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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:51 pm Post subject: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 I  have  been  using  almond  leaves  in  my  betta  nano's.  I  have  been  noticing  that  in  around  2  days  after  a  water  change,  ants  are  attracted  towards  the  tanks  and  can  see  ants  floating  in  it.
 
 Has  anyone  else  faced  the  same  ?  Or  perhaps  there  is  something  else  that's  attracting  the  ants.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:51 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 I  used  to  see  this  in  Summer  where  a  there  would  be  a  ball  of  ants  floating  in  the  water.  They  probably  need  the  water?
 I  am  not  really  sure,  but  this  is  quite  a  normal  occurrence  and  i  have  just  ignored  the  problem.  I  don't  see  this  behavior  in  winter  or  during  the  rains  though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:59 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 Sorry  for  an  offtopic  question:  What  is  the  use  of  almond  leaf  and  where  in  Bangalore  you  get  Almond  leaf?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:35 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 @kaushik
 almond  leaf  is  used  as  a  water  conditioner.
 
 @abhishek
 its  normal,  even  i  have  experienced  it  before.  what  i  do  is  simply  crush  the  ants  by  my  hand  and  feed  them  to  my  guppies  and  mollies  and  sometimes  to  betta  too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:50 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 What  kind  of  almond  leaves  do  you  use?  Is  it  dried  brown  leaves  or  the  brown  live  leaves?  I  tried  some  brown  live  leaves  today  and  soaked  the  leaves  for  about  4  hours,  nothing  seems  to  be  happening..  the  PH  is  the  same  and  no  tanins  as  well.  Please  suggest.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:00 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 @  Harish,
 
 Mostly  hobbyist  use  the  dried  leaves.  I  had  even  helped  picking  the  dried  leaves  from  the  anekal  main  road  when  once  we  had  been  to  a  trip.
 
 Tired  to  pick  the  good  dried  leaves  which  does  not  have  any  sorts  of  patches  (any  disease)  in  it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:01 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 @Harish
   Your  supposed  to  use  the  dried  leaves,.  It  is  used  reduce  Ph  in  water,  aid  in  the  recovery  of  diseased/damaged  fish  and  the  tannin  quickly  colours  the  water.You  can  add  it  to  your  tank  either  by-
 1)Tea  form,  take  alarge  leaf  crumpled  up  into  a  cup,  and  add  hot  water.  Leave  it  to  cool.  Once  cooled  the  water  in  the  cup  will  have  the                        appearance  of  strong  tea.  Add  what  you  need  into  the  tank,  and  keep  the  rest  (together  with  the  leaf  or  the  teabag)  in  the  refrigerator.
 
 2)directly  in  tank,  put  the  leaves  into  your  aquarium.  After  1-3  days,  once  the  leaves  are  completely  soaked,  they  will  be  water-logged  and  sink.  Apart  from  their  benefical  effects  on  the  water,  they  will  tan  the  water  slightly  (to  a  clear  amber)  and  providing  a  very  natural  stream-bottom  look  to  your  tank.
 
 You  do  not  need  to  change  the  leaves  until  they  begin  to  disintegrate  in  about  3  weeks  to  a  month.   If  you  have  shrimps  or  plecos,  they  will  devour  them  when  they  start  to  disintegrade.
 
 Aquarists  also  use  Indian  Almond  Leaves  to  mimic  the  natural  conditions  of  their  fish  in  their  aquaria.  Simply  adding  Indian  Almond  Leaves  (  IAL  )  to  your  aqurium  will  release  compounds  by  the  leaves  which  alter  the  chemistry  of  the  water,  making  the  aquarium  more  similar  to  the  habitat  from  which  the  fish  hails.   
 
 As  well  as  bettas,  these  leaves  are  also  ideal  for  Discus,  gouramis,  killiefish,  tetras,  arrowana’s,  angelfish,  South  American  dwarf  cichlids,  corys,  plecos,  some  rasboras  some  cat-fishes  and  crustaceans,  shrimps  just  love  to  chew  on  them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:39 pm Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 1+  Johnnymc
 
 Good  for  a  Biotope  kind  setup...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:59 am Post subject: Re: Ants in Almond Leaves water Reply with quote

 Thanks  Johnny  and  Shelly.  I  want  to.  use  it  my  Discus  tank.  I  do  daily  water  changes  50  -  70  %.  I  guess,  the  tea  form  would  be  ideal  for  me.  I  would  like  to  maintain  a  ph  of  6.5.  Do  you  think  almond  leaves  would  work?
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   what  i  do  is  simply  crush  the  ants  by  my  hand  and  feed  them  to  my  guppies  and  mollies  and  sometimes  to  betta  too.                

 
 I  am  not  100%sure  but  i  remember  a  senior  hobbyist  advising  against  doing  that  because  ant  and  likes  have  a  complex  protein  which  results  into  indigestion.
 You  may  want  to  read  more  about  it.
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 keep  the  top  of  your  betta  barracks  closed   so  that  they  cant  jump  out  cause  of  the  ants.  .  .lost  too  many  that  way
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 These  must  be  all  male  ants...  check  them  Eyebrow
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These  must  be  all  male  ants...  check  them  Eyebrow                

 
 What's  the  connection  ?  male  or  female  ?  Does  it  matter?
 And  i  will  have  to  take  a  microscope  to  distinguish  between  a  male  and  a  female  ant  !
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   i  will  have  to  take  a  microscope  to  distinguish  between  a  male  and  a  female  ant  !                

 
 I  hope  you  are  18+  if  you  plan  to  check  for  the  ant's  gender!  lol   Chuckle
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