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Old 03-27-2011, 06:45 PM   #1 
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IAL question - AGAIN!!! :(

Soooo - I have high ph & hard water. Got some IAL thinking it would help my guys feel more comfortable. Rinsed & put the leaves in & I am planning on changing them out every two weeks as instructed. I was thinking today, though (UH-OH!!! ) that since the leaves lower the ph (don't they?) am I altering the ph every time I do a water change (twice a week)? I assume the leaves are/were doing what they are supposed to since they colored the water.

Guess my question is - am I doing more harm than good using the IAL? Is my ph all over the place using them? Should I discontinue?

Sheesh.....
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I use IAL all the time. I don't really worry about how it alters the pH because it never seems to affect my fish. I leave the leaves in there until they start to fall apart. In my tanks that have snails I leave them in all the time because the snails will eat the leaf.
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I use IAL all the time. I don't really worry about how it alters the pH because it never seems to affect my fish. I leave the leaves in there until they start to fall apart. In my tanks that have snails I leave them in all the time because the snails will eat the leaf.
Thanks so much - that really eases my mind. I get everything about betta care, but the IAL issue has REALLY confused me for some reason!!!!

All my fish are doing fine - with or without the IAL. Was just thinking about fluctuating ph & how dangerous that is!!
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