Natural appearance is better than artificial addings..I tried the TETRA extract man worst of all,the water turned clear within 2 days..since i heard of those Indian almond leaves i tried those stuffs,it gave me some better result not in the scope of breeding but it reduced the shyness among them and enhanced some color and they turned violent...
yeah I found the same to be true. I did a little experimenting with pet shop stuff. anything that works seemed to work for a very limited time. im not big on adding things to my tanks water in the first place. surprisingly the best effects ive ever obtained were through adding something like drift wood. it would naturally dye the water for several weeks until the filter cleaned out the water.
Ya you are right man.But i think using peat would be far better than these additives.Now am out of all these things just a regular kinda settings.I thought of setting a planted aquarium but these beasts are too large so i thought they would uproot them and also a need of care would be high and costly.
honestly what I always did was just control the lighting. I found that using some floating colored plants (no tacky looking ones) I could give the water a murky appearance...or simply adding tin foil below the strip lighting could also control the lighting.
well you can go about it a few ways. for instance I always used the fake plastic plants to obtain the look that I mentioned. generally they wont snip at or bit a plant above them. its only in their skittish swimming do they accidentally ingest plants they bit. go to the store and pick yourself up a large or x large plant that suits your desired look and simply anchor it to the lid of the tank and let it drape over the water. it will give a very very cool shadowy effect to the tank.
something like this but obviously not so much of a plant...scale it down...but you get the idea