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Old 02-14-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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How to give the water a "tainted" look

Hey everyone, I had added a large piece of driftwood a while ago and it gave the water that yellowish tint from the tannins. I actually thought it looked good and really intensified the colors of my rams. I'll be getting tetras in the future and I think it'll compliment their colors as well. But after a couple water changes the water has become pretty clear again. Is there anything I can add to the water to give it that look? I'm not looking to get the water really yellow/brown, but just a slight tint to it.
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Hey everyone, I had added a large piece of driftwood a while ago and it gave the water that yellowish tint from the tannins. I actually thought it looked good and really intensified the colors of my rams. I'll be getting tetras in the future and I think it'll compliment their colors as well. But after a couple water changes the water has become pretty clear again. Is there anything I can add to the water to give it that look? I'm not looking to get the water really yellow/brown, but just a slight tint to it.
Do you mean like a black water setup?

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I guess so. But I thought if there were too much tannins it would significantly change the ph
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Catappa leaves also known as Indian Almond leaves, oak leaves, thai banana leaves, these are all sold on aquabid and ebay. I use them with my tetras and bettas, they like tannins.
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Tetra makes a 'Blackwater Extract'. Never used it, but have seen it recommended a few times.
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Okay, I'll look into that
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Catappa leaves also known as Indian Almond leaves, oak leaves, thai banana leaves, these are all sold on aquabid and ebay. I use them with my tetras and bettas, they like tannins.
This would be a better idea ten adding chemicals IMO. ALOT of people use this method to achieve the desired look of a "black water" setup.
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How often do I have to replace the leaves if I put them in the tank? And how many should I put in?
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I'm testing a new product for work - Easy Life Catappa-X, so far so good, most of the Catappa benefits without the tannins, although I actually like tannins.
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How would the tannins benefit/harm the tank?
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You put a few leaves in and take them out as they begin to decay.
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How do I keep them long term? If I were to buy like 100 of them off of aquabid?
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I keep mine in the stand under the tank. Its dark there and I keep them in the plastic. They are dried so you don;t have to worry about decay too much
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Okay sounds good
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