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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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IAL and live plants

I took out the IAL and my plants seem to be doing great. But I hate that I cannot give my bettas a blackwater environment now.
Will IAL harm the live plants? Or snails?

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 02:53 PM
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I use IAL to treat my fish. and when Im done... I run my filter with purigen and clear out the water. not sure what ur question was but...

My ial never harmed plants...
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Well I heard something like it messes with pH of water. Or the blackwater affects photosynthesis..

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I'm glad you posted this, I'm actually having the opposite problem. My 29g comminuty, the plants used to thrive before but now that I have taken out all IAL and tinted water, my plants are dying. Mine did better WITH IAL. Totally going to watch this thread :)


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I'm glad you posted this, I'm actually having the opposite problem. My 29g comminuty, the plants used to thrive before but now that I have taken out all IAL and tinted water, my plants are dying. Mine did better WITH IAL. Totally going to watch this thread :)
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omg lol

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Using IAL tints the water, which means not as much light will be available to your plants. You can compensate by using a higher rated light, or instead choosing lower light plants such as anubias, java fern etc.

Also it depends on how dark your water to be. I was successfully growing ambulia in a very dark tank (think water was almost black) by using a very strong light over the top.

I have found many aquatic plants prefer slightly softer water. You just don't want to make it too acidic, although some of my tanks have very low pH and carbonate hardness, and all my 'low tech' plants are thriving.

Betta splendens don't really need a blackwater environment. They aren't like some of the wild bettas that require an extremely low pH to thrive. I only use a very small amount of IAL in with my CTs because of their finnage. Otherwise none of my other bettas used to have any in with them.


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I found my bettas made more bubble nests and seemed more happy with the IAL. So IAL does lower the pH.. And softens the water? NOT good for snails. Gotcha. Tha's good to know, thanks!

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so wait... lowering PH i understand. but howwwww in the world does IAL soften water?!
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