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Old 03-29-2011, 04:09 PM   #1 
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Indian Almond Leaves

Can you get IALs at an Asian grocery mart (granted, not all stores are the same)? There is one that I live kind of close to and I'm not used to ordering stuff online. I haven't had the need to use them yet, but they seem useful and I don't want to be in need of some without having any. Also, I heard banana leaves work just as well...thoughts?
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:40 PM   #2 
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I'm not sure, you could go in and look around, or ask an employee if they carry them. I think they're great to use even for healthy bettas! I've also heard banana leaves are great (the person I ordered my IAL from even threw in a free sample of banana leaves, but I haven't used them yet), but I don't know if there is a particular kind of banana leaf that is best.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:52 PM   #3 
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Do you just put these in the tank? How does this work.

Sorry newbie question:)_
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:57 PM   #4 
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Yeah, you just put them in the tank. Works like a tea bag in a sort of way...they soak and your water changes color a little bit. The tannins go from the leaves to the water and does its thing from there. You change them out after a while ad can put in new leaves.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:20 AM   #5 
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I just throw them in the tank. If you don't like the look of leaves in the tank, you could steep them in your water change water for a few days. People also talk about making a black water extract by boiling the leaves, but I've heard that the high heat can inhibit the beneficial properties of the leaves.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:14 PM   #6 
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:41 PM   #7 
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You don't want to boil them, boiling can get rid of a lot of the good stuff in the leaves. I usually put them on low low heat and let them hang out for a couple of hours
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