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post #1 of 2 Old 09-27-2013, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
Black water planted tank question

Question for you: I have tried two kinds of black water media in an attempt to create a stained water look in my planted 20 gallon long tank. I tried Fluval peat granules and also Tetra black water extract. I have no chemical filtration, yet my water remains crystal clear. What gives?

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-28-2013, 02:07 PM
I don't know the answer for certain, but do you have activated charcoal in your filter? Also, I used Tetra Blackwater Extract a long time ago and I remember having to use a lot of it per dose, per instructions on the bottlle.

Some people put a few dead tree leaves on top of the substrate. Oak leaves have tannins.

10g planted tank since 4/18/12; 2 10W CFLs; Fluval U2 filter; substrate: MGOCPM.
6 Pristella Tetras,
1 Betta splendens (f)
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