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Our New Discus Tank - II

by George J. Reclos

One of the Cryptocorine plants is being added in the new tank. This plants was grown from a small part (less than 5 cm long) which was kept in the 55 liter tank for several months.

After the old gravel was in place, approximately 20 Kg of pre-washed and desinfected sand was added on top (discus won't dig). All the Malaysian trumpet snails we could find in the old tank were removed in the new tank. Normally the water became muddy. In fact Johnny had a hard time to see where he was adding the plants but we decided that both the fish and the plants would have to be added the soonest possible to reduce stress and / or possible damages.

Johnny holding the Microsorium pteropus "Windelov" which he grew attached on a bogwood. Sometimes I wonder how much this stuff would cost in a petshop...

A couple of hours later the water had become considerably more clear so it was time to make the final adjustments in the aquascape before finally adding the discus. Once the fish were added no more work in the tank would be allowed for 24 hours to avoid unnecessary stress to them. Discus are sensitive fish and a hobbyist should take such things into account when preparing a tank.

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