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Almond Leaves

I saw Dalfed mention this elsewhere, and I didn't want to hi-jack a thread, so...

How long do Almond Leaves last, and how much do they change water chemistry? I realize that depends on your tap water parameters, but is there a noticeable effect for the typical liquid rock most of us have? I used to use a couple of maple (?) leaves strictly for looks/cover for my dwarf cichlids a few decades ago, but I've been reading about almond leaves a lot of late and was thinking of giving them a try.

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Re: Almond Leaves

I think the break down depends on several things. Plecos for one will eat them. it is like driftwood for them, but more tender. Otherwise I would say i see it starting to decay in maybe three weeks? I never pull mine as the plecos chew them and the macs hide under them. I toss a few more in weekly.

I dont really pay attention to the difference in the params, as I use it for tannins for my fish. I would say maybe a drop from PH 7.0 to 6.2? I am aiming for lower to be honest.

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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Re: Almond Leaves

The amount of drop will be based on size of tank and how many leaves you put in. Knowing Bev its a small tank, and so it may be fairly easy in a small tank for the ph to respond. I guess it just depends on your objective, tannins in the water or a lower ph...or both.

Although I can't verify, the lowering effect could be based slightly on the hardness of the water. I have to think about that for a minute.



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The amount of drop will be based on size of tank and how many leaves you put in. Knowing Bev its a small tank, and so it may be fairly easy in a small tank for the ph to respond. I guess it just depends on your objective, tannins in the water or a lower ph...or both.

Although I can't verify, the lowering effect could be based slightly on the hardness of the water. I have to think about that for a minute.
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All the leaves are brown… ? Seriously Fish a good read
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Re: Almond Leaves

That was the very article that got me looking at leaves again!

Chemistry and herbal tizanes aside, I like the look of leaves and find many small cichids (among other fish) would rather hide under a leaf than in a cave.

I won't worry too much about chemistry then, I was only worried if two almond leaves gave 50 gallons of water instant mosquito repellant blackwater properties. (ok, slight exaggeration...)

Thanks everyone! Keep enlightening me!!
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The amount of drop will be based on size of tank and how many leaves you put in. Knowing Bev its a small tank, and so it may be fairly easy in a small tank for the ph to respond. I guess it just depends on your objective, tannins in the water or a lower ph...or both.

Although I can't verify, the lowering effect could be based slightly on the hardness of the water. I have to think about that for a minute.
40 gallon breeder, sir. May not be a large 125 but its not a bowl Nyaaaaa

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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