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I've got a 4 inch rhom in a 55. I've had him a little over a month. After each week went by, he would become less skittish. I dimmed the lights immediately, probably about 50% of the original power. It seemed to help, but he was still a little skittish. Just last night, I had a low light in my bathroom and it was shining into my room and it was just enough light to see my p. He was swimming around like a bat out of hell! He looked like a new fish. First thing this morning, I dimmed the lights even more and it made it an extremely low glow lighting for the tank. He has been swimming around like there is no tomorrow. It is great.


Does anyone use blackwater extract? Have you noticed a difference in behavior of your p's? Have you used the Tetra Blackwater Extract? How does it affect the water chemistry?
 

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I use black water extract and it didn't change my fishes behavior at all. He is much more active at night than during the day, but he is not skittish at all. As I understand it just about everyone's fish will be more active at night or in the dark.

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I used kent black water extract, it really helps live plants most. I think it may make your fish feel more comfortable too, but thats hard to say, in the end its cheaper to buy bulk peat moss and use it to tint your water
 

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Blackwater extract can be bought at your lfs. It is a chemical that contains trace elements, vitamins, and valuable extract of peat. It creates an environment similar to parts of the Amazon River and other natural blackwater biotypes. It helps to promote activity and general health of blackwater fishes. An excellent conditioner for all softwater fishes such as discus, angelfish, tetras, piranhas and killifish. This extract will initially darken the aquarium water slightly when added. It supposedly helps live plant growth as well.
 

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Petzl88 said:
Blackwater extract can be bought at your lfs. It is a chemical that contains trace elements, vitamins, and valuable extract of peat. It creates an environment similar to parts of the Amazon River and other natural blackwater biotypes. It helps to promote activity and general health of blackwater fishes. An excellent conditioner for all softwater fishes such as discus, angelfish, tetras, piranhas and killifish. This extract will initially darken the aquarium water slightly when added. It supposedly helps live plant growth as well.
Hey cool! thanks for the info!
 

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Fish have different personalities. You might have just got a skittish fish that doesnt matter on the level of light. It took my rhom a week to come out of a corner of his little tank. He just hung out in the darkest corner and behind the heater, now it swims around like it owns the place! I didnt change the light (its lit up like a christmas tree) or add any blackwater, the fish simply decided it wasnt nervous anymore.
 

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I tried black water extract the very first week I got my Rhom. Didnt do anything for my fish but tint the water and hindered me from seeing and enjoying my fish.
 
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