what is the black water about?

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what is the black water about?

Postby Donna » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:24 am

someone please fill in the blanks about this blackwater for us newbies!
Ive beenweb surfing all over this really great web site and cant take it in fast enough!!!! first on foremost,,,, what is black water, and is it possible to do relatively ease in a fresh water tank? (sounds like a real dark subject to me! LOL :lol:
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Postby David » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:18 pm

It is a acidic water condition. Black water streams and rivers develop where the it is mineral poor but organically rich. The organic things are decaying wood and leaves which acidify the water. The colours is just a tea colour.
Fish that live there are some tetras such neons and cardinals, some rasboras, some gouramis and some loaches.
This can be recreated with some floating plants loads and loads of bogwood and Indian almond leaves. Indian almond leaves create the black water and leaves are common in black waters streams/rivers.


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