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Old 06-22-2011, 10:17 PM   #1 
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Indian Almond Leaves?

Besides being used for treatment for disease/illness, what are indian almond leaves used for? What do they do - do they relieve stress, or what?

(I believe they are also used in breeding bettas?)
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:14 PM   #2 
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well linda told me that IAL also takes out the stress of the fish especially when they ship it out to you from thailand. some breeders use IAL water in their bags.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:18 PM   #3 
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IAL are used for the tannins and to color the water so it more closely resembles a betta's natural habitat. The term "IAL" is also used to irritate the heck out of betta owners who can't find the darn things anywhere.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:30 PM   #4 
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Also called "Cattapa" leaves... They leak tannins and blah blah, destress, leech nutrients, bond with heavy metals, soften the water and reduce harmful parameters in a tank.

Dont add too much, itll nuke your pH to a low level. Also, in very hard water (i think hard, anyway), it works less effectively, and more is needed.
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