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Old 06-22-2011, 05:41 PM   #1 
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Indian almond leaf turns clear water to brown

hello, i cut my indian almond leaf to half. from 5 inches to 2.5 inches and I have a 5g tank. my clear water turned to brown. is that ok? and when should I change the water?
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Yes it's ok it's just the tannins being released from the leaf. It's good for your betta. Is your tank cycled?
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Yes it's ok it's just the tannins being released from the leaf. It's good for your betta. Is your tank cycled?
yup. it's cycled. I have the marineland hex 5g tank.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:05 PM   #4 
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I forgot to say thank you... :)
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Yeah its supposed to make your water brown, that means its working XD... You didn't need to cut the leaf though, you could have just put in the entire thing. Change the water as you would regularly and the leaf every fortnight but many people leave it for longer.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:15 PM   #6 
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That is what you want and what the Betta likes....the longer it steeps the more tannins will be released the darker the water....however, make sure you have the replacement water for water changes tanned with the IAL too...especially with 100% water changes...with partials its a good idea too....but not as critical...depending on the amount of tannins and pH changes......

Fresh active carbon will remove the tannins and so if you are using carbon in the filter you may want to take that out.....

Are you using the IAL for treatment or to keep your Betta in tanned water.......
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That is what you want and what the Betta likes....the longer it steeps the more tannins will be released the darker the water....however, make sure you have the replacement water for water changes tanned with the IAL too...especially with 100% water changes...with partials its a good idea too....but not as critical...depending on the amount of tannins and pH changes......

Fresh active carbon will remove the tannins and so if you are using carbon in the filter you may want to take that out.....

Are you using the IAL for treatment or to keep your Betta in tanned water.......
I used it coz i heard it's good for them. thank you for the tip.
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