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I believe Tetra also makes a Black Water Extract. I make mine by boiling Oak leaves then running it through a sieve. It should be the color of Iced Tea. I brew mine extra dark and then dilute it as needed.
 

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i use aged tap water with black water extract and have no issues...i throw a little moss in the cup with it because it appears as if though they like to take cover with it....these are azureus by the way
 

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People have even used water mixed with peat moss that is allowed to steep.

The reason people use tadpole tea is because the suspended humic acids can reduce bacterial levels in the water and these acids also help to keep ammonia converted to ammonium which is the non-toxic form of ammonia.


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You can buy large amounts of Indian Almond leaves (the best for tad tea IMO) for cheaper elsewhere online than our sponsors. Sorry to break it to you guys but your leaves are a rip-off! I got some online - 100 leaves for $10.
 

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i've used regular oak leaves very successfully and its cheap to gather from pesticide free areas of course. indian almond is highly regarded. i've never used blackwater extract myself for tadpole tea but i know breeders on aquarium fish forums do not like it at all. most saying its junk. i personally have no experience with the extract though. i hear boiling peat moss is very good also but haven't tried it myself yet. i have such high percentage tadpole survival rates using oak leaves that i haven't had the desire to change what isn't broken. if i do experiment i would probably try peat moss next. the almond leaves are incredibly expensive and if you are doing water chages twice a week could start hurting the pocket some. but as i said i haven't used the extracts so maybe it works for some. but i feel a little more secure using the natural tannins in leaves and moss. hope you find what is right for you. thats really most important.
 
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