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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #891

>Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 09:56:03 -0000
>From: "A M Moore" <andy at ascot_u-net.com>
>Subject: Discus & Planted Tanks
>For anyone who keeps Discus in a fully planted setup - how crutial do you
>think it is to keep the fish around 86F ? I have currently been keeping my
>temperatures around the 79-80F mark to give the plants an easier time, and
>Any constructive opinions welcome

From all the literature I have read Discus thrive under the higher
temperatures. I think you should decide the bottom line. What is the tanks
primary use, is it a planted tank or a Discus tank? IMHO if you split it
down the middle you'll not  necessarily get the best of both worlds. I'm not
saying it can't be done, but to me there is a difference between existing
and flourishing. If Discus are the primary concern(and to most people they
are, if for no other reason than a financial one) then you'll be doing them
a disservice, by providing less than an ideal environment. I have a planted
Discus tank, any compromises I have had to make, be it tank temp, water
chemistry, or lighting, are to the benefit of the Discus. The task was
finding plants that not only can survive these perameters, but can flourish.
While my plant choices are simple(swords, cabomba, crypts, and vals), with a
little imagination, I believe I have reach a decent level of success. I'm
not saying this is the easiest or best way simply my way. Good luck.