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Old 06-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #1 
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Cool Tea in a tank?

So I've heard of people putting TEA in their fish tanks (specifically betta tanks?).

I was wondering, why do people do this? Is it for treatment of a disease or something?

Also, Has anyone ever done it? If so, why? and was it successful for whatever the purpose was?

haha thanks! I was just curious :)
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:04 PM   #2 
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It's not regular tea...

Rooibos tea, organically grown and of course free of caffeine, is a good source of tannins if you can't get hold of Indian Almond Leaf (IAL) or oak leaves, things that provide tannins to the tank water.

Breeders in Thailand add tannins to the water to improve their fish's health, it apparently improves their immune system and 'hardens scales' (healthy skin/scales/slime coat is really important to fish...)

I've added Rooibos tea to one of my tanks, my fish seemed to like it. I'd rather use IAL, though.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #3 
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should i put an oak leaf in my tanks then?
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #4 
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I haven't tried this myself, but the general advice on oak leaves is:

- use leaves that are 100% dry, and which have dried naturally on the tree and fallen off.

- make very sure the oak tree is not anywhere near where people might use potential pollutants such as pesticides (there's a lot of p's in that sentence..)
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:33 PM   #5 
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ll yes there are, and what grows on an oak tree? like acorns..... pecans.... ect.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:02 PM   #6 
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Acorns grow on oak.

And so it's not to treat anything though? It's just to improve their overall health? Interesting...

I never understood why tannins were added to water in the first place haha :P
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:23 PM   #7 
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cool. so ima go find a tree with acorns... and look for leafs on the ground.... lol...
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