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Old 09-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #1 
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Got my IAL's yesterday! Now what?

What do I do with my new IAL's now that I have them? Id prefer not to have the actual leaf in the tank...wasnt there a way to use the juice? I have 4 3 gallon betta tanks, how much do I put in there? Any suggestions?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:11 PM   #2 
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get a food safe container
fill with warm conditioned water
crush a few leaves (I usually do 3)
leave in container to steep.
it should be a nice dark dark brown in 24 hours.
you can then store it somewhere for use. I'm not sure of the expiry period >.>
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #3 
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You can also use a fine mesh bag. They work really well. I use oak leaves. I fill the bag, tie it closed and toss it in the tank. After a week or two I take it out and replace the leaves. Easy and no mess.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:59 PM   #4 
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get a food safe container
fill with warm conditioned water
crush a few leaves (I usually do 3)
leave in container to steep.
it should be a nice dark dark brown in 24 hours.
you can then store it somewhere for use. I'm not sure of the expiry period >.>
I believe for boiled extract it'll last for up to a year in an airtight jar, but should be used within 2 weeks(?) when opened or should be frozen.


Recipe for Blackwater:

- First you need a bag of Low Grade Indian Almond Leaves.

- Next you need a pot big enough to hold at least 1 gallon of water, but the bigger the pot the more extract you will produce.

- Put 50 Indian Almond leaves for each gallon of water inside the pot.

- Fill the pot with clean water.

- Let the leaves soak in the water for 24 hours. It's best to put some type of weight on top of the mix or leaves to stop them floating.

- The following day boil the pot of leaves or blackwater mix for 15 - 20 minutes.

- Put to one side and let it cool and stew for another 24 hours.

- The next day boil the pot again for 10 - 15 minutes.

- Once the water has cooled you will notice that the water is black with a very strong fragrance.

- Filter the blackwater extract through a coffee paper filter or again an old pair of tights. This is to stop any undesirable matter from getting into the blackwater extract.

- The Indian Almond Leaf blackwater extract can now be poured in to plastic or glass bottles, sealed and stored in fridge or somewhere dark and cool.

Recommended Dosage : 1 ounce per 1 gallon of water.


Source: http://www.bettawan.com/blackwater_mix.html

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:09 PM   #5 
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thank you all so much, and thanks babystarz, that sounds great! very informative!
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:39 PM   #6 
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For future it may be easier to get the extract like Atison's Betta Spa. I have used this and I have used the leaves. I like having the leaves in the water (for 3 gallons I would use a piece about the size of your thumb) but if you don't like that idea it would be way less work to put a few drops of extract in.
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