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Old 05-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #1 
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Alternative IAL substitute

I haven`t seen these mentioned on here, so thought I would make a post.

The common substitute for IAL around here is not oak leaves or rooibos tea (recently found out that the tea is actually discouraged by Japanese breeders because it only gives color - rooibos is colored by natural pigments and not by tannins. I guess it has incredibly low tannin levels.)

The preferred substitute are Alder tree seed pods. The ones that look like little pine cones.
Like these; (Picture not mine)


Dry them out, shake the seeds out, and you can make really great water. These may be easier to get than oak leaves for some people.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:10 PM   #2 
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Are those these? lol. They are itty bitty- quarter sized or smaller?
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #3 
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Those look right. They are pretty small, but are solid so last for a long time in water... Leaves tend to fall apart pretty quickly so need changed a lot.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #4 
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Interesting!! I've never seen nor heard of them.
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Those ones I took a picture of grow on the mountain above my house around the lake, I could easily get a ton of those lol. Cool beans
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what about pine cones, would they work??
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I don't think so..
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #8 
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what about pine cones, would they work??
Pine tends to have a lot of resin, so I wouldn't dare risk it. I would only use something that is confirmed to be safe, like oak leaves or these.
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