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Old 07-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #1 
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Question Banana Leaf?

With my order of Indian Almond Leaves came a free sample of some small dried banana leaves. What are they used for?

Also if you're looking for a reliable IAL seller, PM me. Despite her warning me they'd probably come late I got mine right when I expected it, and better quality leaves than I was expecting for Grade C.

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:45 PM   #2 
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Banana leafs are good for several reasons.
1. Much like the almond leaf it reduces stress
2. Stops the growth of some types of bacteria
3. Helps reduce the PH in the water
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:58 AM   #3 
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I like the color of banan leaf water better :O
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:03 PM   #4 
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What color?

In hate the weak beer color of IAL.
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LOL banana leaf gives a mild yellow color...like...the color when using the test kit and no ammonia levels show up :)
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:16 PM   #6 
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is there a list somewhere of different types of leaves that can be used?

in hawaii we have both ial and banana. im wondering if Ti (different from tea leaves) leaves can be used with similar effects.
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Ti is NOT what you want to use. It is noxious, if not outright toxic to sensitive freshwater organisms.
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Ti is NOT what you want to use. It is noxious, if not outright toxic to sensitive freshwater organisms.
Really? Cause we use it for cooking and I believe in the past, Hawaiians have used it medicinally.

Maybe something in there is too strong or wrong for fishes. Where do you get your information.

I appreciate your help.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:22 AM   #9 
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Banana leaves are said to be stronger than IAl.It will promote strong colouring to bettas as well.
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Really? Cause we use it for cooking and I believe in the past, Hawaiians have used it medicinally.

Maybe something in there is too strong or wrong for fishes. Where do you get your information.

I appreciate your help.
Right. I use Ti tree oil as a topical analgesic, skin rash suppressor, etc. But...

Some fish medication..Melafix? Bettfix?... include it as an ingredient. Many experienced members of this forum caution against it. Apparently it messes up the labyrinth organ. I've heard snails don't like it much, either.
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