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Finding alder cones locally

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Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:56 pm
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I just bought some from that ebay link. Got them in the mail today. They're a lot smaller than I thought they would be, but they do say they are tiny. How big are the ones everyone else gets? Do you boil them before you put them in the tanks?

Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:10 pm
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Reading from various sellers on line, smaller cones release more tannic acid into water than large cones. Boiling cones would likely resulting in humic and tannic acid reacting with water. Without these acids released from cone, pH will not drop in tank. Also, these acids have very weak anti-fungal and anti-bacterial actions.

Boiling cones would not prevent young shrimp from using cone as shelter.
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