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Old 06-20-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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90G Blackwater Tank (9/20 update)


Well I figured I might as well start up a tank journal to keep track of everything I'm doing as well as to show everyone else my take on a blackwater biotope.
My tank is a 90 gallon, with 20 long sump. It was originally an African cichlid tank:



But had always wanted to do a blackwater tank. So, after having success keeping African cichlids and having them breed like crazy, I revamped the tank. I'll try to get a better picture later with more light to show the whole tank:




It's got pool filter sand as the substrate, a nice piece of manzanita from Tom Barr (plantbrain), and a bunch of Indian almond leaves from Gordon Richards (gordonrichards). I wanted it to be a minimalist-type tank, so I'm still debating on whether or not I want to plant it: if I do, I will probably just do some floaters to have that nice canopy from above.

I'll be updating it with some more details here shortly.

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Old 06-20-2013, 12:07 AM   #2
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Here is the stocklist for the tank:

3 Angels
6 Rams (5 GBRs; 1 unknown --> maybe subdominant GBR male or gold ram)
15-18 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Amano shrimp

I just put the amano shrimp in the tank 2 days ago hoping that the angels and rams would ignore them so they could eat the brown algae fuzz off the driftwood and IALs, but haven't seen them past the 1st night. The angels' bodies are only slightly larger than quarters, and I got large amanos (~1.5") to try and avoid the problem, but oh well.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
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I just found a pair of GBRs spawning not too long ago, and made a thread about it here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=362257

You can check out a couple pics and read up about the pair I found and sneakishly yanked from the LFS (I bought them, but the new guy didn't know they were paired off)

I hope that a moderator can merge that thread with this journal; if not, I can copy and paste the thread over here and you can delete the thread afterwards. Just shoot me a PM and let me know, please.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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Well, it sure looks like a blackwater environment, which is to say it is hard to see anything.

Not sure how the amano shrimp will like the acidity. I had some survive a low pH, but they clearly prefer at least a neutral one.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
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The fuzz on the driftwood goes away after a while
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It isn't all that dark in person, but I can't get a good enough picture with the cell phone. The tank's pH is only slightly acidic at around 6.6; I've had amanos do fine in lower pH, so I think their only issue is staying away from the cichlids.

I know the fuzz will eventually go away, I'm just tired of having it make the sand look crappy.
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I adore blackwater tanks!
That driftwood is awesome.
I have a betta sorority at the office in a 20 gallon long that I would like to covert to a blackwater tank.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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Here's a lighter picture, but there is some glare from the back door ... maybe this is my cue to get a nice camera.

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The tank looks fantastic! What size is it?
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there is something ystical about a black water tank, but this is very well done! simple but good, amazing how often these coincide.
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The tank looks fantastic! What size is it?
Thanks for the compliments, everyone!

It's a 90 gallon tank.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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Thank you! Did you have to lower your pH? If so, how did you do it?
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My pH had been hovering around 7.4 after I put the driftwood in, so I put some Turface in my sump and it dropped it down to 6.5ish after a few days. The pH is back up above 7, now, so I may have to change the Turface.
If you don't have access to Turface, you can pre-treat your water with peat moss. There is a writeup somewhere (hopefully I can find it) where you just put some filter floss in the bottom of a bucket that has holes drilled into it, then peat moss, then pour water over it. The water you collect will have a relatively low pH. In my opinion, that is way cheaper than using RO water, but I'm not sure about how much better it is because the pH you get out can vary to some extent; you get better control with RO.
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Here's a link to that method I just described: http://www.marksfish.me.uk/index.php...Filtering.html

I'm thinking about putting some java fern in the tank, but I'm not sure where I want to put it. Maybe near the base of the driftwood on the right-hand side? Anyone else have any suggestions?
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:24 PM   #15
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I went ahead and reorganized the driftwood in the tank and added from NLJF and floaters to the tank. I think it looks better with the driftwood coming down from above rather from the sides.

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