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Old 08-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #1 
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Indian Almond Leaves

I just ordered 5 large Indian Almond Leaves from ebay from a seller in Singapore. I want to put half a leaf into my betta's 5 gallon tank during times of stress and sickness. I read the seller's description, and she said that she washes them, so does that mean I can just rinse them off in cool tap water and add them directly to his tank? Or should I wash them off a bit in boiling hot water? What is the shelf life for these leaves?

My betta has a mild case of fin rot right now. I heard that these leaves help heal that too. Is this true? In any case, I just ordered them a few days ago, so it'll probably take close to 2 weeks to get here. I wish I had ordered them sooner since I need them right now, especially since I moved him to a new location this morning (same tank) and he's stressed about it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:30 AM   #2 
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Hello, and Welcome, I just received my IAL, and I ordered it from E-bay around 3 weeks ago, they are huge, but I hear the best way is to crush em, and add them to premixed, conditioned water in a gallon jug size, (water jug) and let sit until steeped, like tea color, and add that to the tank, or QT tank, whichever you are using..But yea it takes a while to receive. for now, are you treating with anything else?
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #3 
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Thanks for your reply. I'll try that when I get them. Right now I haven't tried anything else other than increasing water changes. Clean water has cleared it up in the past, but if it gets any worse, then I plan to add aquarium salt. He's had it for 11 days now, and the red at the ends of his fins are slowly going away, so I'm hoping they will heal soon. I'm sure the Indian Almond Leaves would help speed that up when I get them.
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