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Old 03-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #11 
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Does anyone use IAL in a tank with more than just Betta? I'd like to know if there are any affects on other species, as I also have corys as well as my betta in my tank and am considering using IAL. Thanks!
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we use ours with our guppies, bristlenose pleco, and cories (with our sorority). Central and South America has a lot of blackwater biotopes.

Our fish are more active and more vibrant.
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we use ours with our guppies, bristlenose pleco, and cories (with our sorority). Central and South America has a lot of blackwater biotopes.

Our fish are more active and more vibrant.
Thanks Skyewillow, great to know I am definitely going to source some soon then!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #14 
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IAL DOES drop your pH, but bettas are originally from blackwater environments, so they like the acidic water.

To pull my water changes, and not waste my leaves, I take an empty milk jug fill it with tap water, dechlorinate, and then I roll up a leaf and shove it into the mouth of the jug. I use the tea for my water changes in conjunction with dechlorinated tap water to refill the tanks.
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IAL DOES drop your pH, but bettas are originally from blackwater environments, so they like the acidic water.

To pull my water changes, and not waste my leaves, I take an empty milk jug fill it with tap water, dechlorinate, and then I roll up a leaf and shove it into the mouth of the jug. I use the tea for my water changes in conjunction with dechlorinated tap water to refill the tanks.
OK, and I also have cherry shrimp in the same tank at the moment (and would like to add more)...from what I understand they do ok in slightly acidic water too?
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My tank has Ember tetras, Endler's Livebearers and cories as well as RCS and bettas. They all seem to thrive when I have IAL in.
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My tank has Ember tetras, Endler's Livebearers and cories as well as RCS and bettas. They all seem to thrive when I have IAL in.
Thanks for the advice
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Ok, so for the water changes its a good idea to keep a jug of IAL water on hand.
Then mix it with clear dechlorinated water to do a water change. Correct?

Will an abrupt change from tannin to clear water stress the betta out?
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it's the same as any sudden change in parameters, it will stress them out to an extent, unless you have a completely neurotic fish that will panic over everything.

Alternatively, dried (pesticide free) oak leaves, and driftwood will give the same result of blakwater.
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