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Has anyone use Ketapang leaves?
I bought some for the first time and my discus and blue rams are more active than ever.:checkedout: It seems to release the smell of tea which makes me drool. :twisted:
On the side note, my tank water has yellowish tint but all the fish love it(Remember, most of my fish are from Amazon.).:) None of the fish I own are from hard, alkaline water so I got an advantage to use it to replicate their habitat.
Ketapang leaves also act like peat or blackwater extract but this one's cheaper than any of the two as I can get the leaves in our garden anyway.:crazy: I have used blackwater extract before and it was expensive.:blueworry:
I asked my friends locally and one of them has trees with the same leaves. I didn't know I could just get some for free considering I never knew we also have a tree which has leaves I can use for my tank.:mrgreen: Now, I can get a lot anytime without spending a cent.:checkedout:
P.S. I'm getting a CO2 tank system soon. *Gulp* :checkedout: Should be good enough to make a heavily-planted tank.:welldone:
WOW, going high tech planted. COOL. Make sure you upgrade the lights as well.
The benefits of the leaves look good. The only BIG problem I can see is any decaying plant would increase the amount of ammonia. Unless you have shrimps in the tank to eat the leaves, I would avoid using the actual leaves. I would just stick with the extract or use driftwood.
I do intend to upgrade the lighting.:mrgreen: Should be done this November and then I'm rescaping my tank.:crazy: I do have shrimps.:thumbsup: Will add more as soon as I'm done with the rescaping.:)
New pics should appear probably by December.:mrgreen: :checkedout:
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