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Wow. There is almost nowhere online that people regularly discuss blackwater aquariums? That’s kind of sad.

I mean, I know its kind of a niche subset of aquarium hobbyists that take interest in them, but I would have expected them to have some sense of community somewhere online?

I guess they’re just not popular enough? Too many aquarists want those pristine, manicured aquascapes with crystal clear water that sparkles in the LEDs. People talk about that all over the various planted tank forums and resources.

Blackwater was originally never something I was interested in either - who wants dark, decaying plant matter when you can have lush, vibrant live plants? But I’ve started keeping fish that naturally occur in blackwater, so I set up blackwater tanks to provide what’s best for them. It’s very different, but I’m finding that I like these set ups a lot too. It’s nice to be able to have and appreciate both. There’s more to these tanks than the dark water, dark wood, dark leaves.

There’s tons of planted tank forums and groups, I’ve even found a catfish forum and a catfish facebook group - I can’t believe no one has made a blackwater group somewhere?

I don’t know, I want to geek out about blackwater tanks a bit. Fishblr, what do you think of blackwater? Anyone have nice blackwater tanks to share? I know there’s a couple more people maintaining them on here….

Please don’t take your pets for granted. Even if you’re frustrated that your dog has been barking all day or your bird has been screaming for attention, remember you are all they have in this world. Give your fish that extra water change. Give your dog or cat that tummy rub they’ve been begging for. Chop up some fresh fruit as a treat for your rodents or reptiles. Just spend some time with them. Be compassionate to your animals. They are living creatures that are alive simply because you wish them to be. They may only be a small part in your life, but to them, you are their everything.

IMPORTANT FISH PSA!!!

You see this aquarium right here?

It goes by many names and comes in several different sizes, from 2 gallon to 3.5 gallon. There are many different brands of this kind of aquarium, and judging by the positive reviews most of them aren’t too bad.

HOWEVER one of these brands can and will kill your fish. A month ago, I bought an Aquaculture 11.4 litres (3 gallons) 360′ View Aquarium with multicolored LED lights as shown above. It was $40 and looked pretty cool, plus it was the perfect size for a betta, so why the hell not?

After I got it set up (following the instructions to a T), the first betta I put in it died within hours. The next two also died fairly quickly. I tested my parameters and besides one of the bettas (either the 2nd or 3rd) “vomiting” a lot which resulted in a nitrite spike, there was nothing at all that could have harmed them- no ammonia, no nitrates, nothing. The pH and hardness were where they needed to be, I had a small heater and a thermometer to measure temperature, everything was rinsed before use, and I conditioned the water. I took a sample to PetSmart to be tested and they could find nothing wrong.

It was only after I (stupidly) put a fourth betta in it that a strong chemical smell started coming from the tank. I’m talking, like, the smell of bleach. I couldn’t breathe. I quickly rehomed the betta in question (he made a full recovery) and returned the tank to the store. They replaced it with an identical one and I, hoping I just got a “bad batch”, set this one up and rehomed the betta again.

Nope. This tank, too, leached chemicals into the water. Please take note of this brand and as cute of a tank as it is for a decent price, do NOT waste your money on it. It caused me so much heartache and a few great fish.

Avoid this tank at all costs. Probably the entire brand.

It's okay to make mistakes...

You’ve done so much research but your furbaby/scale baby got sick or passed away. They needed different food. More hides. Different humidity. Everything went went wrong at once.
It’s okay. Breathe.
There is a lot of information out there, and it can take a while to figure out who can be trusted, and to take some advice with a grain of salt. There is always new information coming in
That being said, it is NOT OKAY to refuse to do research. To blatantly ignore advice as it is given to you. To rely on only one source of information.
Ignorance means that you are not willfully seeking the best care for your animals, and it is not an excuse.
So do your research, again and again, and share your experiences. The community will be here to guide those who are humble and caring, I’ve seen it first hand. We protect because we care.

When I see healthy, well-cared for fish

🐟 👀 🐟 👀 🐟 👀 🐟 👀 🐟 👀 good fish go౦ԁ fISh 🐟 thats ✔ some good 🐟 🐟 fish right 🐟 🐟 th 🐟 ere 🐟 🐟 🐟 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 🐟 🐟 🐟 НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 💯 🐟 👀 👀 👀 🐟 🐟 good fish

As I lay in my bedroom trying to let this headache pass, I hear my boyfriend in the front room on his xbox talking to his friend and out of nowhere…“NONONONONO NO SHUT THE FUCK UP NO …..NO YOU CAN’T PUT ANY FISH IN A BOWL!! It has to have a filter and a heater! Nonono-” ahhh I’m listening to him give perfect care info to a whole party on there about anything from “reasons not to get a gold fish” to “PROPER FUCKING BETTA CARE”. He’s learned so much