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Old 02-27-2013, 04:51 AM   #1 
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What size piece of an IAL should I be putting in a 2.5g tank? I guessed a 2"x2" square, but I really don't know.

How often should I change it out? I have heavily planted tanks. Should I just leave the old one in there to break down, or should I remove all the bits of the old ones?

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:08 AM   #2 
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I'll do a whole leaf for my 2.5g and it colors the water nicely. Since I don't have my home 2.5g tank with substrate, just floaters, I'll take my leaf out when it's gooey.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:45 AM   #3 
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I have a similar bare-bottom setup with floating plants. If, a day after my weekly water change, my water doesn't get as dark as I want, I'll replace the IAL. Sometimes weekly, sometimes every other week.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #4 
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I have a 3 gal hospital tank with the floor totally covered with IAL. I just let them degrade all the way. It keeps the water pretty dark, but my sick fish like it that way. :) In my other tanks, I take the leaves out when they go gooey, as was said, or when the snails and shrimp eat them.
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