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    as i was drinking tea and looking at my tanks i thought what would happen if i poured my tea into the tank.
    well i knew that if i poured it in i would get tea coloured tank water that everyone wants.
    and then i went into specifics.
    tea is pretty much dried leave water right? i dont think that can harm my tank.
    caffeine is one thing that poped up. but i thought if i put a couple spoonfuls of tea in a 20g tank, there isn't enough caffeine to diffuse around in my tank. besides i could use more active fish
    i am actully now thinking about giving it a try.
    what do you guys think
    Last edited by vafa; 12-30-2013 at 12:02 AM.
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    I have heard of using dried oak leaves to darken and soften water in a freshwater shrimp tank but never tea as in out of the bag. If you do decide to try it, keep us informed.
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    I'm thinking of getting some organic tea. after I make it put like 1/8 of a cup that has been conditioned with prime in my tank. Then see how my fish react and if I need to I'll be ready for a big water change. Anyone have a problem with going ahead and trying this. Remember I'm not putting a tea bag in there

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    I'm not one for experimenting with things in a aquarium if there is a chance you could effect the health of your fish (either long term or short term).

    Perhaps you do a little research and find out what type of leaves are commonly found in the waters were your are found in nature and give those leaves a try rather than some tea you can purchase at the local grocery store or have in your cupboard at home.
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    I use oak leaves and pecan leaves for decorations and to add tannins. They'll probably add more tannins than any tea would, plus they grow bio-film that most small fish love to pick at. Just go pick up some clean dry oak and/or pecan leaves that are away from pesticides or herbicides, rinse them, and toss them in. They'll float for a bit, then they'll sink. You want leaves that are dead and brown, not fresh green leaves.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    Indian almond leaves work great, good seller on eBay from like Indonesia, I use the leaves in all but my 75 and they work great for adding tannins to the water

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    Quote Originally Posted by vafa View Post
    what would happen if i poured my tea into the tank.

    what do you guys think
    What's the point?
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    What's the point?
    You'd get darker water which changes the looks. You get tannins which some fish enjoy.

    personally I'd go for indian almond (aka Catappa) leaf or bark. Same effect with the added bonus that it prevents a whole lot of nasty things.

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    Yes, I understand black water and tannins and their benefits and wasn't asking for an explanation to that. The OP seems to want to experiment with his fish to see how they would react to tea and mentions the possible effects of the caffeine with the stained water a secondary benefit of his curiosity. So I am curious, what is the point of his experiment.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    I wouldn't experiment with animals in your home. Totally unnecessary.

    Get catappa/Indian almond leaves or some alder cones. Alder cones are superb if you want tannins...they release loads and stain the water readily.
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