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Blackwater Betta Setup | 6 MONTHS LATER

Jun 08, 2021
Hi everyone, Tanner here, and in this I wanted to give you an update on my

betta

Kasper and his Blackwater

setup

. It's been running for about six

months

and is working very well to give you a better idea of ​​what I mean. I'll do a bit of before and after initially it was pretty sparse and that's to be expected since the tank wasn't cured today it looks nice and set especially the twenty bronzes that I knew would fill the space given enough time and it finally looks good. You may be wondering what is involved in maintaining a

setup

like this.
blackwater betta setup 6 months later
Well, I have to do maintenance now, so let's talk about it most of the time. I start by trimming the plants, but today I would remove some salvinia from the surface of the water that would not. If it doesn't work, then you could proceed to prune the plants. This is something I do as needed, about every two

months

. I usually just cut off unsightly leaves to promote new growth during this process. I trim the roots of the plants myself. going above the water line, they are obviously good for the plant they belong to and I know Casper enjoys them, but they will cause problems for the other plants in the long run, so I cut them back to make them less invasive.
blackwater betta setup 6 months later

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blackwater betta setup 6 months later...

These roots are from the Purple Waffle Plant that I added not long ago to get some riverine goats. My plane was initially to get that growth out of the Kleinert bar sword, but it took a while to settle in; However, he has healthy growth at the moment, so I guess. It should eventually come out of the water as we talk about mature arian plants, although why don't we add a little more? I have several clean plants here with bare roots. I also have some brown sewing thread using the thread that ties them together. over the driftwood, making sure the roots are completely submerged over time, the third will eventually break off, but by then the roots will have attached to the wood and will no longer be needed over time.
blackwater betta setup 6 months later
I'm looking to have some serious up the edge growth with this tank and I think this will help me do exactly that and this is what it looks like after putting all the plants together much better. If you ask me now that we've got it out of the way, I'll finish cleaning the tank. I always clean the front of the glass to ensure a pristine viewing surface. After that, I will drain about 30% of the water into a separate container using the dirty water from the tank. I clean the filter media after all, and then the tank is refilled.
blackwater betta setup 6 months later
I fill in some clean, non-chlorinated tap water, my botanicals also need replenishing so we'll do that too. I fill my designated botanical pot with a variety of items, add a little water, and then set it to boil on the stove. I generally let everything boil for 10 to 15 minutes to sanitize it and allow it to sink faster after boiling. I took a little more water to cool it down faster so you don't have to leave it on the stove. I usually like to let this pot sit overnight to ensure that most, if not all, of the botanicals are completely soaked in when I go to use them.
I should mention that I did this before the maintenance session you just saw, moving forward again to the current day. You could add the botanicals to the clean setting. I just dropped them randomly into the tank and moved them around with my tweezers to get a cleaner distribution while doing so. I try not to overdo it because I want the placement to look natural now. I know a lot of you if you say I thought you said This was a Blackwater setup, true, but I normally use rooibos tea to get the Blackwater effect, so it's a little worn out at the moment.
I like to use loose leaf tea because that's what I drink myself, I usually make some for myself. and share with Casper, but today this is all him. I put in some tea and a diffuser ball and hooked them to the side of the tank. He and his shrimp friends were always very curious about it when I added about half of it to the tank for the first time. An hour

later

and the tank ended up looking like this. I experimented with various levels of tint and this seems to be what I prefer. Clear enough to still see it in the tank.
Wow, but dark enough to still look good. In conclusion, I really enjoy this. tank just like Casper and the Amano shrimp. I guess the snails are probably doing well, but who really knows what they're thinking. I usually don't do much more than a water change and add additional tannins. From time to time I trim the plants, add more botanicals or just things like you saw in this video. I would say the maintenance of this one is really no different than any of my other tanks, although keep it clean, feed the fish and enjoy if anything else is really needed.
I hope you all enjoyed this little update. Thank you very much for tuning in. I really appreciate it. Make sure to like the video if you liked it and see you next time on quad peace surplus.

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