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Thread: Chili Rasabora

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    Hi All. I just had my first look at the Chili Rasabora, Boraras brigittae in a back issue of TFH and was kind of blown away. I had never seen this species before but i had heard of them. I have never been that interested in Rasaboras in the past but recently I have been considering them since I am setting up a smaller 10 g aquarium. I thought these little guys would fit the bill pretty good. I have started to research them a bit but would like you kind folks on AC's thoughts on this species?

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    They are fun little fish and if you mind the water parameters, they should do well. They do prefer very soft and acidic waters since they come from peat swamps. Lots of leaves would be good since they are so bitty the micro flora are good eats for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    They are fun little fish and if you mind the water parameters, they should do well. They do prefer very soft and acidic waters since they come from peat swamps. Lots of leaves would be good since they are so bitty the micro flora are good eats for them.
    I have never had any experience with using leaves in the aquarium I could picture something similar to what Waylon101 posted in the journal section under amazonian Lagoon. how do you deal with leaves and what kind is best to use?

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    There's lots of leaves that are safe to use, here's a good article on leaves in the aquarium

    http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/a...ll-article.htm

    Personally, i like IAL (Indian almond leaves) the best, many proven benefits for the tank and fish health, and the remnants are easy to remove when replacing with fresh ones

    Here's the ones I always buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9GI2IK...oding=UTF8&me=

    There's many interesting and beneficial botanicals you can use in your tanks, check this site: https://tanninaquatics.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    There's lots of leaves that are safe to use, here's a good article on leaves in the aquarium

    http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/a...ll-article.htm

    Personally, i like IAL (Indian almond leaves) the best, many proven benefits for the tank and fish health, and the remnants are easy to remove when replacing with fresh ones

    Here's the ones I always buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9GI2IK...oding=UTF8&me=

    There's many interesting and beneficial botanicals you can use in your tanks, check this site: https://tanninaquatics.com/
    wow, great information. I had no idea.

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    Yes, tannins are very beneficial to the ecosystem within most freshwater setups...as well as decomposing leaf/botanical matter, that helps grow microorganisms snail fish/snails/shrimp love to nibble on
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    I like oak leaves too. I tried magnolia leaves but they went bad fast so I would recommend for terrestrial not aquatic use.
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    See, I tried oak leaves, but the were just too messy for me...broke up into a million little pieces

    I like how the IAL's remain intact, with just the "skeleton" or veins of the leaf remaining after it breaks down, easy to remove when time to replace

    But some people like that "littered" look with pieces everywhere, just personal preference I guess
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    Never had oak leaves crumble when wet, true you don't get the nice leaf skeleton like IAL do.
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    I use maple leaves and they fall apart compared to IALs, but I don't mind the litter look in some of my tanks. At the moment, I'm watching for parasites, so I have my leaves in pantyhose media bags in the filter output. The fish can't nibble on the microorganisms, but the water stays nice with tannin.
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