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10 Nov 2016 20:58 #1 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
Plenty nests with this pair but never an egg! I'm letting the temperature drop to around 15c for a few weeks then I'll increase the temp again and see what happens.



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11 Nov 2016 00:05 #2 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Tell them get a move on Bill.
I have had a tank ready for their offspring for months :-)
Any luck on finding some alder cones of oak leaves in your neck of the woods?

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11 Nov 2016 12:08 #3 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
I've told them they are going to bed without supper if they don't get on with it :) No luck yet, but I haven't been able to get out to that forest yet as Lesley has been working extra shifts. But the Beech leaves I collected around my field are doing the job, although the water is darker than would like really. It's very difficult to see what's happening in the tanks. I think I'll have to cut the leaves back by at least 50%
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11 Nov 2016 18:55 #4 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Presoak the leaves for a bit before putting them in.
Or you could soak a bunch of them in a barrel and use the water from it in water changes to get the desired color.
Personally the darker the better in my tanks

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12 Nov 2016 12:28 #5 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
I put too much into people telling me that Beech leaves weren't as good as Oak etc for making blackwater so I added a few more than I would normally have used only to find they make it blacker than IAL. Lesson learned.
I like my blackwater quite dark but I think it's more important to see what's going on with your fish in the tank. While disease is less likely in blackwater, wounds etc need to be seen.
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