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Old 07-27-2010, 03:47 PM   #11 
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Do I need to change these with every water change or can I just re-use them? I'll be using them with my male QT betta
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:20 PM   #12 
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I use them until they stop producing tannins to stain the water the color I want.
For treatment I like the stain/tannin to be a dark amber color- so I also keep them in my jug I use for their water changes.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:22 PM   #13 
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Think I'll keep them in my bucket, I'm driving my mother mad stealing her tuppaware lol
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Wow, great posts guys. Thank you so much OldFishLady. I have picked up some aquarium salt, and MAUI is now in a new 1 gallon hospital tank. I will keep changing the water daily, and adding the salt, and have started feeding here strictly blood worms.

I will also goto the Arboretum tomorrow and pick up some clean, dry oak leaves...

Any specific type of oak leaf, (bur, red, white)?

Thanks again for the help everyone, I will post here progress soon!
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:52 PM   #15 
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MAUI in Hospital Tank

A shot of MAUI in her new temp. house.

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Old 07-28-2010, 08:44 AM   #16 
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I thought my female had a bad tail and that was just a little chunk but looking at your girl is just heartbreaking

I hope she recovers soon :)
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Thanks for your support Welsh, ive been doing all I can, so hopefully next week, she can start feeling and seeing some results!

The daily water changes, blood worms, and Aquarium salt seem to be raising her spirit anyways!
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:58 PM   #18 
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I use oak leaves instead of Indian almond leaf-they do the same thing, IAL-you need less of them to get the same amount of tannins than the oak leave and the oak leaves break down faster too-in my experience

Hey All,

I wanted to let everyone know that MAUI has been slowly recover, and I am starting to see some FIN recovery. I will post pics in the next few days when I can see some serious progress.

I have been using Aquarium salt, changing 100% of the water daily and pre mixing everything in dechlorinated fresh water with oak Leaves.

My question is, how many oak leaves do I use? I am using Bur Oak Leaves and pre mix 2-3 in hot water with the rest and then mix colder water to end up with 84'F water.

Wondering if the oak leaves can be re-used, if um using enough and if I should let them soak more before adding my girl to the water?

THANKS,

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Old 08-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #19 
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I use the oak leaves until they stop producing tannins, the number to use is hard to say since the leaf size can vary, so I go by color, I like a dark amber color...so I use anywhere from 2-20....I know not much help....lol.....IMO-not a right or wrong answer, you can't use too many, they will leach more tannins the longer they stay in the water and start to break down.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:41 PM   #20 
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LOL, thanks for the help. I think I will just keep ading them until I reach the right tannin.

I should have grabbed more while I was north.

Also, do you reuse the leaves when you do the daily water changes?
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