Ideal new setup

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  1. Warr7207

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    I am marine boy, but would like to know, what would be a cool setup, keeping in mind I have wicked colours and diversity in my marine setup.

    Also maintenance is not a prob, as my marine setup needs daily care.

    I would say a 300L setup would be the sort of volume I would consider.

    Livestock need to be interesting enough to keep me happy

    Tank dimensions i would think would be quite different to marines because there is no coral and hectic lighting requirements.

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  3. Henk Hugo

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    i would go for a 1.2m tank with a fluval 305 filter. 4x54watt T5s, jager heater. some sort of plant substrate and a nice planted tank with some south american tetras and angels
     
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    warr are u actually going to be putting up a FW system ?
     
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    looks like it :)
     
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    I would probably go for a malawi setup if I did a "proper" freshwater system. Other than that maybe discus because I've never tried them. Deliliah did a nice thread called noobs guide to discus somewhere around here if you're interested.
     
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    the problem is to find GOOD discus without being ripped off
     
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    thats the plan henk !! :p:blink1:
     
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    Warr7207

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    Any pics of these tetras and angels ?
     
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    Warr7207

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    Looking into it :eek:
     
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    would you want anything other than this ?

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    some tetra`s

    Cardinal Tetra

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    Rummy nose tetra

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    Black Neon

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    Warr7207

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    What is this ?
     
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    that is a discus :p
     
  15. Henk Hugo

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    Warr go do a search on discus to see what colours you get. like i said in another post - theres so many crap discus out there... you must know what to look for
     
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    Warr7207

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    Ok, so here is my ideas so far.

    Planted 1.2m tank with 4 or 5 Discus (adult sizes) and 1 or 2 schools of tetras - Cardinal and/or Rummy nose, probably 20 of each.

    Run T5 lighting system. Canister filtration.

    What substrate is going work for a planted tank ?

    Keeping in mind I am not going have a sump, will a normal 300w heater suffice for heating ?

    What sort of heat do these Amazon creatures enjoy - 28-29°C ?
     
  17. Zafgak

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    Substrate - cleaned riversand - available from plant nurserys
    300W is good but I would go for 2 x 200W (redundancy)
    your temp range is fine , anywhere from 26-30
     
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    Don't forget that your Discus will require the higher end of the temp range though.
     
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    It is a kind of trade-off, because discus likes higher temperatures and most plants likes it a bit colder than the 29-30 that most people keep discus tanks to.

    When I had my discus planted tank, I had my temp at 27 degrees without any visible side effects.

    I am also into marines, but like you said, the amount of maintenance is much less.(No coralline algae on the glass)
    A well balanced planted tank only needs glass cleaning every 2-3 weeks.

    Something I would recommend looking into for a planted tank is pressurized CO2.

    And when you start, plant densely with fast growing plants and you wouldn't have a problem with algae.

    This is what I have as planted tank.

    http://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/showthread.php?t=511
     
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    speedz In need of a fishroom....

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    malawis will enjoy a big tank like that
     
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    Seachem flourite is a very good substrate for a planted tank and I must aggree that 2 heaters are always better than one.
     

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