my discus tank 2m x 700w x 700h

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    so I thought I will do a thread on my first love lol, dimensions are 2000 l x 700b x700 h made of 15mm glass fully polished, has 2 over and under skim overflow boxes,
    filteration is a350litre sump, has 2 x 500w heaters set at 30.5 deg, a 6000l /h return pump, this is the tank that started it all for us in the Discus hobby, we started with 2 t5 units ,silica sand some plants and dw, after a while all the plants and moss melted, we had little white worms swimming around which I believe came with the silica sand,
    we had so many problems when we initially started this tank, We started with 4 juvies then over the next few months we added over 30 Discus to this tank, we made a lot of mistakes which cost us a lot of fish and money, we lost fish to stress, hole in the head, internal parasites and bad feeding habbits, we then decided to go completely bb on this tank with just dw, still doing weekly 25 percent water changes , however we still lost fish, then he decision to remove the dw came in, I believe dw can carry a lot of bacteria and probably will never use it in a discus tank again, I then changed my feeding habbits, from only feeding blood worms and tetra discus bits, I cut out the bloodworms and now feed 3 to 4 times a day, I feed tetra bits and beefheart mix that I make, we now only left with 14 discus in this tank, and they seem to really be growing well , not the biggest but most are about 15 -17 cm with the smallest at 12cm, I do 500l water change on Wednesday and 500l on sundays every week, here are some pics, tank has been running over a year now stable with no losses, here are some pics

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    this is how the tank looks now, not A grade stock and a lot of mutts lol but I still love them DSC_0008.JPG DSC_0239.JPG DSC_0241.JPG DSC_0242.JPG DSC_0245.JPG DSC_0399.JPG DSC_0401.JPG DSC_0403.JPG IMG-20160222-WA0010.JPG
     
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    so one of the biggest mistakes I made was buying fish from Pet shops, most of them died and were not healthy at all,
    so I got in contact with one of the discus masters in Sa, he did a Tan shipment, I ordered 3 cobalts and 2 snakeskin blue diamonds, this was a trial for me to try and raise them. I must admit they are gorgeous, active and always hungry, my only mistake was not taking more, but I plan to get atleast 20 more if there is another shipment in futre, these babies are growing out in a 180l custom tank, internal sump, with a dual sponge filter and an airstone, they fed 6 times a day, with benkers and my home made beefheart mix, they are to be grown out and I plan to start a fish room, and hopefully have nice enough stock to try and breed them, but will not be for sale, I plan to have a nice big collection and hopefully in a few years I can get some wilds, in this tank I do 50percent water change everyday, water is aged in a big tank and heated so I have no issues,
    here are some pics and hopefully in a few months I can do a thread on my fish room DSC_0417.JPG DSC_0425.JPG DSC_0426.JPG DSC_0427.JPG DSC_0428.JPG DSC_0439.JPG DSC_0440.JPG DSC_0441.JPG DSC_0442.JPG
     

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