10-02-2013, 01:22 AM
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i would like opinions on my 29 gallon blackwater layout
The tank is getting into the nitty gritty part of the cycle process. My 3 neon tetras are still doing great (eating and swimming normally, bright vibrant color). Anyways I have been doing some research on blackwater tanks and am really liking the idea. From what I have read, caring for them is nearly identical to that of clear water tanks with the exception of possibly changing out almond leaves (if I went that route). My main concern is how to correctly test the water. All of the tests I know of are color coded, which I have a hard time believing will still be accurate with tea colored water. Does anybody know of a way around this?
I also had the idea of kind of making this a black water river bank. Have the substrate start higher up in one corner or side of the tank and slope down. Maybe put some plants up on the slope and build some caves into the side of the slope using pvc pipe or rocks. I have a rough sketch. There are plants on a slope on the left and then driftwood and a rock on the right. The dark circle just below the plants is supposed to be a cave Thanks everybody!