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Old 10-23-2013, 02:16 AM   #1
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56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium


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56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

I have been working on a new riparium planting. I decided to do a new kind of riparium planting in my 56G column tank. I had a hillstream riparium planting in that tank previously...



I have used most of this same planting, but I changed the tank over to a blackwater setup more or less representative of a Sarawak forest swamp. I combined white pool filter sand with magnolia leaves to create this effect.

I already have two fish species that I believe to occur together in that kind of habitat in the wild: 1. Betta schalleri 2. Brevibora dorsiocellata. The bettas are really cool and I have two pairs of them. This is a betta that is unlikely to get into bad fights and this small group has been getting along peacefully. The bettas are very shy, but the eyespot rasboras are small and peaceful enough that I think they will be good companions for them. I still have the rasboras in another setup while they grow up a bit larger.

Here are a few set up shots.







I do have some nice plants in there. Here is a quick list...
  • Iguanura tenuis
  • Licuala paludosa
  • Pandanus pygmaeus
  • Pilea grandifolia
  • Bolbitis heteroclita
  • Schismatoglottis sp.
These species are not necessarily Sarawak plants, but they combine well to create the general look of the margin of a tropical swamp.




I'll have some more shots on the way. Thanks for reading.

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Old 10-23-2013, 03:05 AM   #2
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Nice!
Pics of your Bettas?
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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Thanks. I will try to get pictures of the fish. I will have to set up the camera and flash ahead of time and sneak up on the tank because they are extremely skittish. They do come of front though when I'm not in the room. They colored up real nice when the water started to take the stain from the magnolia leaves.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:30 AM   #4
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Hydrophyte, you're killing me man! This is exactly what I want to do someday! Wild-type bettas and rasboras! Awesome awesome and more awesome like all of your setups.

Can't wait to see how this turns out, subscribed!
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I'd love to get some betta smaragdina! I have an almost black water Betta sorority at the shop, but they're splendens so they're too aggressive to share with the more peaceful wild type Bettas.
You're making me want to set up another tank and go rip!
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Hydrophyte, you're killing me man! This is exactly what I want to do someday! Wild-type bettas and rasboras! Awesome awesome and more awesome like all of your setups.

Can't wait to see how this turns out, subscribed!
Thanks so much!

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I'd love to get some betta smaragdina! I have an almost black water Betta sorority at the shop, but they're splendens so they're too aggressive to share with the more peaceful wild type Bettas.
You're making me want to set up another tank and go rip!
A riparium like this with a lowered water level is especially good for species betta...
  • They like the overhanging foliage.
  • Bettas don't need so much water volume.
  • A setup like this has proportionally more footprint and water surface area for the fish to use.
  • The high glass sides prevent jumping from tank.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:20 AM   #7
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I cleaned the tank the other night and here are some more recent photos. The stained water look really great with the 5,000K PAR 38 lighting.



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Hi again. Here is probably the best shot I got the other night. I'll work on getting a new shot with fish in it.

I can also soften that straight shadow cast by the tank center brace by shining a CFL light in at an angle.



Here is the PAR 38 LED lamp. This cheap clamp light fixture is pretty light and flimsy for this heavy bulb, but I was able to secure it better with some electrical tape and several zip ties.

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I'm working on this thing again. I just cleaned it out a bit and I'll get more pictures after the water clears. I am trying to add more decorations so that the bettas will come up to the front more where I can see them. They are very shy.
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Frankly, Devin, that just looks incredible. I wouldnt change a thing!!
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Here's a quick picture. I stuck a piece of driftwood in there on the left side and a couple of bettas started to hand out next to it right away, but the stump just looks like a dark blob in this photo.

I wonder about trying something else, such as coconut hides.

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Frankly, Devin, that just looks incredible. I wouldnt change a thing!!
I have to agree, it looks great
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I have to agree, it looks great
Thanks. I haven't changed much. I do still need to add more decoration up at the front so that the fish will come out of hiding.
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