Finally a decent pic of my 55 gal blackwater setup!

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

  1. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

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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. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember





  3. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember





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  5. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I like it. Crypts, swords, anubias, wistera, java ferns, should all work.
     
  6. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Which wood was it? The Mopani?
     
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Good job! Looks good! :)
     
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Thanks :)
     
  10. LilChickenValued MemberMember

    Good job, It looks nice
     
  11. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Thanks! I actually need to update with another pic - lots has changed!
     
  12. The Red SeverumValued MemberMember

    Looks great, what is the PH at?
     
  13. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

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

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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. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Looks better! Nice job!
     
  16. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Do you have hard water?
     
  17. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Thanks! And BDpups, nope, very soft and very alkaline - a weird combination.
     
  18. The Red SeverumValued MemberMember

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

    My thoughts too! And thanks!
     
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