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04-22-2013, 12:12 AM #11
04-22-2013, 12:53 AM #12
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.
04-22-2013, 06:45 PM #13Junior Member Guppy
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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!
04-22-2013, 07:44 PM #14
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.
04-22-2013, 10:24 PM #15
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04-22-2013, 10:51 PM #16
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.