adding leaves to water

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by fishaddiction, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    I have 3 gallon Betta tank and wanted to add 1 leaf to tint the water and such. But what leaf's are ok to put in tanks -maybe one you find around the neighborhood- and how many should you put? Finally what are other benefits (pros and cons) other than making the tank tinted.
  2. Quinn_Lamb98Well Known MemberMember

    i know that one person used almond leaves in her tank, 3-4 i think and that was enough for a huge tank. tanned the water nicely
  3. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    Oak, maple, and Indian almond leaves are good :) I recently ordered IAL for my betta tank and 2 colored the water nicely for a 10g so I would say 1 IAL would be perfect for a 3g!!!

    As for benifits IAL is believes to have healing properties in the tanins (what colors your water) plus it is more natural so the comfert of the betta is maximized :) I catch my betta swimming through the leaves like a giant jungal gym :)
  4. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Indian Almond (aka catappa or (I think) ketapang) leaves are great. They have mild antifungal and I believe antibacterial properties besides the tannins.
  5. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    Where can I purchase Indian almond leaves? Also are oak ok or should I I stick with Indian almond leaves?
  6. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    You can use oak :) if you're just going to coloring oak seems fine but for the added benifits I would go with IAL... also I bought mine on eBay. You can also see if any one here may have some to see you?
  7. AquaristFishlore LegendMember


    Good morning,

    Good link above on Indian Almond leaves.

    I stuff a filter media bag full of Oak Leaves and add them into my tanks. Works great. I get them from my yard. Keep an eye on your pH levels.