Banana Leaves In Aquarium?

Latrell

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I read a lot of info about banana leaves being beneficial for a planted tank and sick fishes...I have a banana tree that's about 7 inches tall and I would take a whole dried out leaf and put it in my tank ..... what are some pros and cons of me doing this
(It's a 20 gallon high planted tank with a lot of fishes and snails it's literally in my bio......)
 

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I think it has to do with the tannins it releases, ive seen them used in black water tanks, but not sure if they’re all the same or safe?

Wont help with anything if you’re specifically treating sick fish.
 

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Bannana leaves are similar to almond leaves. The leaves likely will lower your Ph and release tannis. Some sources suggest they have medicinal benefits for fish but it is hard to substantiate these claims.
 
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Hondacivic said:
I think it has to do with the tannins it releases, ive seen them used in black water tanks, but not sure if they’re all the same or safe?

Wont help with anything if you’re specifically treating sick fish.
Hondacivic said:
Another method I would do is I soak the leaves in garlic water for a day then drop it in the tank for the sick fish it helps with the medication a little.
Asomeone said:
Bannana leaves are similar to almond leaves. The leaves likely will lower your Ph and release tannis. Some sources suggest they have medicinal benefits for fish but it is hard to substantiate these claims.
That's what I read online but haven't seen any physical proof until I started trying it out for myself
 

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I really love botanics in my tank, they are just the perfect match to my apistogrammas. They get stimulated and breed when I make a litter of leaves, pods, seed etc... There is a bit of the down side when you add botanics, and this is the excess of organics, therefore frequent water changes are require.

All these wonderful botanics are meant to be (but not on) to recreate amazona biotopes, so tanis is the main component here. When the botanics starts to decompose, they look amazingly beautiful as it does really recreate an amazona biotope.
 

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Banana leaves are used as a botanical in blackwater and shrimp tanks. They release beneficial tannins and are also a food source for micororganisms and invertebrates such as shrimp and snails.

Persimmon, oak, guava, mulberry, magnolia, and loquat leaves are some other aquarium-friendly botanicals.
 

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Yep agree, shrimp love banana botonicals.

Latrell said:
That's what I read online but haven't seen any physical proof until I started trying it out for myself
I use IALs and find they do help injured fish to heal easier and I like the tannins they release. All my tanks have varying degrees of tannins. My soft water fish love them.
 

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This "was" my previous biotope, where it was loaded with botanics. You will be able to see the eggs from my apistogramma borellI opal in one of the pods. It was a very nice set up and the fish were breeding constantly, as I mentioned before, the downside is all the organic matter released into the water column, as well it does alter the water chemistry, hence major and frequent water changes.
 

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