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what are the benefits in haveing almond leaves for CRS?

Just wonderin if almond leaves will help..
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It grows beneficial bacteria for them to eat and lower the ph
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do the CRS eat the leaves or will they fall apart and clog my filter
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from experience, they dont just fall apart. more just melt into nothing and are eaten... takes a long time for sure

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do the grade of the leaves affect the benefits to the water
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The water will turn tea colored.
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do the grade of the leaves affect the benefits to the water
Not that I can tell. I think it's all based on thickness and whole-ness of leaves. I bought mine from Fleabay, grade D. I paid more to ship them then I did on the leaves themselves, and the ones I got were huge, full leaves. A few had a couple of holes in them, or weren't perfectly flat, but, still quite effective. Each one takes about 3 weeks to break down in my aquariums, and the first week or two, my water is so brown you can barely see through it.


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Not that I can tell. I think it's all based on thickness and whole-ness of leaves. I bought mine from Fleabay, grade D. I paid more to ship them then I did on the leaves themselves, and the ones I got were huge, full leaves. A few had a couple of holes in them, or weren't perfectly flat, but, still quite effective. Each one takes about 3 weeks to break down in my aquariums, and the first week or two, my water is so brown you can barely see through it.
will the water eventually clear?
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With water changes, absolutely. If you don't want the tea stained water, or the attributes that come with it, you can soak the leaves in a separate bucket, or boil them for an hour or two to remove the tannins, then toss them in the tank. They break down a bit faster, but leave your water clear.


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