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Kworker 07-23-2012 08:22 PM

The Blackwater-build jam session
 
So I got the idea from a combination of a reef forum doing it with nano tanks and seeing a decent amount of people on here are deciding to do 29 Blackwater setups.

This isnt a contest but just a show thread of what people have done and to share ideas.

Although on the other forum they established rules, I don't see any really needed.. except the tank can't be cycled before the date July 23rd 2013 and after let's say Sept 2012 just to ensure all tanks are from around same time.
open budget and open tank size although to me anything under 40gals is optimal since most people won't be looking to start one over that

Here is what's needed if you would like to do it:
- a plan of your build which biotope if any.
- tank size/volume, filtration, lighting, etc
-stocking ideas and plants (if any)
- your budget, it's of course whatever you decide to spend but document it for the books and people to reference too :)
- the goal of the tank


Participants:

Kworker




The tank is going to be a standard 29 gal with one fluorescent tube, it is currently set up a different way but is being moved and redone to this. It will be moved due to a large reef tank taking it's place. my goal is to try and make it appear a piece of nature was placed into the tank. I want to stick with species that are found in Blackwater southeast Asia.This is going to be mildly difficult because so far all I've seen I want for Blackwater from Asia needs more space. I plan to have the tank rearranged and started by mid august.

My budget is within $100usd because most of the needed stuff, I already have.
Tank- have already (can be $29 at dollar a gal)
Light- have already (got with tank decade ago)
Stand- have already (got with tank decade ago)
Filter- currently have aquaclear50 which can be had for $30usd
Substrate- currently red/black flourite but may switch (its $20 a bag)
Plants- various crypt species and some vals that are already in the tank.
Driftwood- free-50ish .going to be lots of top to bottom hopefully getting some manzanita but if I can do some DIY with oak/maple it would be best.
Fauna- defiantly some kuhli loaches, a gourami of some sorts and unsure of rest most likely dwarf rasbora.

kamikazi 07-23-2012 08:43 PM

Perhaps what you are looking for is this thread. Its a showcase of blackwater tanks. So far only a few examples, but the thread has only been up for a week.

Kworker 07-23-2012 09:18 PM

Nope, idea of this thread is to make it become more informational and possibly friendly contest of who can make what, possible poll at some point. Almost like a Blackwater pimp club ;P

Pooky125 07-23-2012 09:54 PM

Mine doesn't totally have the black water look to it yet, though it will be in a few months once all the plants are established a little better... And it was started about a month before your deadline, though I'm fairly certain it isn't cycled yet. Still count?

Equipment
*25(ish) gallon shallow square (picked it up on Craigslist for a a bag of sour skittles and a framed photo of Betty White, so, 3 bucks for the skittles?)
*3 18" t8 bulbs that desperately need to be replaced (free for now)
*300 GPH marineland 1140 powerhead with some pantyhose stuffed with filter floss wrapped around it to act as a sponge filter (free, old projects)
*200 watt heater set to 82 degrees (though the tank only measures out to 78) (free with tank)
*Substrate of Miracle Grow Organics Choice Potting Mix, and capped with Quikrete Medium All Purpose Sand. (8 bucks for the sand and soil)
*IAL leaf litter (6 dollars for a gallon bag shipped)
*locally collected driftwood and rocks (free)

Flora
*Java Moss
*Windelov Java Fern
*Bolbitus
*Crypt Wendtii
*Amazon Sword
*Anacharis
*Rotala Green
*Pothos (sticking out of the top, nitrate sponge)
*Lucky bamboo (also sticking out of the top acting as a nitrate sponge)

Fauna
*RCS colony (9 now, but one berried female, and 2 more that should berry up any day now)
Planned Fauna
*6 Chocolate Gouramis
*10 Pygmy Cories

And a few fairly recent pictures (though I need to take some more in a day or two after the recently trimmed Anacharis is visible again)
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...mage_11-10.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...Image_36-1.jpg

The rest of the images can be seen in it's Journal below.

tomfromstlouis 07-23-2012 11:00 PM

Not sure my new setup really qualifies since I had not thought of it as a blackwater setup, but since the driftwood tannins are making it look that way now and the principal inhabitants will be P. altum, I guess we could include it here. The tank is cycling right now, so the date is right too.

220g with angelfish, rummynose tetras, some shrimp and other cleanup crew undecided.

This is my chance to grow some swords, so Echinodorus martii will be the primary background plant. Crytocoryne balansae, java ferns, some bolbitus, smaller crypts, probably some mosses.

This picture is before any plants:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...ewithwater.jpg

Filtration is two Eheim 2080 Pro 3. Stand is custom http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=182000 . I am not tracking costs too closely - she might ask and I do not want to know the answer - but it is easily over $2000 including the altums.

Beautiful tank pooky.

Kworker 07-23-2012 11:20 PM

Nice tanks, tom where were u when I was in st Louis and posted a thread up here trying to see what LFS to visit haha would of loved to stop into somewhere just didn't find any

kamikazi 07-24-2012 03:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pooky125 (Post 1954306)
*25(ish) gallon shallow square (picked it up on Craigslist for a a bag of sour skittles and a framed photo of Betty White, so, 3 bucks for the skittles?)

You traded sour skittles and picture of betty white for a 25 gallon!?!? Was the tank's previous owner a horny old man with a sweet tooth? I mean I can understand the sour skittle part those things are my favorite but I'd go with 8 bags of skittles and leave out the betty white photo.

Tank looks great btw, if you don't mind post the full tank shot in the blackwater tank showcase thread in the aquascaping section of the forum.

Pooky125 07-24-2012 04:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kamikazi (Post 1954779)
You traded sour skittles and picture of betty white for a 25 gallon!?!? Was the tank's previous owner a horny old man with a sweet tooth? I mean I can understand the sour skittle part those things are my favorite but I'd go with 8 bags of skittles and leave out the betty white photo.

Tank looks great btw, if you don't mind post the full tank shot in the blackwater tank showcase thread in the aquascaping section of the forum.

Evidently! Initially he wanted half a bag of sour skittles, half an order of gas station nachos, and a framed photo of betty white, but I negotiated it down. The gas station in question was on the opposite end of town, and I wasn't going to eat half of either.

I just took new full tank shots tonight, I can definitely drop one in the blackwater showcase thread, though I just trimmed it yesterday, so it's looking pretty hacked up.


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