12-08-2010, 10:03 AM
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the healing properties and the strengthening of the immune system is really the reason I want to try them. My understanding is that since corys, for example, come from the Amazon, then their natural environment is more towards this "blackwater" sort of thing. Of course, the majority of my cories were tank raised.. but still.. Since my tank is only 20 gallons, I was only going to use one or 2 small leaves at a time.. replacing them every 1-2 weeks.
I do understand the notion of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" though.
Regarless, either way I will be getting more live plants, since my nitrates are a smidgen high at 40. My water here has a pH of about 7.6 and the water is very hard. Aside from the continual fight with the gill flukes, they are otherwise doing well. All the fish occasionally flash on my slate rocks, but it's not extremely frequent... was hoping to try the leaves to see if they helped in any way... I am extremely wary of trying any medications since my last attempt almost ended in disaster for 2 of my cories.. The Elegans started to decline very quickly, although the other cories, not elegans, seemed to be fine.