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Old 03-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #1 
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Indian Almond Leaves

I got my order of IAL today. Could someone tell me what I need to do next ? Do I just rinse it then put a piece of it in the water? Do I rehydrate prior to adding to my tanks?

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:51 AM   #2 
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Smile Indian Almond Leaves

Hello Min,
I found this article on Indian Almond Leaves.

http://www.indianalmondleaves.com/aquariums.php

It seems pretty thorough.
I was going to post it, but it is wayyyy too long!

The author is a betta fish veteran with experience with IAL.

Elizabeth
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:04 PM   #3 
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Great link Bob!

Ive been thinking of getting some IAL just to make my betta "happier". Im not sure tho since my tank is not cycled and im too much of a noob to really "get" my water test kits. I just rely on doing full water changes.

Do u think i could add a leaf to my 5g tank with no harm to my fish? OR should i let a good thing alone?
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:43 PM   #4 
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I prefer using an almond leaf extract added to the water, myself. But lots of people are more fond of the leaves. It's a matter of personal preference. Just make sure to remove any carbon from your filters.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:48 AM   #5 
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Since posting this I made a tea out of the leaves. The leaves would start to mold & I just didnt want that in my tank. The tea is working out great! No worries about mold.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:47 AM   #6 
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I didnt know about Indian Almond Leaves!!! Something else for me to think about.

Argh!!!

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Old 04-28-2010, 07:55 AM   #7 
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I recently put some almond leaves in my betta's tanks and they loved it!!! They're much happier, more active, and they've been building more bubblenests!
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:07 AM   #8 
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I love how it makes the water that pretty amber color. Only thing is it stained my silk plants. My guys love it though.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:29 AM   #9 
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I use native Oak leaves instead of IAL, I gather the fallen leaves from my trees and they work the same way and have the same action as the IAL...and they are Free...

I keep lots of native Oak leaves in my rainwater buckets outside and I like to use this water for spawning Bettas and Tetras...plus a great place to gather all the yummy critters to feed my fish too.

As long as no pesticide, poisons, pollution-native/natural fallen Oak leaves are safe to use.
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Great tip.
As usual, there is more than one way to skin a cat ... or fish.

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