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….