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I've removed a lot of plants because they just became so big and hard to manage. I'm thinking about adding 6 Discus, but not sure. I've read/saw another guy actually do it in a Walstad tank with no problems at all. He even said he didn't do any water changes except top off.

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Any one try Discus in a walstad? If so, did you start with adults or try raising them from 2" in size?

Setup
Tank - 48x28x24
Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix
15+ - Tetras
4 - Dwarf Gourami
1 - Otto (hard to find these in stock in my area)
75+ - Red Cherry Shrimp
6 - Zebra Danios
5+ - Ghost Shrimp
5 - Dwarf Orange Crawfish
1 - Harlequin Rasbora

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Nice, I really like it! I tried that MG stuff here recently and it did not go well. So I have to use a different soil.

I cant answer your question on the Discus, hopefully someone with experience will chime in.
 

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Thanks! Ya, I had to filter it through some screens a few times so that it was just the dirt... Also it took about a month to cycle and really set.
 

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I kept it in there for maybe about 2-3 months.. it actually grew. However, people recommended to take it out, so I did. I think one or two did die.
 

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If memory serves, they said that they would not survive in the long run and the ammonia that the dead bamboo produces would kill the fish - as that bamboo "would not survive submerged." I didn't want to risk it, so I took them out.
 

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No experience with walstad but I would never recommend not doing water changes. Sooner or later these tank crash more often than not. And if you don't want to do water changes, definitely go with adult. If you buy juveniles you really need to feed then a lot and quite often or they won't grow out to nice large discus. Adults need less food and thus your tank needs smaller/less water changes.

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Thanks. I don't mind doing the water changes. I'm more concerned with, if it is possible to raise the juvies in a planted tank. As what I'm reading most people say bare bottom.
 

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No problem in a planted tank but you need to do 2-3 50% water changes a week to keep the tank in perfect condition. Or you need to have peace with algae (BBA at least).

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Thanks. That's what I'll do! Time to prep the tank and give it a shot. I'll probably start sometime in December or January.
 
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