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post #571 of 614 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome! Be sure to picky pictures of it? Have any more details on your setup yet?
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That angel was super dark so maybe D/D, which makes them a little weaker than a fish with one or no dark genes.
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That angel was super dark so maybe D/D, which makes them a little weaker than a fish with one or no dark genes.
interesting!
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Awesome! Be sure to picky pictures of it? Have any more details on your setup yet?
I don't yet... it is not planted yet... I tried but it is a 38 column and the light was not strong enough to reach the baby plants from the LFS. I have an RAOK shipment coming in the mail this week and will start with that. So the tank setup at the moment is:

38 gal column
marineland Penguin 350 biowheel
marineland heater and an airstone

flourite, argonite
large driftwood looks like a root
large fake fern soon to be replaced by:
amazon swords
giant hairgrass clumps
brazilian elodea

Will get some frogsbit and maybe some vals if they fit the biotope.

Inhabitants at the moment are 8 blackskirt tetras and a 3 year old brown pleco (who may not fit the biotope, i can't really find out want specific species he is... but he is old and has lived here a while so if he doesn't fit, I will let it slide and when he is gone get something that does)
Joining them down the way will be 8 rumynose tetras and 3 apistogrammas (2 female one male)

I have large oak trees in my front yard and all around my neighborhood so I am gathering leaves now to get set up for introducing the tannins. I want to wait to get it going until it is planted in case I accidentially make it too dark I will post pics in a thread and link it here for your viewing pleasure when I get it up!

Thanks again! And I thought you were cheated in the AGA competition. I did like the lighting from the back in the other blackwater and may steal it as I don't have a black background yet. We will see

What do you think?
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sounds really cool! yep, get those oak leaves let them dry before you add them. they will float for a day maybe then sink.

thanks about the competition! i had a backdrop i used for the picture, what do you mean by lighting the back?
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sounds really cool! yep, get those oak leaves let them dry before you add them. they will float for a day maybe then sink.

thanks about the competition! i had a backdrop i used for the picture, what do you mean by lighting the back?
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It really showcases the tannins in the water. It said he used black cotton fabric for the background too. I think that is a good idea, may try it in mine. I am thinking putting some wire mesh in and attaching the fabric (cleaned several times and dechlorinted of course ) so it looks more natural. Maybe gray would work too. Maybe make it look kinda crunched up and rocky to hide the heater and filter. Humm...

I also have magnolia leaves which I hear are good. That is what seems to be in the natural habitat... Humm... Ideas are flowing today! They seem to be the best at night when I should be studying but browse PT instead

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I cant see the picture.

Sounds cool though!

I have a magnolia tree. Never thought about those leaves
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I cant see the picture.

Sounds cool though!

I have a magnolia tree. Never thought about those leaves
Dang it! It worked last night! Here is the link: http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2011/show398.html

I hope that works! I just planted the tank today (thanks RAOK Club founder RobertH!) and will start a thread as soon as it gets settled Snowing here now! It is nice to have a little amazon vacation in my spare room

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This is my personal favorite tank I've seen all across the internet!

And I youtube and google blackwater aquariums daily!
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This is my personal favorite tank I've seen all across the internet!

And I youtube and google blackwater aquariums daily!
thankyou very very much! this really means alot to me
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This aquarium seriously is my favorite and it has inspired me to finally take that blackwater leap with one of my column aquariums!

I got Indian Almond Leaves, changed from gravel to pool filter sand, removed my plants (but left some floating ones for now), got manzanita & malaysian driftwood (one more tall branchy piece on the way), and the stock is 2 angelfish, 8 rummies, 1 BN, 5 common hatchets & rams are coming.
I guess not exactly an authentic biotope from any of region, due to the almond leaves of course, but still I'm in the process of converting it to blackwater.

If the leaves don't do the trick shall I use more Blackwater Extract or peat filtration? I thought bout peat but would rather not. I am not using carbon though cause I know that can remove tannins.
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well thankyou very much!

awesome! cant wait to see it! definitely you have to post pictures! youll love the hatchets, as long as they have a lid!!

im sure the leaves will do the trick! i feel ya on the leves,m i used oak leaves instead of IAL. but either one will give you nice dark water, especially with the addition of the DW!
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thought id upadate... everything is going good, nothing to report really.
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thought id upadate... everything is going good, nothing to report really.
don't you mean well? 'everything is going well'
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