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    You can take the Cajun out of Louisiana, but you can’t take Louisiana out of the Cajun. Which leads to the next major project I have in the works. ..
    When I casually mentioned that life would be perfect if only I had a crawfish pond—which both our insurance and our property covenants don’t allow—it was suggested I get around that by designing my very own Bayou Teche biotope aquarium. Easier said than done, of course, but I’m not letting that stop me. With some careful rearranging of my office, I now have space for a 40B aquarium, and visions dancing in my head of a full-on black-water swamp with dwarf crawfish, mosquitofish, grass shrimp and snails (assuming that the crawfish doesn't decide to make lunch out of his neighbors, or just escape altogether).

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    This is a fairly rare biotope for home aquarium setup as far as I've seen, so I'll be mostly drawing on my own experience and combining it with general knowledge of black-water setups to make this work...

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    Sounds interesting...but from what I've read, anything a crayfish can catch will become a meal, and it happens mostly at night, when the fish are calm and easy prey

    I'm curious to see how it turns out for you
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    I know, which is why that's subject to change. The dwarfs aren't supposed to be as nibbly, and I've seen them before in mixed aquariums, but I don't have numbers on the casualty rates.

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    You never know until you try...I really like the mosquito fish, wish I had a cold water tank to give them a try.
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    This is the particular variety of mosquito fish I'm interested in, smaller and less aggressive than some of the other varieties that share a similar name. The crawfish would preferably be cambarellus puer, the very smallest ones (typically 2" or less). I've found some instances of them going after fry, or attacking flowing-finned fish, but they seem to be fairly docile compared to their larger cousins. I feel hopeful enough about the data to give it a try.

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    Sounds like you've done a good bit of research already...let's see if you can pull it off...I'm rootin' for you...
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    I think the hardest part with this one is going to be developing the setup itself: figuring out equipment, substrate, etc. to make it realistic and comfortable for the fish. Once that's done, getting the fish in there will be the easy part.

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    I suppose this is the rub when it comes to filtration in the Bayoutope: according to various sources, I need everything and nothing. That is to say, I should have either a HOB or canister to handle the bioload, definitely a canister if I aim to replicate the silty substrate (because according to the mysterious THEY, an HOB will stir it up too much), and sponges because it’s supposed to be nearly still black-water and there will likely be fry.

    My translation: I need something that doesn’t put out a lot of current, won’t stir up or be clogged by silty substrate, is shrimp/fry safe, and can handle a high bioload. That combination of requirements alone makes me think I may have to at least partially design a setup to meet these requirements. I can’t for the life of me tell from his picture what the guy in that biotope contest did for his…

    What I do know is that despite what ‘THEY’ say, the HOBs can be run with silty/sandy substrate, just as long as they aren’t turned on during that initial period while any residual post-cleaning dust is still settling. So what I’m leaning toward is either a) full sponge at both ends, b) HOBs with sponge over the intakes and baffles if necessary to reduce the flow. I think I’m headed in the right direction with this…


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    While the filters are up in the air, the idea of using black sand to replicate the dark, silty bottom definitely appeals to me. I was thinking for realistic effect, to just scatter the leaves being used to create the 'black-water' over the bottom as opposed to boiling them and adding the reduction, or putting them in the filters as I've read others have done. Does this affect the concentration of the color (lighter, darker, about the same)? More stuff to research...

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    Sponge filters with AC70 power heads, opposite ends? Run single system with a sufficiently powerful air pump to support both? Hate getting ideas when I'm at work and can't research...

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