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Old 11-21-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 
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Are Indian Almond Leaves good in betta tanks Does it improve anything
or is it just used for breeding tanks

what are the good and the bad points in having indian almond leaves in Tanks
Please let me know ??


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Old 11-21-2012, 02:19 PM   #2 
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Are Indian Almond Leaves good in betta tanks Does it improve anything
or is it just used for breeding tanks

what are the good and the bad points in having indian almond leaves in Tanks
Please let me know ??


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From what I understand it works as an natural antimicrobial and antifungal for the water and also promotes a healthy fish. Its said to help in the healing of fin rot and tears to the fins. I just ordered some today...I have never used them but I am all about preventive treatment.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:43 PM   #3 
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There are a lot of supposed benefits, though unfortunately, I don't think there is scientific evidence to back up the claims. That being said, many breeders swear by them and they have been used with betta fish in their country of origin for many years, particularly after being used for fighting (which you should never do!!!), or to condition for breeding.

The thing that most people do not like about them is how they discolor the water. I personally like a tannin colored tank, but many people want crystal clear water. Oak leaves are another alternative as they contain similar properties.
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They release Tannins.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #5 
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Both IAL and Oak leaf are 99% the same-they have antibacterial/fungal properties, help toughen fins/scales, ease stress, assist with longevity of the bubble nest, promote colonies of microorganisms, can slightly lower pH over time- to name a few good things the tannins can do for a fish.

As posted-the tanned water is what some hobbyist dislike-Too many leaves breaking down in a small volume of water can get toxic, however, as they break down/decomp-this naturally produces CO2 that can drive the pH down-making ammonia less toxic or converts it to ammonium-the damage occurs when you bump the pH back up with a partial water change or a top off with higher pH water.

The antibacterial/fungal properties can be killed in water temps over 110F

Since tannins are a natural product-you can't overdose it...Safe to use long term.

Tannins can be use for a general tonic, breeding, rearing/keeping fry and medication.
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How many in a ten I am ordering 40 C grade.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #7 
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How many in a ten I am ordering 40 C grade.
It depends on what you want to use it for. As a general preventative, I'd say 2.
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Where's a good reliable place to get those? :0 Don't mean to hijack OP thread :p

Also what would be more easier to take care of? IAL or OL?
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I ordered some from here today. Got this from another thread using the search function.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/250855611675...84.m1423.l2648

I also just found out that the Toronto Zoo has a few trees growing in their greenhouse and my friend who's in charge of it is gonna put a bunch aside for me as well.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:57 AM   #10 
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Thank's For the Info Everyone your info really helped cas here is srilanka we have IAL trees everywhere so its easy to find good leaves or can get it straight from the tree (i mean almost dried ones)


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