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Old 07-06-2012, 01:05 AM   #1 
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tannin in water

Can I use tea bags to put tannin in the water?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:39 AM   #2 
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Only decaf green tea.

Just get IAL. Its better for them than putting in something shady.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:41 AM   #3 
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I have dried oak leaves steeping in some water.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:53 AM   #4 
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Oh, this is a fascinating question! I understand the thought behind just using the tried and true method, but what about if you have an emergency and you don't have anything on hand...you could get decaf green tea at any grocery store, if it would work. Maybe you could try PM'ing OldFishLady and asking? I'd like to know as well. :)
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:02 AM   #5 
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To just tan the water you can use decaf green or black tea, however, due to how the tea is processed it will lack the antibacterial/fungal properties that IAL and Oak leaf contain/provide.

Temps over 110F kill the good bacteria.......

The tanned/darker water that the processed decaf tea provides can help with stress and often that is all that is needed to help the Betta....Be warned that the processed decaf tea can sometimes cause a slimy feel to objects in the tank, walls...etc.....

With any tannin source-always have your replacement water tanned ahead of time to use for water changes 50% and greater...
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #6 
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I got someb oak leaves instead. I read it helps with fin re-growth in betta's and I am trying to help Taz's tail
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Ahh, fin regrowth! I will have to scout out some of the woods in my back lot and find some oak trees. :) I recently purchased a rescue with some bad tail bites, and I'm eager to get his tail back to normal. :)
Thank you so much for the information OFL! :)
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