Vince's planted Freshwater Tank

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First fish to qt 3 juvie pearls
 

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Looks good! Fw qt so much easier as well
I've had the benefit of watching them at work for a couple weeks now too.

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I've also come to the beach to go rock collecting (legally of course). Brought some muriatic acid to test for aquarium safe rocks.
 

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Why am I getting FOMO on freshwater? I left freshwater, don't look back Jeff... Don't look back! :sneaky:

I think the reason is that I have never had a serious freshwater tank. I always had super lame freshwater tanks looking back at them. I think the challenge of the Plants and the coolness of the CO2 dosing would keep me interested. Maybe just one small tank... (You know how this whole thing goes!)
 

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Why am I getting FOMO on freshwater? I left freshwater, don't look back Jeff... Don't look back! :sneaky:

I think the reason is that I have never had a serious freshwater tank. I always had super lame freshwater tanks looking back at them. I think the challenge of the Plants and the coolness of the CO2 dosing would keep me interested. Maybe just one small tank... (You know how this whole thing goes!)
I whole heartedly agree! I think for me it's the thrill of starting something new and learning. The fantastic thing about freshwater is that you can reset it as many times as you want if something gets boring. You can make a tank look gorgeous day one too. Plus plants aren't 40-100$ a pop and plants propagate very well.

Jeff I think it's time for you to revisit freshwater 🤣
 

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I whole heartedly agree! I think for me it's the thrill of starting something new and learning. The fantastic thing about freshwater is that you can reset it as many times as you want if something gets boring. You can make a tank look gorgeous day one too. Plus plants aren't 40-100$ a pop and plants propagate very well.

Jeff I think it's time for you to revisit freshwater 🤣
Ha, its funny seeing the other side. I was in freshwater planted for about a decade and a year less in SW. I have had tons of freshwater, but after the first 3 years of saltwater, most of my tanks were frag tanks and never a serious reef display. I still have 1 small planted tank, that runs itself, but my focus now is reefs. The planted tank is a fluval edge with the top cut off and a lid. I have topped it off twice in 7 months or so and feed it every couple weeks tops.

Edit: and per your comment, the whole reason that tank is setup is it has the $40-100 plants.
 
You can easily do discus breeding with a planted tank. My discus laid eggs all the time in a planted tank. I did not run CO2. I was running flourite gravel cause I like the color and its easy to grow plants at higher temps. I love gouramis!!! keep posting pics plz. your kitten is adorable while "helping" with the substrate choice. FOMO is a why I ended up with 4 salt tanks....I will not do that again...maybe just 2 tanks so I can have a dwarf lion...a frog fish....I do miss Johanni's too. lol
 

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Ha, its funny seeing the other side. I was in freshwater planted for about a decade and a year less in SW. I have had tons of freshwater, but after the first 3 years of saltwater, most of my tanks were frag tanks and never a serious reef display. I still have 1 small planted tank, that runs itself, but my focus now is reefs. The planted tank is a fluval edge with the top cut off and a lid. I have topped it off twice in 7 months or so and feed it every couple weeks tops.

Edit: and per your comment, the whole reason that tank is setup is it has the $40-100 plants.
I always just kept basic fw tanks and never got significantly invested in a setup. I also wzsj
You can easily do discus breeding with a planted tank. My discus laid eggs all the time in a planted tank. I did not run CO2. I was running flourite gravel cause I like the color and its easy to grow plants at higher temps. I love gouramis!!! keep posting pics plz. your kitten is adorable while "helping" with the substrate choice. FOMO is a why I ended up with 4 salt tanks....I will not do that again...maybe just 2 tanks so I can have a dwarf lion...a frog fish....I do miss Johanni's too. lol
The discus are mostly just growing out in here and putting pairs together. After that they'll go in their separate breeding tanks and I'll try to get a new school of a different variety to get new pairs
 

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miracle grow has extra nutrients you dont need. just use cheap af top soil
That's okay I don't think I'll actually go with a soil. Reason being is I don't want my ph and kh to drop. From my research any soil will end up doing this. These are stendker discus that are used to a high ph around 7.5-8 and high kh and gh. I want to keep them conditioned at that ph and not have things shift. Discus aren't too keen on ph floating around everytime you do a water change. I know the acidity is much better for plants but I'll just go with root tabs and liquid ferts. I do certainly want to have use aquasoil in the future. Would it probably be fine? sure but I will err on the side of caution
 

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Weighing down driftwood with misc rocks but we're getting wet. I layed a thin layer of pea gravel at the bottom to help plants root around. I've been keeping all these pieces in storage for the eventual day I'd use them lol. Not final resting but I need to soak them.
 

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I don’thave any xp with discus, can’t help you there
Essentially, I'm buying stendker discus to breed. These guys are conditioned to hard alkaline water. Rather than buying reg discus that like soft acidic water. It's great for most people around here because we have fairly hard alkaline water so they don't have to deal with ro systems just to keep discus. So I want to breed stendkers for that purpose. This is their grow out tank and I want to keep them conditioned to hard alkaline water so inert substrates are best for what I'm trying to accomplish long term.
 

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Got a donation of fish as a co worker was breaking down the tank for a move.

Got some more sparkling gouramis, yo-yo loaches, a dozen Amano shrimp, Khuli loaches, rasbora hets, and a couple otocinclus. Decided that when I do purchase discus they'll probably be in the fish room for easier water changes. I will likely get some Juvie angels to pair up however
 
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