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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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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.


 

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I used oak leaves years ago, I will be setting up a 50 gallon and using driftwood to hopefully stain the water.
 
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