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90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:55 am

Dear Cichlid Forum,
I started growing a 90 gallon planted tank in 2014. The aquarium has a sand substrate with latrite. The filter is a canister filter. There is CO2 depending on the amount of fish. I use a bubble wand. The lighting is four t8 bulbs and one t10 bulb at 10,000 kelvin. I do not use a heater. I use a diatom filter once a week to remove the gree tint from the aquarium. The baskets had orchids growing in them. I removed the baskets for swimming space. I started with discus, angelfish and dwarf cichlids. I now just keep guppies and discus in this tank. The dwarf cichlids and angelfish were to aggressive for the discus.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby thornsja19 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:52 am

Might lose the guppies as the discus get bigger due to aggression. Also, cichlids are diggers so if you really like those plants, you're taking a gamble. Also, how warm is the tank? Discus like a high temperature so if your house isn't warm enough they may get sick/stressed without a heater
60g 1 Gold Severum, 1 Electric Blue Acara, 1 Platinum Angel, 1 Firemouth, 4 Rainbow cichlid, 10 Tiger Barbs, 1 BN pleco, 1 ABN pleco
10g German Blue Ram pair
3.5g Male Betta, Dwarf Cory cat
3.5g Male Betta
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby FireHorn123 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:16 am

Nice tank!
40gB- (2)Gold Severum, (2)Guppies [Unfinished]
30gL-(2)Rainbow Cichlid Pair, (5)White Skirt Tetras [Finished]
29g- (2) Kribensis Pair (4) Mixed Cory Cats [Nearly Finished]
20gL- (1)Male Dwarf Gourami [Unfinished]
10g-Unoccupied
450g Fountain Pond-[HEAVY WORK IN PROGRESS]
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:51 am

FireHorn123 wrote:Nice tank!

Thanks for the complement.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby SantaMonicaHelp » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:46 pm

The tank looks pretty good in those photos. How has it been doing since?

-Kamran
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:01 am

SantaMonicaHelp wrote:The tank looks pretty good in those photos. How has it been doing since?

-Kamran

Thanks for the complement Kamran. The plants seem to be established. I am focused on water quality now. I added carbon and zeolite to the canister filter.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby SantaMonicaHelp » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:49 pm

Were you thinking of adding anything else to the tank?

-Kamran
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:04 pm

SantaMonicaHelp wrote:Were you thinking of adding anything else to the tank?

-Kamran

Thanks for asking. I added 12 minor tetras to make the discus come out from under the Amazon sword plant leaves. It did not work. The only cichlids I will only keep in this tank are discus. I want the discus to feel secure. Discus do chase each other into hiding and discus do cause stress to other discus through aggression. In the past, I have kept dwarf cichlids, (rams and Apistogramma cacatuoides), with discus. The dwarf cichlids bred and the discus hid. I removed the dwarf cichlids because the dwarf cichlids were aggressive towards the discus. The discus still hide but swim more confidently. I will add five more catfish just to keep the tank clean and help circulate the water. I am concerned about water quality.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby SantaMonicaHelp » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:28 pm

Thanks for the info, and nice photo. Be sure to post pics of the catfish when you add them.

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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:01 pm

SantaMonicaHelp wrote:Thanks for the info, and nice photo. Be sure to post pics of the catfish when you add them.

-Kamran

Thanks, I will. The Anubias nana plant flowered.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby SantaMonicaHelp » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:21 pm

Splendid! :D

-Kamran
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby Hidan » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:55 am

The only cichlids I will only keep in this tank are discus.

I have seen people keep Discus with Angels as well as as various types of fish. Usually they make sure the angels are smaller than the discus.

Discus are shy when they are smaller and get bolder when they grow slightly bigger. Also they often do better and get bolder when they have competition for food. I have heard the temperature claims, but I have heard the domesticated discus don't need those extremely high temperatures and do just fine at more moderate ranges.Usually those high temps are needed to induce breeding. This is the info I got from a couple of experienced discus keepers/breeders.


Maybe someone a lot more experience can clarify.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:25 pm

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SantaMonicaHelp wrote:Thanks for the info, and nice photo. Be sure to post pics of the catfish when you add them.

-Kamran


Here is my catfish. It is a Synodontis species
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby surfthebay » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:30 pm

I just cleaned the filter and pruned the tank. I am trying to grow a anthurium in the tank. The Anubius looks very similar.
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Re: 90 Gallon Planted Community Tank

Postby Deeda » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:25 pm

I thought Anthuriums were a terrestrial plant only?
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