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Bookshelf Blackwater - 12g Long

Fire bookshelf tank. 90cm Length x 25cm Height x 21cm Depth in 8mm low iron clear glass.
Hardscape - Malaysian Driftwood
Substrate - Natural river gravel
Co2 - Yes
Light - 90cm Up Aqua Pro Z
Plants - Low light slow growers; Anubias, Buce and small amount of Java Fern
Stocking - Various Rasbora's, Cherry shrimp

Set the tank up yesterday, its still a bit murky and from front on doesn't look to tinted I guess because it only 20cm deep.


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Very nice! What do you use for a filter and is there CO2 in there?
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Very nice! What do you use for a filter and is there CO2 in there?
Hi, thanks I am using a regular canister filter, I think its rated to about 700 L/PH, its a generic brand nothing fancy and yes run co2 via a inline atomiser, using one of these atomiser, I find they work well!

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What kind of pipes are those, inflow & outflow? I have a tank similar in height and been looking at some. Nice setup by the way.
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What kind of pipes are those, inflow & outflow? I have a tank similar in height and been looking at some. Nice setup by the way.
Thanks, they are cal aqua inflow and outflow, I forget what exact model but these are the smallest they do.


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Took some more photos today, water has cleared up can see thru the tank length ways now, much less hazy, perhaps a bit more tinted.


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The juxtaposition of this and your last scape is really cool. You used to have a high tech that was quite cool and now you have a simple “low tech” that we all love. Love these tank dimensions and your scaping skills.


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The juxtaposition of this and your last scape is really cool. You used to have a high tech that was quite cool and now you have a simple “low tech” that we all love. Love these tank dimensions and your scaping skills.


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Cheers, yes quiet a difference in style, really want to try something different and cut down on the time needed for maintenance


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This photo shows a truer representation of the light level and tannins, tho its always different from screen to screen and I edited this photo on my laptop, probably doesn't have the best display!

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Are you using anything other than the driftwood to get the tannins? I know eventually the wood will stop leaching tannins and youll have to use something else. They make chemicals you could use but ive never heard of anyone using them.

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Are you using anything other than the driftwood to get the tannins? I know eventually the wood will stop leaching tannins and youll have to use something else. They make chemicals you could use but ive never heard of anyone using them.
Also using almond leaves and alder cones, I wouldnt use any chemicals!


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I absolutely LOVE the minimalistic look, it's grand, which is one of the many reasons I chose to get a canister filter myself. No ugly HOB!!


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Here is a quick video from this evening, I forgot to add any audio... hope you enjoy.



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Tank is going well, tannins are looking great, plants are growing and no algae! Fish seem very happy also, loving this scape.


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Stunning again! You are talented.

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