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Old 07-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #1 
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Should i be concerned?

I have two bettas that are ill, one has SBD, the other has popeye. im treating both of them with epsom salt, 1 tsp per gallon. Yesterday i added some crushed IAL to a gallon of water so it could soak and release some tannins.... today i poured the water into their qt tanks.... and its yellow. like.. apple juice yellow. ive never used IAL before, just wondering if this is normal and safe for my fish. also the water was a little hot when i added the IAL, could this be the reason why?
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #2 
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I think the tannins from the IAL is in the water now. Tannins usually change the color of the water. I'm not sure why the water's hot, though. You got me on that one. :I I hope your Betta Fish get better.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #3 
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Oh i meant that i took hot tap water and added the IAL without waiting for it to cool down, sorry that wasnt clear haha. And i was just worried because i thought IAL was supposed to turn it brown, not gatorade yellow
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Yeah, I thought that too. I wonder why it's yellow...
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:46 PM   #5 
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hmm.... do you know anyone who uses IAL frequently? i feel bad cause ive got my fish sitting in a tiny cup wating to be put in new water...
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Maybe Oldfishlady. She sometimes suggests it when a Betta seems stressed.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #7 
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okay ill ask her :) she knows everything. haha
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:27 PM   #8 
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I would premix your treatment water in a 1gal jug of dechlorinated water to use for 50% daily water changes while you have them in QT-after you properly acclimate to the new chemistry with 25% every 15min for 1 hour on the first day...and increase the Epsom salt to 2tsp/gal...add 1 crushed IAL per gallon to steep for at least 30min before use...Shake well....

Usually the IAL turn the water more amber colored-Oak leaf will turn it yellow at first then brownish......

How long did you let the IAL steep.....the longer they steep the more tannins released the darker the water....Also, don't use water over 110F since the heat can destroy the antibacterial/fungal properties.....
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #9 
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i let it steep for about 20 hrs. i didnt take the temp of it when i added the IAL, but it was probably about 100 if i had to take a wild guess
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Wow...20 hours...it should have been more of an amber color by then....try another one in a glass of dechlorinated water and let it steep and see if that one is a different color....
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