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Cool Black water or not?

im thinking of putting some tetra blackwater extract into my main tank thought it would replicate my fish's natural life better and just look nice in general currently have ancistrs dwarf gourami's platy's and two african butterfly fish (still stocking up again on fish so sorry for lack of interest)
they are in a well planted tank with a large piece of drift wood and a sand subtrate is this a good idea also really apreciate pics of your blackwater tanks?


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im not really a big fan of blackwater but down to personal taste really i dont think it would be detremental to you stock

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I kinda thought I would like the blackwater look but it really just looked dirty and everyone thought my tank was gross! So do what you want and it's totally reversible with water changes anyway.


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I've looked into this a bit myself. Personally, I'd suggest an all natural alternative rather than go with some sort of liquid solution in a bottle. Look into indian almond leaves. I keep stumbling across these in threads regarding blackwater aquarium setups. They supposedly have some holistic characteristics about them and they also lower pH and hardness of the tank. There are a few eBay suppliers that offer them inexpensively for like $5 for 100 leaves.
I have also read that you can offset the tanins by running Purigen in your filter too. None of this advice is from first hand experience though so, look into it and THEN make your decision.
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Indian almond leaves protect against fungus I think, however ordinary oak or magnolia leaves can be used to great effect. Also a single piece of new driftwood can keep your tank dark for a while!


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+1 to AL's response. My tank was tinted brown for about 2 months because of the driftwood and this was after soaking it for weeks and running carbon in the filter. If you want the dark water just get some "new" driftwood.
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Yeah. I have dirt and manzanita wood, and even though I didn't anticipate it, I have quite a bit of black water. It's a beautiful golden/yellow/brown glow - reminds me of very diluted bourbon. The fish love it (especially the cardinals), and it looks really good, so if it ever goes away, I'll add almond leaves.


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Yeah. I have dirt and manzanita wood, and even though I didn't anticipate it, I have quite a bit of black water. It's a beautiful golden/yellow/brown glow - reminds me of very diluted bourbon. The fish love it (especially the cardinals), and it looks really good, so if it ever goes away, I'll add almond leaves.
I didn't think that this look worked in my tank, but it did inspire a few ideas for tanks that I think it would look really gorgeous in. I have seen amazonian biotopes in the Chattanooga quarium, Baltimore aquarium, and Atlanta and they looked really great with subdued lighting, long lines, and dramatic scenes.


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