29 Gal Amazon Biotope 'Blackwater Bog'
So i got a hand-me-down 29gal from a friend :P. Pondered for a few days about what i wanted to put in it.Then... I remembered about German and Bolivian Rams! While researching rams i came across tons of sweet info about these fish and other 'blackwater' fishes. I WAS SOLD.
So heres what im thinking... Authentic Blackwater Biotop... Tannins and all.
Heater: 1x Jager 300w
Filter: AC 70 w/ Pre-filters, bulk mechanical filter, Bag of Seachem Matrix, and bag of peat moss. [I might not use this filter as everything i read about the flora and fauna I've choose likes to still water. These filters seem to flow A LOT. I would rather find a canister and 'diffuse' the output with a PVC with holes drilled in it.
Co2: Not sure about the need?
Lighting: Not much.
#30 Silica Sand from Home Depot = $8.00/100lbs
Lots of natural bogwood, leaves, bark?, and rocks.
Silver Hatchet [Gasteropelecus sternicla]: 10-12 -- They tend to do better in larger groups.
German Blue Ram: AT LEAST 1 pair.
Tetras: Haven't settled on variety or amount. At least 15-20. I want a school.
Cories: Also haven't settled on variety or amount.
Seems like a lot of fish but they will all have their place and filter will handle bioload.
Depending on availability...
Amazon Sword [Echinodorus amazonicus]
Star Grass [Heteranthera zosterifolia]
Coontail [Ceratophyllum demersum]
Tape grass [Jungle Vallisneria]
CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVES
Seachem American Cichlid Salt
Kent Marine Black Water Expert
So essentially my plan is to cycle the tank [Obviously] with straight unconditioned tap water and a whole filter [AC70] that is in my Oscar set up. Then add the substrate. decor, and plants. Run for awhile so the plants can grow then add the Hatchets. Wait a week, add the Tetras. Wait a few weeks, add the cories. THEN if everything is going good for a few weeks add my cichlids.
I'm open to comments, suggestions, constructive criticism, or great ideas or places to find some of this stuff.
Last edited by Kaie; 02-24-2011 at 01:13 AM.