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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2016, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Southeast Asian Blackwater Biotope (20 Long)

I've created what I think closely represents that of a Southeast Asian blackwater stream environment. It consists of manzanita wood, a large dead vine to mimic that of finer tree roots, as well as an abundance of broken up almond leaves, coarse dark sand, and some rocks. The wood is filled with tannin-stained fungus/algae that I think makes it feel more natural. I feel the only thing missing are some floating plants, and would love some recommendations.

The water is fairly acidic at around 6.2 and lighting is very dim from a Fluval Aquasky LED fixture. I won't be dosing any CO2. Think I can get away with any plants? I apologize for the blurry photos as they were taken on my iPhone in the dark.




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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2016, 01:50 AM
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Southeast Asian Blackwater Biotope (20 Long)

Java Fern, Anubias and low-tech plants like that you may be able to get away with although those would probably do better towards the top of the tank. Since this is a biotope, Bucephalandras and Java Fern are the ones I can think of (Anubias species aren't from SE Asia). Maybe Cryptocorynes but it may be a bit too dark.
Can't think of any SE-Asian floaters right now.
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Nice, you should get a wild betta in there like B. rubra.

If you want plant, an asian moss would survive low light. Try Salvinia Natans for floating plant.
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Thank you for the suggestions. The wife is at work tomorrow so it will give me time to hunt for some plants.

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Great-looking tank! I'm sure that you've found plants already, but if you're looking for a floater, try either a dwarf lily (they grow fast and put up tons of lilypads if you let them) or the old classic, hornwort, it's quite adaptable and can be found either native or invasive almost everywhere in the world.

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