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56G Sarawak Blackwater

Discussion in 'Ripariums & Paludariums' started by hydrophyte, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    56G Sarawak Blackwater

    Since this new forum area is up and running I thought I would just slide my latest new project over here. I had just a few new posts for it and I can just copy the few photos that I have over here. This new planting is intended to emulate a Sarawak blackwater swamp habitat with more or less representatvie plants and animals.

    Here's a new picture of the Iguanura tenuis palm from this evening. I wish that I could find regular commercial availability for this plant, but it is just rare. It sure grows nice.

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    Hi hydrophyte, What a stunner:rolleyes:
     
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    hydrophyte

    I hope you do not mind I removed the shadow just to make that beautiful plant stand out without any distractions.

    It certainly is a beautiful plant It would stunning if it grew several Mts tall.

    Keith:):)
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't mind shadows.

    This species only grows about one meter tall. It is a true miniature palm.

    Here are a couple more pictures to show the planting.

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    hydrophyte

    Have you any idea how tall and big it will grow in your controlled environment?

    Keith:):)
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I cleaned the tank tonight and here are some update photos. The PAR 38 is really great with the stained water. The Betta schalleri are still very shy and I don't know if I'll ever get a good shot with fish in it. The plants look good.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm working on this thing again. I just cleaned it out a bit and I'll get more pictures after the water clears. I am trying to add more decorations so that the bettas will come up to the front more where I can see them. They are very shy.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's a quick picture. I stuck a piece of Malaysian driftwood in there on the left side and a couple of bettas started to hand out next to it right away, but the stump just looks like a dark blob in this photo. I liked the way it looked better with just leaves. I wonder about trying something else, such as coconut hides, or manzanita branches, for the bettas to use.

    I really like the stained water. I think it looks good in photos.

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    What a perfect home for the Bettas.

    Keith:):)
     
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    HI Hydrophyte Looking great(y) And a fab mix of plants :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Hydrophyte, it looks amazing! (y)I love the stained water too. When I was a child in Africa we used to go to high up into the mountains and swim in rock pools with the water looking exactly as you have in your tank! It looks so natural and easy on the eye. :) Can I ask a couple of newbie questions please? Do Betta fish need filtration systems or are the plants doing that job? Is it heated?
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks so much!

    All fish should be provided with some filtration. In this tank I have just been using a small sponge filter and sometimes a power filter, too. I think that the plants help a lot with purifying the water.

    Here's a couple of quick pictures from the other night.

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    Really beautiful! =)
     
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    Love this so so much Hydrophyte. It's truly inspirational.:) The betta's must think they have landed in paradise! I think it is so clever how you used a white substrate to make that beautiful amber water almost glow. I don't know how you do it but I have looked at several of your works and somehow you hit it on the nail everytime. Please keep updating us when you have a mo!:)

    PS. Another newb question. Would all Betta varieties benefit from leaf litter? I have two veil tail betta's that I recently acquired. One of them was kept in a measly little tank no larger than a few cups of water, I am still so ticked off about that!:mad: The ph of the water was 8.4. I have read Bettas prefer and thrive best in soft water, is this true?
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I haven't been back here in a a while.

    Here's a quick update for this tank, I still have it going. The plants are looking good. The fish are hard to photograph. I need to borrow a camera with a better flash so I can get fish shots.

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    It surprises me more people don't make use of these PAR base LED bulbs for planted tanks. This pair of 5,000K bulbs is perfect for this tank. This color spectrum works the best with blackwater because it really brings out the brown color.

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    Thanks for the likes you guys!
     
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    That is a great tank you

    That tank looks like a farm of Tannin you do not see many like that on ASW.

    The plants look very healthy and that is the main thing.

    Keith:):)
     
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