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Old 07-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #2781 
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #2782 
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Good call! Upon further review almond leaves not only lowers the ph but hardens their scales ... more natural approach with an added benefit.

Here's a link if anyone's interested ...

http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Betta,%2...d%20Leaves.htm
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #2783 
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If you don't mind beer-colored water, IAL is good for your fish.

Nothing wrong with a 7.6 pH. Usually Betta keepers don't worry unless it gets well above 8.0pH. In fact, it's good for maintaining a stable nitrogen cycle

It should have no effect on your plants. I would look elsewhere for the cause of your plant problems.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #2784 
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:50 AM   #2785 
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So ... I finally got snails - not by choice however. I know they come from plants, which i find rather strange considering i haven't bought any new ones in awhile. I was really digging up the gravel today to do some replanting and put some laterite in - they didn't come from that did they? I do seem to recall seeing things before that I thought were plant spores so I chucked them, or dropped them back in the tank.

I'm not particularly interested in getting rid of them and I could really use the help with algae. So, my question is; what am I looking for to make sure they don't become a nuisance to my betta? I know they can cause disease, and one thing to watch out for is a spike in ammonia but other than that what else?
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:56 AM   #2786 
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If you don't mind beer-colored water, IAL is good for your fish.

Nothing wrong with a 7.6 pH. Usually Betta keepers don't worry unless it gets well above 8.0pH. In fact, it's good for maintaining a stable nitrogen cycle

It should have no effect on your plants. I would look elsewhere for the cause of your plant problems.
Yeah, I ordered some today. It was even cheaper than lebron quoted, so i figured I'd check it out. Another guy said leaves on plants yellowing or browning (or both) could be a sign of too much alkalinity but whatever .... I've never had what could be considered a green thumb

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Old 07-30-2012, 03:41 AM   #2787 
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Is there any way to lower my ph without buying yet another product? I just got a reading of 7.6 and the high ph was actually lower (yes, i did it right) - lol! And, is this really an issue? He seems fine, it's my plants that are turning weird colors from what I think is probably too much alkalinity in the water among other things.

Wow kj, that's the second avatar i've seen on here that bears a striking resemblance to my betta - Too cool
7.6 is fine. actually anywhere between 6.5 and 8.5 (and aome say even 9) is ok.

Stability is what you should be concentrating on. avoiding ph fluctuations ensure a stable environment. I personally like the water a little harder to maintain this stability. the PH of my water is generally around 7.6 as well.

Add IAL is great and a natural water softener. I do like the color of banana leaves better tho :O just personal preference but :)

Most plants are happy with a higher PH. when plants turn yellow, it means that you may not have enough iron in the water........ or...... yoir lighting is not sufficient....or too much :O. or maybe the roots are rotting... too many possibilities here, lol. but it is highly unlikely that the PH induced the reaction from the plants.

Annnnnnnnnndddd *avoid* all PH changing shelf products! lol.
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7.6 is fine. actually anywhere between 6.5 and 8.5 (and aome say even 9) is ok.

Stability is what you should be concentrating on. avoiding ph fluctuations ensure a stable environment. I personally like the water a little harder to maintain this stability. the PH of my water is generally around 7.6 as well.

Add IAL is great and a natural water softener. I do like the color of banana leaves better tho :O just personal preference but :)

Most plants are happy with a higher PH. when plants turn yellow, it means that you may not have enough iron in the water........ or...... yoir lighting is not sufficient....or too much :O. or maybe the roots are rotting... too many possibilities here, lol. but it is highly unlikely that the PH induced the reaction from the plants.

Annnnnnnnnndddd *avoid* all PH changing shelf products! lol.
Yeah, i originally looked at BL but the IAL was sooo much cheaper His fins look a little ragged, but I'm not seeing fin rot per se so maybe that'll clear it up. As far as ph, I thought a higher number made more sense for freshwater fish/plants but what do i know Thx!
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Question:))

I have no access to typical live amd frozen foods like bloodworms in my location and i just use bettafood w/c is not a healthy diet. I do have alot of moquito and mosquito larvae in my location w/c i use for alternative live food.

Is this alternative safe?
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I have no access to typical live amd frozen foods like bloodworms in my location and i just use bettafood w/c is not a healthy diet. I do have alot of moquito and mosquito larvae in my location w/c i use for alternative live food.

Is this alternative safe?
Quick answer; yes, my understanding is that bettas eat mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes and safety? I couldn't tell you. I don't know why the betta food wouldn't be a healthy diet though as long as it's good quality. My understanding is the Betta Bio-Gold, which I would otherwise recommend has gone downhill recently.

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