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Blackwater low maintenance 75 gallon

I am finely starting to setup my 75 Blackwater biotope. Will be using all my plants from my 20 gallon .

Plants
Crypt wendtii green
Crypt wendtii tropica
Jungle vallisneria
Small anubis
And some moss on 2x2 screen just to have

Equipment
Marineland 75 gallon
Marineland led
Aqua clear 70 filter
Ehiem 200w heater
Pool filter sand
leaf litter"Igarape de Vida from tannin aquatics


Fish
Apistogramma agassizii pair
Otto
To be decided some kinda tetra
And Cory


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Looks good so far! Have you considered a background for the tank? Some vinyl, in my opinion, would look nice and is easy to adhere to the back of the tank.
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I have been considering a similar setup, if I can sell my parents on it. Watching eagerly.

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I am going to go get some black poster board to put on the back


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Glad to see others getting into the black water tanks. Mine is by far my favorite tank and probably the easiest to maintain. Why are you only getting one pair of apistos? You should be able to do at least 2 pair

Edit: Tannin aquatics is great stuff, but for leaf litter get local oak leaves as they last a lot longer.

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Glad to see others getting into the black water tanks. Mine is by far my favorite tank and probably the easiest to maintain. Why are you only getting one pair of apistos? You should be able to do at least 2 pair

Edit: Tannin aquatics is great stuff, but for leaf litter get local oak leaves as they last a lot longer.
The cost of the apisto can't hardly get them local to buy online it's like $60 And that's a lot for 2 fish

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The cost of the apisto can't hardly get them local to buy online it's like $60 And that's a lot for 2 fish

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Are open to a different subspecies?
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Ya I love all the apistogramma

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He is my male apistogramma aggizii the female didn't survive will have to order a few more

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This is the tank all the plants and fish are in till I get the 75 running

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Very nice, love having a blackwater tank.

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So I was out walking and came across this stump and saw a great piece of wood I could use . Looks like it hasn't been touching the ground and out of the water for a while . Went home and got my saw , the only thing that worries me is I saw some ants come out of it . I will soak it and power wash it hope it will be ok . Any suggestions like maybe a bleach soak

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I'd probably spend some time cutting away that flat end. Maybe use a hand saw to cut a couple wedge shaped chucks out and then use something like a dremel to take some of the obviously man-made cuts/angles out. The goal would be to make it look more like a jagged edge where is cracked and broke off the tree.

As far as prep goes, I'm not sure I would use a bleach solution unless I had somewhere to soak it multiple times afterward to remove any remaining. I'd go for plenty of hot water and a good soak,


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I plan on soaking it in a task can

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