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Grimbil
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)15:37    Post subject: A Fun Question Reply with quote

OK, let's say money is not an issue.....what would be your ideal setup for a 50 gallon planted discus tank? What equipment would be the best and where would you get it?

No, I'm not saying that I'm going to be dropping mad $ on my tank, but I'm curious what the best of the best could be....
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Steve Hampton
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Joined: 05 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: 2005.05.03(Tue)5:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would purchase a good R/O unit so that I could control my water quality for my discus tank. I'd add an Eheim external filter, and a CO2 injection system with external reactor and pH controller. For making these purchases, online is usually by far the cheapest route unless you have a longtime relationship with an owner of a LFS and they sell to you at or slightly higher than the online price.
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Marcos Avila
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PostPosted: 2005.05.03(Tue)7:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, if money wasn't an issue I wouldn't even be considering a 50 G as a Discus tank...it's just too tight. I'd rather invest the money in a 100 G or better for a Discus tank, or make a really high tech 50 G, but not for Discus...
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featheredarms
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PostPosted: 2005.05.04(Wed)4:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as long an $ is no issue, I think a setup like

http://www.mongabay.org/fish/images/big_tank.jpg

this would be lovely!
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Trill the man
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PostPosted: 2005.05.04(Wed)7:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Werhay, now thats an aquarium Shocked . I'd have to agree with you on that one, though I'd use some of the umlimited
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PostPosted: 2005.05.04(Wed)12:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definately use metal halide lights over power compacts if I had the cash, not because they're any better for plant growing (that I know of, I could be wrong) but because the effect of the light originating from a specific point produces a much more natural effect than light that originates from all above the plants. The shadows cast are stunning and the ripples in the water produce ripples in the light as well.
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