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    Need pointers for a 80gal planted discus tank

    Have had this tank now for about 5 years, I go back and forth between discus and angels, have better luck with angels. Even now when adding new fish my others seem to get stressed and I have to medicate, get them settled and go through it all again if I add any new fish. I need to get some water specs from someone that has been doing this for some time.

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    Why do you have to medicate?
    What temp do you keep the water?
    Is your tank NOW planted or are you going to convert it to planted?
    What fish do you have NOW that will get STRESSED if you add more fish.
    What kind of dither fish do you have in the tank.
    Actually, what is your stock list?

    Most fish can ADJUST to MOST water params within reason, even discus, as long as the conditions are STABLE.
    Medicating a tank often does not provide stability.
    What are your water params, I bet they would be fine as long as you keep them stable and do frequent large water changes, like at least 30-40 gallons per week in one single water change, not changing 5 gal per day for 4 days.
    Of course RO would be BEST, but Tap will work JUST FINE also.
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