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Blackwater Shallow

Hi guys. This is my blackwater shallow tank.

The tank is L.50cm x H.20cm x W.30cm 30 Litres, 8 Gallons

Equipment: diy oak light unit with 10watt led floodlight. 450litre per hour internal canister.

Fauna: 6x gold white cloud mountain minnows. Colony of 30 red cherry shrimp

Flora: Riccia, Java moss, Anubias Nana barteri. Rotala Rotundafolia, opened marimo balls, salvinia.

Nice and simple on this one.

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Tank is going well. Will ha e to take out some of the floating plants as they have doubled in number already since putting them in. Fish and shrimp are very happy though.
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Nice looks very clean. Some Bolbitis will look great in there and still an undemanding plant.

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Nice looks very clean. Some Bolbitis will look great in there and still an undemanding plant.
Great idea. I might pick some up today.
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I have two questions: What are the floaters and what do you have for a substrate?

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I have two questions: What are the floaters and what do you have for a substrate?
The floaters are salvinia tropica 1 2 grow and the substrate is silica sand mixed with a medium grained gravel for texture.


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Super dig the substrate combo. Looks very natural. After ditching my idea to have my next tank be salt water, it was down to a shelly cichlid tank or blackwater. Most likely going with the shellies, but your making me second guess my decision.
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looks great! somehow looks like a bigger scale than it really is as a kind of nano tank, very natural - good job!

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Super dig the substrate combo. Looks very natural. After ditching my idea to have my next tank be salt water, it was down to a shelly cichlid tank or blackwater. Most likely going with the shellies, but your making me second guess my decision.
I was also going to get shellies. But I love plants and I think all tanks should have them.
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looks great! somehow looks like a bigger scale than it really is as a kind of nano tank, very natural - good job!
I think I'm buying another one today to add a second tier lol.


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You can have plants in your shellie tank. I have plenty of Java Fern in mine and they really like them.

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You can have plants in your shellie tank. I have plenty of Java Fern in mine and they really like them.
Oh really?? Looks like I might be investing in ano there shallow tank than...haha


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nice tank, looking forward to its progress, do you have issues with the fish jumping since it does not have a cover?

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nice tank, looking forward to its progress, do you have issues with the fish jumping since it does not have a cover?
Not at all. I think the floating plants provide enough cover for them not to be spooked. I also like to think that they love their new home so have had no thoughts of suicide

Im due an update video at the end of this week which i will post here. Been some nice changes so far.


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Are you having any trouble with the Riccia in this low light setting? Also I think you could eke our 2-3 more white clouds if you wanted or a very small centerpiece fish.
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Are you having any trouble with the Riccia in this low light setting? Also I think you could eke our 2-3 more white clouds if you wanted or a very small centerpiece fish.
No, no trouble at all. In fact it's blooming. You will see in the next update.

I'm going to keep the current stocking level as I'm expecting fry from the white clouds and a large colony of the cherry shrimp.


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