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Old 01-13-2011, 08:47 PM   #1 
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betta almond leaves

is my water supposed to look this way? it's ugly...


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Old 01-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #2 
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Yes it is... it turns brown because of the tannins released by the leaves. When you remove the brown (the tannins) then all the beneficial properties will be gone too...
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so this is actually making my betta healthier?
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:33 PM   #4 
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It's controversial whether it makes them healthier... it does simulate their natural habitat and many (including myself) see improvement in their betta's overall health when using it. Here's a site generally discussing IAL and what many believe. In the end you'll have to make your own decision about its beneficial properties.

http://www.indianalmondleaves.com/aquariums.php
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my betta does actually seem more alive and swim faster once i put it in there. i'd say it is for the good.
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A couple of my girls had clamped fins and the beginnings of fin rot.. after a couple days in super concentrated IAL water they recovered completely! I keep IAL in their tanks all the time now. If you want to make it look better then I suggest decorating with a natural feed to it (driftwood, lots of plants). Then the brown water looks like it should be there.
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do i still need to use water conditioner along with it or can i just forget about that all together?

im gonna be using them as infursia for my new fry once they come and after 2 weeks start feeding them the live baby bring shrimp, then onto bloodworms/pellets.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:41 PM   #8 
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yea im eventually going to clean up the tank, but right now its the breeding tank for the fry so im gonna start getting it ready for that. but i am gonna eventually be putting substrate/live plants in it once the fry are all grown. i will probably have like a couple female betta in there and maybe some crabs/snails and some tetra in there. along with my squidward house which i can't wait to see. im gonna be putting the live plants in there for the breeding though. infusia from that as well right?
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I'm not 100% but I don't think IAL produces infusoria. Live plants definitely do though.and yes you'll still need to use water conditioner to remove the heavy metals.

I thought it looked like a breeding tank lol. Good luck on your spawn :D
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:05 PM   #10 
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yep thank you. it's my first time but i've been doing tons of research. somehow missed cycling of the tank, but finally figured that out. i am gonna be adding live plants and then put a piece of shrimp in there. only thing i cant find out is when to test the water, since i think i have a limited amount of test supplies. i know you need to watch for spikes/falls of ph levels and nitrite/nitrate but when do you know? i think ill leave the shrimp in there for like 5 days, then test the levels and if they are at zero then i should be good right? then a few days later test the nitrate and see if it eventually goes back down to zero? well anyways, yeah i figured almond leaves weren't enough to feed so im gonna get some live plants.
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