Welcome to the Second Edition
of the DPH Tank Project.
My name is Davis Gailitis.
I have been kindly asked to help out with the DPH Tank project and pass on
some of the knowledge and experiences I have learned along the way in
keeping a planted Discus tank. I view this as a great privilege and honor
and will endeavor to help as many as I can in future installments to this
A little about my current setup:
I have a 100 gallon fully planted Discus tank set up that has been
running for almost a year now.
The occupants of the tank are:
- 5 Adult Blue Turq/Red Turq crossed Discus
- 25 Amano Shrimp
- 2 Panda Corys
- 2 Golden Spotted Ancistrus
- 2 Ottos
- 2 Rams
If you would like to see the beginnings of this current setup you can
view it from these links:
tank setup 1
Tank Setup 2
The above article is also a "how-to" on how to plant a tank
using gravel and sand as a substrate. I will be using this same method
when re-aquascape my tank next month for this project. I would like to
take you through creating a planted tank from the very beginning.
The reasons I am starting from square one again is that my current
setup has many small problems that I wish to correct. One of them being
that my Discus do not have enough room to move around in! I only found
this out when I moved my 5 Adult Discus into the tank from a Bare Bottomed
tank that they were growing out in.
I also found out that due to where I planted some plants it made it
very difficult for me to prune them correctly! For example: Do not plant a
large Sword plant in the corner of your tank behind a couple of others! It
is almost impossible to prune the back leaves in the corner because you
can not see what you are doing! Poor planning on my part created this
problem when I initially planted this tank!
These are some of the bits of knowledge I wish to pass on to you as we
go proceed with this project, along with many others.
A CALL TO ALL DPH TANK READERS!
Since the original "contest" between a salt tank and fully
planted discus tank ended when the salt tank owner quit the contest, I
would like to make this page a little more reader participatory.
So, a call to all readers!
Please send in any ideas you may have about what you would like to see on
this page in the future. Also, if you have any pictures of your planted
tank please send them in. I will be featuring them in a planted tank of
the month section:)
Best wishes to all and I hope we can have some fun with this!