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Old 01-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #11 
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I would beware of the banana leaves.

They tend to use a lot of pesticides on the bananas to keep bugs from laying eggs into the fruit.

Where did you buy these banana leaves? In a supermarket?
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #12 
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Banana leaves are used by some.. almost the same properties as the IAL.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:33 AM   #13 
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I have never used banana leaves, however, if they are food grade they should be safe to use in the aquarium.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #14 
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banana leaves

hi i have try babana leaves when i first start to bread bettas they do work u can cut up some and leave some of them in large strip too i even crush some but make sure they r safe to use , where i live 90% of plants n trees r safe to use i have even try small pices of fruit
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Hmm. I will have to experiment on my own with these, banana, oak, and IAL.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:57 AM   #16 
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Using the leaf itself has some added benefits for fry-The leaf help provide cover, help create microorganisms for fry to eat, have antibacterial/fungal properties to name a few.

If you want to make an extract-I would use 1-3 large leaf per gallon of water-crushed and allow them to steep naturally. The longer they steep-the more tannins release-the darker the water. I like to use a clean 1gal milk jug to steep my tannins.

You don't want to use water over 110F-since high temps kill the antibacterial/fungal properties. High heat will help the tannins to release faster-but personally, I like the added benefit of the antibacterial/fungal properties.

You can't use too many or overdose with IAL since its a natural product.
now after u make the extract do u have any idea of how much gal of water it can be added to coues i'm thinking of useing some with my males all so in the jars any help will go a long way
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