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how do I properly put one of these in my tank? ihave few amano shrimp and iheard they are also good for fish as well. do ineed to inspect them before putting in my tank? can ijust put a portion in first and see how that goes?
 

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thanks. ill probaly start with a small chunk first. how long should ilet it sit in the tank for? a few days?
 

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What I do I boil them for 10-15 minutes and then drop the whole leaf in its totally safe the tannic acid helps with bacterial and fungus. Great for reproduction if your breeding shrimp. Use the whole leaf save the headache of keep putting more. It's not food so don't worry they eat it but it's not like fish food or veggies. Way better
 

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I never remove them, they pretty much go away on their own. After a few months, the main stem is about all that's left.

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If they are from a good trustworthy source, they can be immed. dropped in and left until they degrade completely. You can have as many as 4-6 per 20 gallon tank depending on their size. Some are huge and others are smaller.
 

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A trustworth source for these is important. You don't wants that are potentially toxic. If you have to boil it or soak it in any way BEFORE adding it to the tank, it pretty much defeats the purpose of them in the first place. Just drop it in and let it do its charm! :)
 

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A trustworth source for these is important. You don't wants that are potentially toxic. If you have to boil it or soak it in any way BEFORE adding it to the tank, it pretty much defeats the purpose of them in the first place. Just drop it in and let it do its charm! :)
I would agree totally but you don't know what's out there anymore..... Lots of people are pesticide happy just to kill unwanted bugs or weeds spraying anything in their way. We don't know for sure if store owners actually do the labor for us in boiling sanitizing or destroying any unwanted pesticides or bacteria for us. Now a days I don't trust. I get my own leave from my home or my nursery and do the bidding myself knowingly that I done the procedures myself. We don't know what's out there and should be precautious on what and how we introduce new stuff to our tanks. I worked in a nursery for about 2 years now I see what happens in big agriculture areas wild. State or your city officials spray trees with pesticides to rid of unwanted bugs. U just gonna throw that in your tank?

It's my thoughts cause I been working as a city official for 2 years in a nursery watching how workers work in outdoors. Not what you would expect.
 

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thanks everyone ithink ill boil it first to be on the safe side. and the piece ihave is HUGE. but im thinking of doing pieces from that leaf first
 

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I would agree totally but you don't know what's out there anymore..... Lots of people are pesticide happy just to kill unwanted bugs or weeds spraying anything in their way. We don't know for sure if store owners actually do the labor for us in boiling sanitizing or destroying any unwanted pesticides or bacteria for us. Now a days I don't trust. I get my own leave from my home or my nursery and do the bidding myself knowingly that I done the procedures myself. We don't know what's out there and should be precautious on what and how we introduce new stuff to our tanks. I worked in a nursery for about 2 years now I see what happens in big agriculture areas wild. State or your city officials spray trees with pesticides to rid of unwanted bugs. U just gonna throw that in your tank?

It's my thoughts cause I been working as a city official for 2 years in a nursery watching how workers work in outdoors. Not what you would expect.
True, you can never be too safe but once you find that source that you get from all the time and tried the same method on all your tanks, just let the leaves be and it'll do your shrimps better. Otherwise all the boiling just makes it another object that micro organisms grow on for shrimps to eat, just like a piece of ceramic for example, doesn't go any further than that. The tannins is what lowers pH and supposedly "helps" with breeding :)
 

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True, you can never be too safe but once you find that source that you get from all the time and tried the same method on all your tanks, just let the leaves be and it'll do your shrimps better. Otherwise all the boiling just makes it another object that micro organisms grow on for shrimps to eat, just like a piece of ceramic for example, doesn't go any further than that. The tannins is what lowers pH and supposedly "helps" with breeding :)
The microorganism are usually what the shrimp eat. Usually beneficial bacteria or zoo plankton.

Boiling kills all harmful pesticides, insecticide, fungus and unwanted bacteria. Never know where your LFS got it from. Trust you and only you when dealing with shrimp but be open to opinions too ;)
 

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Is alphaprobreeders a trusted source. I saw they had them and shrimp mineral blocks too. Just wondering about other peoples experience with them. With the shrimp farm changing hands I have no idea where to get shrimp supplies and shrimp from. I live in the boonies in Mississippi. We don't have a LFS within 100 miles except Petco and it's 45 min away.
 

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Is alphaprobreeders a trusted source. I saw they had them and shrimp mineral blocks too. Just wondering about other peoples experience with them. With the shrimp farm changing hands I have no idea where to get shrimp supplies and shrimp from. I live in the boonies in Mississippi. We don't have a LFS within 100 miles except Petco and it's 45 min away.
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