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Old 07-27-2011, 09:42 AM   #11 
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Hey Ofl, I was wondering, I usually keep a big jug of IAL water, I boil up some leaves and tear up some and make a mix.. Then I add this to my tanks plus a leaf or half in every tank.. Is that too much? Like an overdose lol!?
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:27 AM   #12 
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I wouldn't boil the leaf...that will kill all the antibacterial/fungal properties....You can use warmer water to speed steeping or release of the tannins...but you don't want to go much over 110F...I don't think you can overdose natural products......I keep jugs of oak leaf tannin steeping all the time....it will pick up a smell but I have done multi test and experiment with it and it has never caused any problems.....
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Alright, thanks OFL! :)
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:55 PM   #14 
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the guy behind canada.com betta told me to boil water and steep the IAL bag in water thats around 50 degrees celcius for 30 minutes. theres that method and just putting the bag in the tank for a while. is there any perfect water temperature to steep the IAL bags?
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:03 PM   #15 
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Ofl said as long as it's not over 110 (43 C) it's fine. :)
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:05 PM   #16 
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Nothing wrong with boiling the leaves...its just that high heat kills the antibacterial/fungal properties......I wouldn't go over 110F with them if you are using the tannins for a treatment/medication....
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thank you, how long should the leaves soak if they're boiled?
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