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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:17 pm Post subject: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 Trying  two  new  biotopes...one  a  tang  cichlid  the  other  one,  a  Rio  negro  blackwater.
 So  bear  with  me.  Smile  
 Here  comes  the  Rio  Negro:
 Tank:  30X18(H)X21(B)...approx  50  gallons
 Black  water:  ADA  Black  water
 Hardscape:  Black  fine  sand  and  lots  of  driftwoods
 Flora:      None  except  almond  leaves  liier
 Filtration:  aquaone  UK  1000
 Light:  20  watts  CFL
 Fishes:  6  Angels,  4  Bolivian  Rams,  2  rams,  6  Apistogramma  Trifasciata  and  Cardinals  4
    yep  I  know  my  blunder,  so  will  try  and  remove  the  Cardinals  in  the  weekend  (hopefully  they  can  last)  and  the  Apistos  to  my  4  feeter.
 So  here  are  some  pics
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:50 pm Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 great  .  but  a  little  more  horizontal  look  for  the  right  side  driftwood  will  be  better.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:05 pm Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Not  sure  if  you  will  ever  find  black  soil  in  Rio  Negro.  In  my  opinion  you  need  to  use  golden  color  fine  sand  that  will  give  better  looks  to  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:14 pm Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Its  always  refreshing  to  see  a  biotope  tank.
 Some  round  river  rocks  and  leaf  litter  will  compliment  the  natural  feel.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:13 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Your  pictures  didn't  do  justice  to  the  tank.  It's  looking  much  much  better  in  person.
 
 BTW...  did  you  add  any  back  ground  poster  to  the  tank?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:25 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 1.  The  tank  looks  great
 
 2.  If  you're  going  for  a  Rio  Negro  "biotope"  why  are  you  using  "almond  leaves  litter"??  (I  don't  think  there  are  any  almond  trees  in  the  Amazon  basin)
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:29 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 I  think  u  added  thermocol  background.
 Photo  quality  is  unable  to  show  the  beauty  of  the  tank.  I  think  tank  will  more  beautiful  than  in  photos.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:05 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Thanks  all,  need  your  suggestions...and  yes  I  am  incearsingly  feeling  that  may  be  I  would  have  to  compromise  with  the  'pure  Rio  Negro  set  up'  Sad  
 
 Muda:  I  will  make  the  right  side  driftwood  horizontal
 Sridhar:  I  agree,  but  may  be  after  a  few  months  when  I  doa  rescaping  and  get  dolden  sand,  I  will  try  that.  Btw,  Delhi  guys  any  idea  from  where  to  get  golden  sand?
 Hamza:  River  rocks  will  be  put,  leaf  litters  will  be  added  slowly...there  are  already  a  few
 Tirtha  and  Rajiv:  Yes  there  is  a  thermocol  back  ground.  Had  to  do  that  otherwise,  the  background  wall  was  too  bright.  Anyways,  Tirtha  comeover  and  may  be  we  can  replace  the  thermocol  with  black  poster....lets  see
 Sidrock:  Thats  the  compromise.....hoping  during  the  days  of  globalization,  almond  pollens  are  spreading  there  too  Chuckle   Chuckle  ...but  seriously,  thats  the  only  reliable  leaf  litterI   could  lay  my  hands  on
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:20 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 Bappa  the  only  flipside  to  the  Katappa  leaves  is  that  they  tend  to  disintegrate  really  fast  and  then  its  a  mess.  Why  not  try  and  get  some  Oak  leaves  if  you  have  any  friends  going  up  North?  Not  that  they  are  any  biotope  specific  but  just  that  its  lesser  work.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:46 pm Post subject: Re: Blackwater Reply with quote

 that's  a  decent  setup  there.....
 biotope  tanks  a  certainly  eye  candy.....
 would  love  too  see  more  improvements  it  this  setup  soon.
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Btw,  Delhi  guys  any  idea  from  where  to  get  golden  sand?                

 
 Talk  to  Tarun.  He  will  get  you  very  good  quality  golden  sand.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:50 am Post subject: Re: Blackwater: Need suggestions Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 This  is  how  the  blackwater  tank  looks  as  of  now.
 
 I  am  planning  to  make  it  to  a  South  (East)  Asian  Blackwater  biotope.  I  had  tried  putting  some  Neons  in  it  but  I  guess  either  because  of  the  light  or  lack  of  vegetation,  the  Neons  were  not  looking  great.  So  I  have  removed  them.  Currently  the  tank  hosts  about  20  Rasboras  and  about  6-7  emperor  Tetras.  
 My  constraints:  I  want  to  keep  it  a  low  light  and  reasonably  low  maintainance.  (40  watts  light  for  a  50  gallon  tank  is  all  I  have  now)...however  can  increase  light  if  needed.
 Can  I  add  cryptocoryenes  and  some  Moss?  
 What  other  fishes  can  I  add?  Threadfins?  Darios?
 I  will  do  minor  rescaping  (in  terms  of  pushing  some  of  the  driftwoods  at  the  back  and  create  some  space  in  the  front)
 
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 *  Can  I  add  cryptocoryenes  and  some  Moss?
 Cryptocoryenes,  moss,  java  fern  will  be  the  best  flora  for  this  low  light  tank.
 At  present  I  can  offer  you  an  unidentified  Cryptocoryene,  Christmas  moss  etc.  for  this  tank.
 
 
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 I  have  lots  of  crypts  myself  (in  the  Nano)..but  greed  kills  everyone  Chuckle   Chuckle  ....so  more  is  welcome.  Java  Ferns  and  Windelov  Ferns  are  good  suggestions.  And  Moss?  yes
 
 Just  not  sure  whether  plants  would  look  good  in  the  tank.  Altough  SEAsian  Blackwater  biotopes,  I  read  do  have  plants
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 The  South  East  Asian  Blackwater  Biotope  (SEABB):
 
 Gradually  converting  it  into  a  SEABB...Added  cryptocoryenes,  will  add  Java  and  Windelov  Ferns  and  also  Java  Moss.  The  light  is  still  low  (30  watts  for  50  gallons),  but  soon  will  make  it  72  watts  (2X36  watts  PLL).
 Fishes  so  far:  Rasboras  and  Emperor  Tetra.
 
 Might  add:  Scarlett  Badis  and  Badis  (Assamese)  and  perhaps  Bettas.  What  else  can  I  think  of  adding?
 
 
 
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