank cleansing regimen on a regular basis.
    One other observation... consider not using any very dark substrate, which will usually result in many discus (not to mention peppering in pigeon-based fish - but I understand you won't be going that route anyway) taking on darker colorations and hues in sympathy with their surroundings - their true colors may not show through that well with a dark /black substrate. Just some thoughts for you.

    I'd really like to do a thin layer of "pool filter sand" (white/light) but I'm just a bit concerned regarding the cleanup, thought it may be easier to start off bare bottom and go from there once I'm more confident.


    Does the background color have any affect on coloration as the substrate would?


    You may wish to have a peek at a couple of abums of my tanks that I have just posted in a new thread. May give you some ideas.
    Best of luck to you.
    I did!!! Just gorgeous, I took notes on the Golden Lollipops and the Albino Golden. I'm thrilled that you have a setup that will inspire and open the minds of so many others to the possibility of keeping Discus
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    Yes, dark background does have a modest effect on fish coloration (and peppering in pigeon-based fish), but much more so when combined with a dark substrate/tank bottom, and low lighting.

    The dominant factor is the color of the substrate, or bottom of the tank if bb, and if it's white like mine, you can use it with a medium/darker background, and the effect is rather minimal.

    I use white PFS with a med/dark blue background, and I think you will have seen from my albums that it doesn't darken the fishes' colors to any noticeable degree.

    Thanks for your kind words.

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