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Thread: Budget Question

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    Hello Folks,

    New to this forum, not new to aquarium hobby. I am looking to create a nice home for discus. I plan a 120 gallon tank with a cabinet type stand and would also look to having quality, well recommended equipment. Not necessary top of the line - but maybe. I am looking to do a planted tank with a canister filter along, of course, with all the requirement for keeping clean, healthy water. My discus choices will likely be a nice variety; eventually 10 - 12 fish, along with a few discus-friendly fresh water companions.

    OK - so here is my question. I would like to keep my startup budget between $5,000 - $6,000. I do realize there are ongoing operating expenses, but I don't have a strong handle on what that would be. I can afford a higher budget if that means the difference between a nice tank and a gorgeous tank. I do understand a lot of that has to do with the amount of care taken in proceeding with the project and not necessarily the equipment. But good quality equipment has to help - right?

    So - what is your opinion on this? Thank you for your feedback!


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    Welcome to the forum Doug. You should be able to buy everything you need twice with that budget. I've never raised discus but perfect filtration and frequent water changes will be necessary. Is your local water supply appropriate for discus?

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    Thanks for your reply. Good to know I may have a strong budget planned. I know others in my area raise discus with tap water that has only been treated for chlorine. I believe pH levels are close to neutral, and with gradual acclimation I've been told discus will do fine with 7.0 pH. I will not be introducing any fish into a new tank until after properly cycled with water chemistry at recommended levels.

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    I think the majority of equipment will need to be your personal preference (cabinet, tank, filter etc) but as stated by onthefly you will need to do frequent water changes. I recommend getting a Python or other water changer if you don't have one. Here in Missouri we have very high PH but I have many friends who use our tap water for discus. This is because many of the general in-store (not wild caught) discus have been bred for generations and are no longer as sensitive as their parents. You will still need to acclimate them slowly for safe measure but if your PH is 7, I wouldn't be worried about it that much. I would advise you to not go cheap on heaters! Discus need water at about 82 degrees. A 120 Gallon will need multiple high wattage heaters. I hope to see this project's progress in the Aquarium Journals section
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    to AC, Doug. This sounds like a wonderful tank in the making. Good for you on doing your research.
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    Welcome, your budget sounds doable. Are you planning on DIY for the tank stand-that will save a lot of $$$. I haven't kept Discus, but I know there are a couple here who do/have kept them and I hope they can help you out.
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    Hi, Doug. Welcome, and I look forward to seeing how your plans progress. :)

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    Your plans sound interesting, I hope to be able to follow your journal as your tank progresses as well :)

    I've never kept discus, but I've read over and over from members who do keep and breed discus, that juveniles are best grown out in bare-bottom tanks. If you read a few of the discus stickies, you'll see why. So imo, you wouldn't have to start out with the expense of specialty substrates for plant growth. You could buy some plants and keep them planted in pots, that way they'll be ready to plant and scape your tank once your discus are large enough.

    I didn't see the importance of growing them out in a bare-bottom tank at first, but after reading a few journals, and growing out angelfish myself, I've changed my mind.

    And like OnTheFly said, frequent water changes are a must! Discus respond amazingly well to lots of fresh water daily. It's more preventative maintenance that is a challenge keeping discus, rather than cost, although discus are pricey, you wouldn't want to stunt one or have it fall ill.

    There's so much to say and learn about keeping discus, but at least you don't have to start out with all the expenses at once.

    Good luck and I'll be following your story :)
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