Finally a decent pic of my 55 gal blackwater setup!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Tank Photos' started by TexasDomer, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

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    55 gal blackwater stocked with:
    x1 African Butterfly Fish
    x5 Danios (4 long-finned leopard, 1 zebra)
    x6 Albino Cory Cats

    Will add angelfish in the future!

    I only have a few Anacharis bunches planted and one bunch floating. I plan to add more plants as finances allow. I'd welcome suggestions on low-light, hardy, easy-to-grow plants to add!

    My only complaints with the blackwater setup are that it can be difficult to see details from a distance and it's hard to take decent pics of the tank.
     
  2. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

  3. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

  4. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

  5. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    I like it. Crypts, swords, anubias, wistera, java ferns, should all work.
     
  6. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    Which wood was it? The Mopani?
     
  7. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    It's the Malaysian. I let the wood soak for 2-3 weeks in hot water with frequent water changes. The water finally stayed clear for 24 hours, so I put it in my tank. Well, after a week or two - blackwater. Decided to embrace it instead of fighting it. A blackwater setup doesn't seem to be too common around here, but it makes my fish pretty happy!
     
  8. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettas Fishlore VIP Member

    Good job! Looks good! :)
     
  9. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Thanks :)
     
  10. LilChicken

    LilChicken Valued Member Member

    Good job, It looks nice
     
  11. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Thanks! I actually need to update with another pic - lots has changed!
     
  12. T

    The Red Severum Valued Member Member

    Looks great, what is the PH at?
     
  13. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    It's 8.2, so it's technically not blackwater. The pH is slowly decreasing though!
     
  14. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

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    Updated photo! Lots of big java ferns. Added 4 angels (previously housed together - so far no issues!) a few weeks ago and 3 SAEs last week (will add 1-2 more in the next few weeks).
     
  15. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Looks better! Nice job!
     
  16. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    Do you have hard water?
     
  17. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Thanks! And BDpups, nope, very soft and very alkaline - a weird combination.
     
  18. T

    The Red Severum Valued Member Member

    PH is no big deal then, as long as the water is soft! Nice looking tank!
     
  19. OP
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    TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    My thoughts too! And thanks!
     




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