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Open to ideas to fill my tank!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by H.Otte85, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. H.Otte85

    H.Otte85 Thread Starter New Member

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    Hi all! I just acquired a 180 gal tank complete with oak stand, 8-ish gal refugium, wet/dry filter for up to 300 gal, pre-owned previously salt tank. I'm not sure what to put in it. I have lots of time and initiative, but not a lot of capital to invest. I have been thinking about an octopus, but have also always dreamed of breeding discus. Previously, my largest tank was 29 gal and I've only cared for freshwater in the past. I do not like clown fish or chiclids or goldfish/carp-types. I'm open to ideas followed by detailed information on how to acquire and keep them.
    Thanks for the time!
     
  2. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Discus, definately do discus.
    I get mine from Oddball Pets who ordered directly from Hans (can't beat their prices)...and they do AND WILL ship!
    This is a link to their last discus sale--> http://www.oddballonline.com/discus_sale.html

    I'd go with the 2.5" and let them grow (saving you money for sure).
    As far as keeping them...it's not that hard ime.
    (*)Freshwater that's pretreated with a good dechlorinator each and every time you add water (I use Seachem Prime).
    (*)Low Ph (mine's steady 6.0 outta the tap)
    (*)Snuggly warm temperature heaterwise (85-86F is where I keep mine...BOTH adults and fry)
    (*)Water Changes- At least weekly in the minimum amount of 25%...more obviously being better)
    (*)Feeding...A quality varied diet of High Protein Food (I use Frozen Foods and Flakes)
    (*)Tank bottom being barebottom or a soft belly safe substrate such as Sand- they love to lightly blow it in search of food (I use pool filter sand).
    (*)Decor being optional, But they do like a nice Hiding Spot...whether it be A nice lush Sword Plant they can hide behind, or a patch of Vals (plastic plants work too, but if/when they become spooked they make run into them/through them and get scratches on their body).
     
  3. GREENTEAL52

    GREENTEAL52 Member

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    Be careful with the wet/dry if there not set up just right they will over flo. I have 2 salt set ups and change over to natural filters , also have a 55 gal brackish tank with natural filter a lot less maintenance on tanks . Planted tanks are so much more interesting to watch and keep. Planning to add mangroves next !!
     
  4. GREENTEAL52

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    I just upgraded to 220 gallon setup with triple halides and moved my fresh water set up to my 110 gallon , I had to move out my black damsel and blue Niger too aggressive for the other fish ,all is well thriving in both tanks