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Hello all, I’m joining this forum because I think my partner and mates are sick of me trying to talk their ears off about aquariums. I have been away from the hobby for a while but in the last six months or so I’ve been re-acquainting myself with everything - learning what former facts are now considered wrong, seeing the development of different tech etc. It’s been really fun to get excited about something I’ve always enjoyed since I was a kid. Right now I’m about to move house (rental to owning), so I’m mostly just scheming on my set-up, while maintaining the following: 

A) 250l cold water tank with two 5cm goldfish, hornwort, Aqua One Nautilus 2700 and sponge filter back-ups (and for future tank set ups)

B) 40l blackwater style tropical setup with 4 cherry barbs, 6 juvenile guppies, 6 WCMM, an Oto, and a mystery snail called Gary. That one has an Eheim 160, Java ferns, heaps of wood, vallis, crypts, frogbit, mosquito fern, duckweed - it’s technically overstocked but that was due to a tank emergency, and the water tests consistently perfect - in fact, I have to fert a lot to stop the plants starving themselves. 

my plan post-move is to move the tropicals to a 90l bookshelf low profile tank, then set up two 90l cubes with shell-dwellers and kribs respectively and try breeding some. With the goldfish on the bottom of a large shelving unit housing the whole lot

Anyway, I look forward to asking questions and learning from everyone. Thanks! 




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gorgeous blackwater tank...I love the look of plants in blackwater. Do you use botanicals or dose a blackwater extract directly into the tank water? 

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It’s all just natural tannins from the wood actually. The plants are doing such a good job keeping the nitrates down that I don’t have to do a lot of water changes so I guess that helps the colour stay nice and dark. I also love the black water aesthetic 👍🏻

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