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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Indian almond leaves

Not quite sure if this is the right subforum, but since the indian almond leaves are in my shrimp tank, I will post it here. I currently have 4 leaves in there but am getting ready to add a couple plants and am running out of room. Rather than have them piled up under a piece of wood, I was wondering if it's possible to take one or two out, dry and reuse later down the road, or is it better, as much as I would hate to, just throw them out?

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If the leaves are thoroughly dried, I don't see the harm in drying them out and saving them. You can always do a quick boil before putting it back into the tank.
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My question is: Is it best to leave the leaves in there if it drops the PH below 6?

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My question is: Is it best to leave the leaves in there if it drops the PH below 6?
That depends on the shrimp that you are keeping....

Having said that, I have Neocaridina (Bloody Mary) and Caridina (YKK and Caridina sp.) in a tank that's measuring around 5.5 pH. A few weeks ago, before changing out the substrate and water/remineralizer, it was around 7.5-ish pH. As far as I can tell, I've only lost one shrimp so far, which was one of the Caridina sp. I may have lost others but haven't seen any other dead shrimp.
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My question is: Is it best to leave the leaves in there if it drops the PH below 6?
In my opinion, that means it is releasing too much tannins and dropping the pH. Take it out and boil it some more.
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