01-23-2007, 04:29 PM
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Does anyone have a blackwater tank?
Ok, here's the problem. I'm trying to convert my 55g Amazon tank over to blackwater. Shouldn't be too hard, right? Well, apparently it is. After searching for peat moss for a month, I put it in my Penguin 330 Bio-Wheel filter (with carbon removed). No pH change, no blackwater, nothing. So then I boiled some in a large pot of water to make some "peat tea". As a sidenote, you should consider yourself fortunate when your significant other looks at the pot of boiling brown goop on the stove and then pats you gently on the head on his way to find Dominos' phone #! :) Anyways, I strained the "peat tea" and tested the pH.... except now the water is so dark that I can't tell what the reading is.
So my question for those of you who have/had a blackwater tank, how do/did you do it? Am I using the wrong stuff? I bought it at Lowe's and the package says "Sphagnum Peat Moss".
Thanks all! :)