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Morris's Blackwater Biotope

morris

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Joburg - South Africa
Hi, after adding my opening thread, I wanted to post my Blackwater Biotope tank:)

This is not a true Blackwater Biotope, as the wood, sand and fish species are not from the same area.

Specs of the tank.

Tank: Standard 2 foot, 60 * 30 *30
Substrate: Play pen sand
Filter: Hang-on 800l/h
Light: Clip on 7500k 15w cfl
Hardscape: Spider wood, will add Oak leaves and branches later on for the Blackwater effect
Fish: 10 * Corydoras Sterbai's, 4 * Peckoltia Compta L134, a Pair of Apistogramma(still deciding on which species)



The tank has only been up and running 4 days and the rocks will be removed ontop of the wood, Oak leaves and branches will still be added.


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School of Sterbai's

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morris

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Joburg - South Africa
Thanx slimboleen, yes it is still early days for this scape.
After the drift wood sinks, I can remove the rocks ontop off it and add some other hardscape, leaves and smaller branches.

I orderd 4 * L134 compta plecs today and should be here next week, I am very excited, they are as scarce as chicken teeth here in South Africa.

Only after adding the L134's I will have a look at what Apistogramma species there are locally
 

morris

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Joburg - South Africa
Thanx all!!

Merlin, the oakk branches and leaves that i used, gets treated by placing them in boiled water in a bucket for around two days yes.

This makes the leaves sink, but the branches do float for a couple more days
 

morris

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Joburg - South Africa
Hi Derek,

I keep the bark on the branches, this give it that nice tea colour stain to the water.
But I only use the branches that has fallen off the tree.

This scape is in the proses of being moved to a 110l tank, just waiting for the other branches and driftwood to sink and leach there tannins.

Will update agian, once everything has been moved
 

Joe

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Beautiful biotope!:)

I think for the pair of Apistos you should go for something nice and small. Bitaeniata, elizabethae or trifasciata are a few suggestions that would look great!
 

bbetta

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Location
Greece
Great Tank! I would really like to do something similar.We're waiting for more photos!
 

morris

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Location
Joburg - South Africa
Hi, thanks all,

Its been a while, and the tank has transformed quite alot.

I moved the scape to a bigger 110L tank, took out all the leave litter, as I got abit bored with not having any plants.
If any of you have read my introduction , you would have seen, I am very much into the planted side of tanks.
I also got a pair of Apisto cacatuoides , the only species I could find locally at the time

A couple of pics of the tank transformation

Moved all the spiderwood to the bigger tank

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Added some rock for extra hardscape and tied some moss onto the wood

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Planted some plants

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My male Apisto......still small, but getting some very nice colours

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morris

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Location
Joburg - South Africa
Hi Linus_Cello,

Thanx, it is just normal grey granite rock. Luckily it doesn't alter the water parameters in any way.
I have used the same type of rock in previous scapes with no side effects:)
 

dw1305

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Wiltshire UK
Hi all,
The male looks like he is going to have really good fin extension.

I like the tank planted and grown in, I'm a great moss and Bolbitis fan, but you can have plants as well as dead leaves, I have both and I just move the leaves off the plants if I'm worried about them chopping out the light.

I'm sure that dead leaves aid fry survival. On the subject of fry survival I had a couple of Pristella tetras in with my cacatuoides for a while, and they were great fry hunters, so I don't think you will have any fry survive.

cheers Darrel
 

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