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Old 07-23-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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12 gallon long Blackwater now not... lol


Updating with the most recent photo!
whooaaa! I moved offices and the tank needed a lot of work. The black water was fun and all but the amount of gunk that just CHUNKED through the filter was too much work to keep clean. Now that its clear water the filter is running a little better and we can turn it into a tank wall that me and my office mate can share!






Most up to date photo!
7/26







So I finally did it! got everything together and was going to make one long starter post!
so! without further ado!
specs!



Fugray 36" ( a little extra umph for the black water)
Eheim 2211
play sand bedding
Manzanita branches (and some others)
Indian almond, oak, and beech leaves!

feesh
5 pearl danios
1 male hm faded/ocular albino
6 kuhlis



simple enough right?

and some process pics!
I had some sketches to start with and decided I wanted something more thickly filled with brambles, much like spooky forest!
so i kept going












so aside from my tiny tiny pictures! im tempted to put a better center piece fish in the tank, Im trying out a pair of platys at the moment and while young and a little small for my liking they do strike well with the super bright orange/red.
thoughts? feelings?
these are the combos im thinking of
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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this is a perfect setup for a pair of apisto
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:36 AM   #3
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Looks good! Just make sure it doesn't look too symmetrical (I had that problem with my blackwater tank when setting it up).
I've got a few pairs of german blue rams in my setup and love watching them sift through the leaves and dig in the sand.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:47 AM   #4
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this is a perfect setup for a pair of apisto
I agree.. I would go Apistogramma hongsloi ii
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Looks good! Just make sure it doesn't look too symmetrical (I had that problem with my blackwater tank when setting it up).
I've got a few pairs of german blue rams in my setup and love watching them sift through the leaves and dig in the sand.
yeahhhh I think with more leaf litter soon it should break it up a bit more! but yeah, im not feeling the platys JUST yet, though they are chomping down on the driftwood fungus :P

suggestions are very welcome! as well as plant ideas, I was thinking some small anubias or something like cambodia to stick in small bundles just to add something unique, or at least something to pump the red color even more. green things just look black lol
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If you want to stay traditional plants would be, swords, hornwort, cabomba, stargrass and vals.
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If you want to stay traditional plants would be, swords, hornwort, cabomba, stargrass and vals.
they wouldnt have to be totally be traditional! there will be more leaf litter as the tank settles. Im just not totally leaning towards co2 because of money and space in my office.

ooo though, i was hoping the tank wouldnt be too small for apistos!
ee now im all excited hah
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:04 AM   #8
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Some people may disagree. But I think a 12 long is plenty room for a pair of apistos. As long as you don't keep to many other fish in there with them. Platys would lose their fry pretty quick. Maybe some small schoolers like neons of some sort with the apisto
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Also, you shouldn't need co2 with any of those plants i mentioned.
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doh! found out that those apistos are about 40$ :c hmmm... maybe something in the same family but of a more common variety? dah.. though they look so good!

Aside from that im digging into getting a dwarf lily,letting the pads reach the surface, and maybe look into some red crypts and some stargrass (if i dont crush it!)

decisions!
quick photo update of my fish, Anderson Cooper, hes enjoying the branches and perches right next to the computer screen.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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Easy plants, though the lily likes a bit of light. I have red and green tiger lotus to do the same along with the crypt wendtii mi oya. Those crypt grow like crazy, super easy plant. As far as cost go, sounds about right for an apisto with good color. The cockatoo might be a bit cheaper, but any of them with the Reds that are vibrant are gonna be about that same range. At least from sellers I've seen. There might be someone here on the forums that can get them to you at a better price. Also, that apisto I mentioned is known for blackwater in the wild just like your setup. Just double check your ph for any of the south American cichlids to be sure it's acidic enough for them.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:25 PM   #12
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Also, good looking fish in that last post. I barely ever see our beta, he stays under my son's bunk bed on his desk.. Too short for me to get under there much.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:25 AM   #13
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Default Blackwater with floaters

I've always loved these setups with floaters such as dwarf water lettuce, lilies, or lotus. The roots and green hue from surface leaves reflection really makes the tank punch.
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I see AmericanFlag Fish on your list, if they are anything like Florida Flag fish they are very aggressive
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:28 AM   #15
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I see AmericanFlag Fish on your list, if they are anything like Florida Flag fish they are very aggressive
ahh yeah thats what I hear, on the list but not probable :P

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oo! do post about them? id love to see the quality!
the triple reds im very interested in so...
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