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Old 01-22-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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Fresh2o’s 29g Blackwater Tank

New tank, new build. For those who’ve followed my planted tank build FresH2O's 20g planted rescape, this is a departure from all that greenery. It places more emphasis on hardscape and fish.
Theme: Blackwater biotope
Tank: 29g
Lighting: Finnex 24/7
Heater: 100w Aqueon Pro
Filter: Sun Sun 302B
Substrate: pool filter sand
Hardscape: possibly spiderwood or manzanita or Malaysian DW; leaf litter
Plants: none (for now)
I have 20 lbs of Black Mountain Seiryu Stone in my current tank. Not sure if I will use them because they have a tendency to increase GH and KH. Out of the tap it is 12 and 7, respectively, and I’d rather not let it get any higher. I did not plan on using RO or a buffering substrate to bring things down, so the Seiryu might be out. Field stone looks more natural IMO. The Planted tank is still running; still in the process of removing plants.
Here is the tank. The pieces of spiderwood that looked bigger in the store look puny in this tank. I might return them and get some manzanita online. Click image for larger version

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One can of black Plasti Dip did not block light penetration 100%. I added a couple of coats of jet black acrylic and that did the job. Click image for larger version

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What I want it to look like and what it ends up looking like might be two totally different things. Hoping I can get it setup this weekend. PFS should arrive tomorrow.
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Fresh2o’s 29g Blackwater Tank

I will be following along! I really like the height of the 29g.
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I will be following along! I really like the height of the 29g.

It’s a lot taller than I thought (after dealing with 20 longs and smaller for the last 10 years). Makes me rethink proportions of hardscape. Best of all, fits my current stand and lighting.
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Help me decide: natural or sandblasted manzanita? Better question, is bark a bad thing? Not concerned with tannins. Tank has a painted back (black) and pool filter sand substrate.Click image for larger version

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I’m thinking about getting 2x24” or 4x18” pieces. Tank is 18” high. Planning on putting the “trunks” in the upper rear corners with branches reaching downward toward the center. I can always get larger pieces and prune to the required sizes. From the Blooms and Branches site.
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I like the blasted wood better ..
I believe bark will de grade but at what rate I don't know...
What fish are you planning on stocking ?
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I like them both. The lighter one will pop on the black background.
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Wowzers! Fresh actually bought a new tank haha. Sand blasted looks good but the likely hood of it holding light color is slim imo, especially if you're going to add tannins. The black crud on natural can get a little funky for the first few months, something to consider.
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From others sources as well it appears that the bark will decay and slough off.
And yes, the blasted wood will not retain the light color over time because of algae, biofilm, and a natural aging process.
The only physical difference besides the lack of bark with the sand blasted wood is that quite a few of the smaller branches (~20%) will be removed during the blasting process.
Yes, I bought A TANK. It has only been about 5 years since I bought one. And I can still count the number of fish purchases since then on one hand.
Fish? Probably increase the number of ember Tetras and maybe bring in another small and colorful tetra species. And some dwarf Cory’s.
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You mean the worms with whiskers? Not out of the realm of possibility.
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