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  1. I keep many small aquariums in my apartment, mostly Walstad-style, with organic soil from a local composting spot. I enjoy running really stable ecosystems. These photos don't show much of the fish and shrimp. I also keep some outdoor tubs here in Vermont. Cheers, Jason
  2. Gonna live update a tannins tea tinting of my 125G. Will not be checking comments or doing further research until finished just using plan I came up with. Don’t have any idea how this is gonna go but… starting tank ive got 1 Indian almond leaf for every 10G =12 1 alder cone for every 20G = 6 and 1 white oak acorn cap for every 20G =6 Got approximately 1G water to a boil with caps and cones then added IAL folded them into high boil stirred 2 minutes turned heat down to 3/4 letting simmer 20 minutes
  3. I added a lot of IAL to my betta tank when he was acting strange. The betta is doing better, but I never had any lighting other than a plant light over the next tank over. Now the water is very dark and the blue betta is just a black silhouette unless he is very close to the front glass. The plants all look black too, which makes it hard to find the betta when I am doing a head count on that tank. What sort of light would you recommend for my 10 gallon, blackwater betta's tank?
  4. I’ve been doing a lot of research on blackwater tanks recently, it’s my latest rabbit hole. I find these tanks to be darkly beautiful and they can be very beneficial to fish health and happiness. The natural feel is so calming and intriguing I think it pulls me in closer to see every detail that’s hidden in plain site. We have become so used to water in tanks being crystal clear for viewing and the stigma of that’s the only way to keep fish healthy. I’m currently in process of darkening my 125G tetra tank, I like to call it darkwater not black because I don’t wanna go that deep so I can keep more plants than a normal blackwater tank would be able to have. So let’s go to the dark side, what are ways to darken blackwater tanks? I’m currently using driftwood, Indian almond leaves, Adler cones, and rooibos tea bags. I have on order to use more driftwood, oak acorn cups, and lotus seed pods. I also plan to get some peat moss to add in a HOB as well. I seen @Gator mention using this in his canister filters, would love to hear more about this. Please include pics if you can. Mines not as dark as I will keep it yet been slowly darkening it up over last couple weeks.
  5. I have a question for the brain trust: Many egg scattering species seem to gravitate towards plants when spawning. Whether it's because they provide cover or an area likely to house first foods for their fry, the attraction to plants can be almost magnetic. What I've been wondering lately is what the equivalently attractive spawning site would be for species that live in tannic water without submerged vegetation. Take cardinal tetras for example. What do they want to scatter their eggs over? Leaf litter under the cover of a fallen branch? Do they burrow into leaf litter or loose substrate? I suspect that many black water species would happily spawn in vegetation if given the opportunity but I'm still curious, what structures can we recreate to simulate a natural spawning site? Thanks in advance.
  6. Ok. I have a 52 gal 36 wide 12 front to back and 24 high. I'm looking to make this a blackwater tank. 3 to 5 discus and a few others. Maybe a small army of pigmy cory 10 or more. I want this tank to be pretty dark. Would someone well versed in blackwater tank give me a checklist? Interwebs has been pretty convoluted on what I will need. I have the tank,stand, air pump and light at this point. What else do I need? Filtration? Substrate? I know I'll have drift wood and anubias to attach to said wood. If I put ADA in, can I have cardina shrimp? Feel add anything you might think I need. I also have other black water questions in the forums
  7. I wanted to try and do a blackwater community tank just because I haven't seen too many videos on it. I saw someone local was selling a betta mahachai pair and I already was planning on getting some chili rasboras and I have 3 black venezulan corydoras. I was thinking of doing a blackwater setup with fluval stratum, capped with sand, some plants, and sponge filter. Probably going to have lots of driftwood and possibly some river rocks. Would a pair of betta mahachai, 10 chili rasboras, and 3 black venezualn corydoras be good in a 20 gallon?
  8. Heyo! So I'm currently in the process of starting a 20G Blackwater Tank (It's a UNS 60U if this helps with dimensions and things like that) It's 23.6in L x 14.2in W x 14.2in H. Just like the title says, I'm aiming for the PH to be about 5.0-5.5 which is to suit the best needs for the stocking I've got so far on a list and I'm 100% intending on keeping. So I'm looking for a bottom dwelling/scavenger species and maybe a top dwelling if I could fit them in. all suggestions are welcome! Current list so far: -4 Tweediei Licorice Gouramis (parosphromenus tweediei) (going to be a pair after I figure out which ones pair off once they age a bit more) 7-8 Dwarf Glass Fish (GYMNOCHANDA PLOEGI) Ideas I have: -6-7 Marble Hatchet Fish -4 Dwarf Anchor cats or 6 Pygmy Cories of some species I'm undecided on yet Plants: Salvinia Natans, Java Fern Windelov, Water Lettuce (temporary), and a Crypt or 2 of some species.
  9. Hello! I have a 10g blackwater with a king betta and 4 neon tetras. In my 75g, I have dwarf gourami's and a sorority of female bettas. I was wondering, can I add a few sparkling gouramis to my 10g blackwater? If I needed to I would put the tetras into my 75g. Thanks!
  10. Gonna start a black water tank with a bunch of tetras. Any one have any experience? My water is about 8.0 PH and liquid rock out of the tap.
  11. I plan to rebuild my 20 gallon tank. I finished it several years ago before I had a lot of planted tank knowledge, and it's showing. Lots of different types of algae, difficult to clean in most spots, and in general not very pretty to look at. The amazon sword propagates like crazy in the water column. I have already transferred ~8 pounds of it to other tanks or back to my local fish store! It didn't help that the tank was next to a window (I know, very dumb idea). I'm tired of looking at its current configuration after a few years, so I want to give this tank a proper glow-up! Right now, I am keeping neon and ember tetras (~15 total), 2 panda corydoras, 2 Schwartz's catfish, and a male crown betta (he had to be rescued from a leaking tank, but he was doing so well in the community that I kept him in!). Leave your plant, hardscape, substrate, etc. suggestions below (visuals would be cool too!). The only restriction to keep in mind is that I will not be using a CO2 setup. The most liked/upvoted idea after a week (09/20/2020) will be chosen! I will share pictures of the final result once I can collect the materials and put it all together. I am a big fan of the jungle look, but any setup style is welcome!
  12. I added the first fish to the tank. Three Vin Rio Tetras. I'm hoping to get more when my LFS can. It's a 75 gallon tank and has been seasoning since the beginning of May. I'm planning to add more botanicals back in to darken the water again. Next up out of QT will be a group of Lemon Tetras.
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