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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Maple leaves for betta?

I have heard mention of adding maple leaves to acidify water. I went out and collected some fallen ones from they yard and popped them into some dechlorinated tap water. They've been outside for a few months, buried under snow for a few weeks, and constantly wet here in MD.

Can I add them to the betta tank? His fins are tattered (a rescue) and i have heard that acidic water helps with restoration. Right now the tank is sitting at 7.6ph according to my test kit.

And I know all about gh and kh, mineral content, ect. I just want the tannins to make my boy happy and I'm too cheap to buy IAL.
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Betta would benefit more from frequent water changes and upping the temp, for conditioning and tattered fins.
I don't know about maple leaves, but dried banana tree leaves do wonders for my bettas, and there is also elder pine cones that contain tannins and may be cheaper for you?
I don't know the availability of them in MD.

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Thank you for the reply. Temp is nice and high, and I do water changes about once a week (tested the old water today, after the water change, nice and ammonia/nitrite free). He's in my plant grow-out tank so they do a lot of the heavy lifting.

I got impatient and placed a small bit of leaf in the tank with the betta (about 1 inch squared). I placed the rest of the leaf in my 20 gal community. So we will see. Everything online suggest slowly adding leaves.
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Wish you luck.
I know people use oak leaves, but don't know about maple (hee hee-The Oaks and The Maples).
Sounds like your betta will thrive in the conditions you are providing it

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Yes I have heard of oak leaves being used never maple, I us Indian almond leaves or you could get some antisons betta spa it has IAL extract in it and it's a water conditioner
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