Almond Leaves

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by Krishs Bettas, 20 Aug 2009.

  1. Krishs Bettas

    Krishs Bettas Member

    Do they lower the GH and KH of the water.
    I know they make the water turn a golden brown colour. So would a black carbon pad get rid of that colour?
  2. JamesC

    JamesC Member

    Bexley, Kent
    I would say they lower KH by releasing acids, but I doubt that the GH would change much if at all.

    The carbon would most likely remove the colour but also would probably also remove the other compounds released by the leaves so in effect neutralising the effect of adding the leaves anyway.

  3. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

    They are also claimed by some to have an anti-bacterial property (something peat is also claimed to do). For this reason I wouldn't use carbon if you have them. If you want leaves with less tannins then use some beech or oak leaves (I have used Red Oak - an american species often grown in parks over here - which are larger and look more tropical).

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