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moooreee pictures! floaters are multiplying wonderfully! and I got my red roots in! now to corral them into the right spots :P






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Very nice my friend! love the betta and the floaters. Props to breaking the misconception that bettas hate every other fish!

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Very nice my friend! love the betta and the floaters. Props to breaking the misconception that bettas hate every other fish!
with some careful trickery hes actually come to get pretty lonely when there arnt people around! I introduced him to the tank with kuhli loaches already in, and it was enough to teach him he could seek out food with them, and then we added in danios, which are too fast for him to catch and just well behaved enough that they leave him alone

as long as no one is pestering anyone! all is good!

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oh man long needed tank update! I liked all the sticks and all but now with the shadows it is feeling more and more grown in and the algae growth ads a lot of nice age to it. BUT having said that I did get some snails to help curb the CONSTANT diatom blooms lol
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oh man long needed tank update! I liked all the sticks and all but now with the shadows it is feeling more and more grown in and the algae growth ads a lot of nice age to it. BUT having said that I did get some snails to help curb the CONSTANT diatom blooms lol
Not to be too critical but if you used smaller fishes like noens or rasboras or anything really tiny it would make you tank feel HUGE!! I can see it now but the fish throw off the scale. Also neons actually come from black water areas like the amazon, do you dose anything to keep it dark? i think "ich attack" actually contains mostly the same type compound as tanins. They also sell a blackwater extract type thing but thats just my 2 about it conceptially, It looks great though. ^.^

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Awesome tank, I remember seeing it on my deviant art watch list. I've always wanted to do a blackwater tank with cardinal tetras, the way they appear in the light and almost completely disappear when they leave is really cool.

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Awesome tank, I remember seeing it on my deviant art watch list. I've always wanted to do a blackwater tank with cardinal tetras, the way they appear in the light and almost completely disappear when they leave is really cool.
yep! the biggest problem I have is im so freaking attached to my danios! Ive had them for three years now, not one death and they were my very first PT fish! and they have all sorts of battle wounds :P

Id love to get some neons or some teeny tiny feesh like endlers and really make the scape seem larger. Now if only there was someone to dump these platys on :P
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Looks great, I love the black water look, I just added a piece of wood in my 72 and I am going to have some pretty dark water for a long time to come I am sure.

My wife don't understand why I want black water, I tell he rlook at videos on youtube of the Amazon River or the Rio Negro, the most beautiful river in the world then ask me that, hahaha! I may have threw the whole look off though with my substrate.
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updates!

so yeah... getting rid of the platy pair and now im so tempted to try neons again. Though I wonder, any suggestions for reliable neon stock? Ive tried a few sources before and have failed each time :/ so I wonder, halp? good places to order from?

I mostly want to move to something calmer and smaller for the sake of the betta, I think he thinks they are too rowdy and to be honest, something smaller would be nice and delicate
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quick updates, replaced the platy with some neons! Ordered them from a place here in the USA that breeds neons that are a little more resistant to hard water so my hopes are high! So far too they seem rather brave and are cruising around the tank in a school.

Aside from that im just hoping I have better luck with this batch than my previous horrible batch ;-;

aaannd starting to wonder how many floaters I could cut back or what peoples thoughts on them were?
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Good move replacing the platies...livebearers in general do not like acidic water, which I am assuming is a must if you are going the blackwater route. I'm also planning a blackwater tank, but it will have a floor of leaf litter instead of sand and will use rainwater...if you can't tell I want the ph to be VERY low. The occupants would most likely be either wild bettas or licorice gouramis. Now that my rant is done...may your tank prosper!
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So u want your water this color ?
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So u want your water this color ?
I'll let the OP speak for himself, but yes, blackwater aquariums are meant to be that color. In fact, depending on what area is being represented, the water can be almost black like coffee.
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