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Our New Discus Tank - I

by George J. Reclos

After Lady C decided to keep some discus (see previous article), it was only a matter of time before setting up a new tank exclusively for them. Sometimes things happen much faster than you expect them to. Therefore, less than a month later, she (Lady C of course) decided that the time has come. Estimating that each adult discus will need at least 40 liters of water she decided that a 240 liter tank (280 liter gross volume) would be the perfect home for them so they wouldn't be stressed later on.. Following a very short discussion we rushed to buy this new tank which was supposed to be a planted tank. In fact, the small 55 liter tank of Johnny would provide us with the "starting" plants which would be accompanied by the plants already present in the 80 liter tanks now housing the discus.

Here is the starting point. First we had to remove the books since the new tank is considerably larger than the 80 cm tank shown in the picture. We collected about 50 liters of aged water in canisters and buckets to be used in the new tank along with the matured filters of the old tank so no "cycling" would be required.

The new tank next to the old one to make sure that the dimensions calculated are the correct ones. Johnny who was responsible for the aquascaping is making the final adjustments.

After the fish were removed in plastic beakers (see photo below) the tips of the Hygrophila corymbosa plants were cut to produce new plants. The Anubias were cleaned from any algae which had grown on their leaves and the plants were carefully removed to avoid damage of their roots and placed in buckets.

The discus hardly enjoying their stay in the plastic beakers. However they were all stressed as little as possible.

Almost all the gravel was removed from the old tank which is shown here empty, waiting to be carried to its new location.. you will see more in a future article.

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