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Old 07-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Blackwater tanks


I'm looking for inspiration for redoing my 29 gallon tank. Specifically I'm thinking of a planted blackwater tank, since I have plants I'd like to keep.

Is there an existing thread showing pictures of blackwater tanks? I searched but came up with nothing exclusivily blackwater.

Since there doesnt seem to be such a thread I propose that this becomes that thread.

So please post/share pictures and videos of your blackwater tanks here.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:05 AM   #2
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What is a black water tank?
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:14 AM   #3
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What is a black water tank?
Blackwater ponds, creeks, and rivers originate in the rain-forest. In the slow-moving waters, acids are leeched from decaying vegetation creating very transparent, tea-colored water. These waters have almost no measurable water hardness and an acidic pH.
The substrate in blackwater habitats is typically leaf litter over a base of fine clay or sand. Decaying wood and plant matter is common especially in flooded igapo forest. There are many submerged terrestrial plants, many of which retain most of their leaves.

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Old 07-17-2012, 03:17 AM   #4
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So the water is dirty on. Purpose? How do you do that in a tank setting?
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:20 AM   #5
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So the water is dirty on. Purpose? How do you do that in a tank setting?
It's not "dirty" as in bad for the fish, just filled with tannins. Here's a good article I found on making one: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...ent.php?sid=66
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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Maybe this thread would get more examples if it were in the aquascaping section. Perhaps a Mod could move this for me?
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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This is a good idea for a thread. I've considered doing these because I really like the look of tannin stained water. However I haven't seen any good examples of planted versions, and I don't know how well that would work. I sort of assume you'd need low light plants, but I'm not sure.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:11 PM   #8
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Nobody have blackwater tanks or folks just stingy with pictures?
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:05 PM   #9
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My girlfriend has a blackwater setup. 20 gallons. Not really intended to be. But the driftwood has leached tanins for about 5 months now. Lighting is an 8k LFL. Just a bunch of guppies she has accumulated and a colony of cherry and ghost shrimp, oto's and assasin snails. And a variety of plants just chunked in there. Ill post a pic if ya want
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:45 AM   #10
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here ya go!


DSC_0181.jpg by orchidman10, on Flickr


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top-down view


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side glass view


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another top-down shot


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happy couple!


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Old 07-20-2012, 12:58 AM   #11
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Not near as nice as orchidman's but my first tank since I was a little kid.



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Old 07-20-2012, 03:21 AM   #12
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sweet! thanks, keep them coming folks!

orchidman I like the top down views alot, my tank is open top and some of the wood will stick out, hoping it will look neat.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:33 AM   #13
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the side shot is my favorite! you can really see how dark the water is from all those tannins! i had to have a hood on this tank because of the hatchets
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:13 AM   #14
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Me gusta... I regret plants in my current 50 gal now :x

I originally wanted to make amazon bio but wound up with Asian plants but fauna is amazon based.. could always remove although would be waste of eco-complete :/

Orchidman love that scape ya got, how large is that tank btw
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:15 AM   #15
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Not near as nice as orchidman's but my first tank since I was a little kid.



I'd says yours is just as nice, i don't see why it wouldn't be. They're just different styles and they're both great. apples and oranges imo
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