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Re: -3.9: [APD] Discus in Planted tank

On Fri, 2004-02-27 at 02:58, Matt Wassenhove wrote:
> Has anyone put any discus (Kings of the Aquarium Fish) in their planted
> tanks.  I was thinking about getting some. I figure it would be a good idea

I think more people have success trying to aquascape their discus tanks
rather than trying to chuck discus into planted tanks. If I were you I'd
read up about keeping discus before adding them. It is not hard if you
have the knowledge and go about it the right way.

If you browse to http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/ you will see
many examples over the past few years of beautiful aquascaped discus
tanks. If you search the web for "planted discus" you will come up with
many relevant links, including a good article of George Booth's at

Most people seem to keep their planted discus tanks dead on 28 deg C. In
my 8 ft tank I am growing val, swords, anubias and crypts well. My
ammania gracilis is doing ok.

I have noted in the last few years of the aquascaping competition that
most discus aquascapes tend to feature a limited (overall) range of
plants (at 28 degrees C) and the plants do have a great tendancy to be
green. For example, this
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=3&id=73 tank is one of my favourites.

I also have an untested theory that the higher the temperature, the more
light that is required (for the same size of tank). A friend of mine has
successfully grown just about anything he has tried in a 50gallon tank
at 31 deg C... with 250 watts of MH lighting! Any opinions on this?
Unfortunately he recently `bumped' his heater and the plants had a
meltdown after a while at 36 deg C, but the tank is now recovering.


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