View Full Version : Jim's 180 planted discus tank

10-28-2012, 09:05 AM
Hi, I'm Jim & I'm a fishoholic

I live in Chattanooga & couldn't find much about planted tanks or discus localy. I got some very good help from a couple members here, so thought I'd share what I did with their input.

This is what it looked like after a couple months

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6NfM1iSQUk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6NfM1iSQUk)
Pretty recent video of discus & my little reef tank

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6A6Ss-XJOU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6A6Ss-XJOU)
The discus waiting for the next meal! I have fattened up the little heckel cross. I was pretty upset when I received him, he was so skinny, much better now.
As you can tell I'm one of those that likes different kinds of discus in a display tank.

Here is a link to build thread on the discus tank

The little reef bubble tank is quite different if your into DIY check it out

It's hard for me to get to Atlanta very often, but would love to come to some of your meetings. I'll have to try to keep track of them & plan a trip.


10-28-2012, 10:04 AM
Its beautiful

10-28-2012, 05:58 PM
Very nice work!

10-29-2012, 08:36 AM
How did you make the cave look?

10-29-2012, 12:58 PM
Just selected rocks with a triangular ledge shape, did glue some small stones under to hold them up. The reason was I planed on getting an elephant nose fish & they like some cover. I ask my LFS if they could get one when I was ready. They got one before I was ready for it & by the time I was ready they had let him get very skinny. I tried to save him but he never did recover. I hope to get one some day if I see a nice fat one.

10-30-2012, 02:44 PM
I love it! That is one massive Apon. Does it flower for you?

10-30-2012, 08:05 PM
It is way way bigger now. It basically fills half the tank. Yes it blooms constantly, I remove them pretty much right away because of the pollen it leaves on the surface of the water. I heard most of them go dormant for a period. Do you know how often & for how long?

10-30-2012, 10:24 PM
That's awesome. I would love to see some more pics.

I don't know about the dormant period. I bet kwseiders does though... he's the plant guy in this club.

10-31-2012, 09:23 AM
Wow! what a great tank, nice shot of it too. Makes me want to start another project......

Larry Bugg
10-31-2012, 09:30 AM
The tank looks great Jim. Don't I remember that the little reef took an award?

10-31-2012, 10:00 AM
Hey Larry

Yes the bubble tank was written up in Reef Builders 3-4 weeks ago. FWIW it is for sale if any one is interested. I want to set up a tank for clowns & a largish anemone & only have room in the house for the discus & one salt water tank.

And Larry was a very big help getting my discus tank set up!!! Thank You again Larry!

I need to do the major weekly tank cleaning & plant pruning so I'll try to get some new photos after that.

10-11-2014, 11:21 PM
It's been a couple years & a lot has happened. My tank started to come apart! The silicone lost it's bond on the glass & sprung leaks. Long story short, I found a home for the discus & gave the tank away. Made me sick.

I had stumbled across paludariums (terrarium with a water feature) & decided to build one on the stand of the 180 fish tank.

The new tank has the same foot print, 60X30 & is 48" tall with 10" of water & a large stump. Not the run of the mill setup but thought some might like to see it.

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv100/fullmontitog/FTS9-19-14_zpsb94bc742.jpg (http://s673.photobucket.com/user/fullmontitog/media/FTS9-19-14_zpsb94bc742.jpg.html)

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv100/fullmontitog/FTS29-19-14_zpsec3e882c.jpg (http://s673.photobucket.com/user/fullmontitog/media/FTS29-19-14_zpsec3e882c.jpg.html)

Like the fish tank, this is also a peninsula setup. FTS from the living room & kitchen sides.

I miss my discus but really love this kind of tank. If anyone has a paludarium or knows of someone that does, please have them give me a shout. I'm pretty much on my own here & would love to have someone closish to visit with.

Here is a link to a rather long build thread on a frog/vivarium type forum where I learned a lot about this kind of tank. If you have any questions or comments feel free.



10-11-2014, 11:47 PM
Wow amazing!!!!!!
Where did u get that beautiful piece of wood?

10-11-2014, 11:53 PM
Wow amazing!!!!!!
Where did u get that beautiful piece of wood?

Thanks & http://manzanita.com/stumps/page1/page1.htm

I got lucky, he just posted some nice big pieces when I started looking for a stump. You can call & ask if they have a particular size or shape. I got all the branches from there too, just told him what I was looking for & he sent exactly what I needed.