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PostSubject: Alder Cones   Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:50 pm

Does anyone else use Alder Cones and what benefits/negatives do you find with them.

I currently use one cone for every 15l of water and for me it reduces my pH by 0.2 to 0.3. At this rate I find the tannins only cause slight discolouration, personally I prefer the tea colour tint tannins can add. As for thier anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities has anyone found it to be true?
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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:17 pm

never used them. Seems a few people do though. Not even sure we have access to them here in Aus

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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:21 pm

Jo from Rare Aquatics might be able to shed some light on whether they are any good for anything other than reducing the ph, as i think they sell them and so she might know more about them...??

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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:23 am

I use them, especially for hatching Nothobranchius guentheri eggs.

They lower the pH - a litlle bit -, but in addition, has sort of bacteria, which prefents fungus.

By the way, there is an interesting experiment done by a Swedish aqarist: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pmdd.se%2Fzoopet%2Falkottar%2F&sl=sv&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:08 am

Here in aus we use something different that pretty much adds the same benefit. Indian Almond Leaves when dried out and soaked make a great addition to aquariums. They also add a great effect to river biotopes. They are also used in betta breeding tanks, apparently they release chemicals that help stimulate breeding and keep the fish healthy

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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:57 am

I know Indian Almond leave, we call it Tebang leave.
Same, but quite expensive over here. Price could be up to US$ 1.20 per leave.

Although Alder Cones are available, but I have to go further and further as highways are getting closer and closer to the forests. In order to avoid any pollutants getting into my tanks, I prefer to go to rural areas.
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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:40 am

mmccannon wrote:
I know Indian Almond leave, we call it Tebang leave.
Same, but quite expensive over here. Price could be up to US$ 1.20 per leave.

Although Alder Cones are available, but I have to go further and further as highways are getting closer and closer to the forests. In order to avoid any pollutants getting into my tanks, I prefer to go to rural areas.
Check these out Mary, Amy does a very quick supply.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380394544924?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
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PostSubject: Re: Alder Cones   Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:21 am

Thanks a lot Ziggee! cheers
Reading the item description, I have learned that there is such a thing, as aquabid. Wow! I will check that too.
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