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Post by purplebearman52 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:38 pm

i would love to hear your thoughts on what one you like to use or if you use them at all and why?

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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by silverrabbit on Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:16 pm

You don't mean almond extract as in food flavouring?! I hope you mean the pre-mixed IAL stuff you can buy in shops, lol

I like the leaves
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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by purplebearman52 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:29 pm

silverrabbit wrote:You don't mean almond extract as in food flavouring?! I hope you mean the pre-mixed IAL stuff you can buy in shops, lol

I like the leaves
yes i mean the pre mix lol sorry do you use it all your bettas all the time?

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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by KalandraJane on Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:38 pm

I use the leaves too. You can just tear off a piece and float it in the tank so it infuses gradually, the fish also like to nest or hide underneath it. It's a natural stress reliever and tonic, as betta species in the wild would live in naturally 'black' water from the leaves.

I usually have a piece knocking about in the tank, you don't have to have it in there permanently but it's nice for the fish. I also use a fresh piece whenever I perform a disease treatment to help with stress and bacteria.

You can just remove the leaves once they start to break up and deteriorate, which shouldn't be for a week or so. Or you can use IAL teabags which are brewed and allowed to cool, then you just add the infused water.
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Post by silverrabbit on Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:54 pm

lol!

I have a piece of IAL in each section of my divided tanks, and also a whole one in my sorority (though my BN plecs seems to eat that). I change the leaf bits when they get a bit slimey. If I need something more concentrated, i boil up 2 leaves in a couple of litres of water and add it to the tanks in need (ie quarantine, sick bettas, recently travelled/spawned, damaged fins).

I like the colour it turns the water too Smile
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Post by 2tall on Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:35 pm

I just add a leaf in a closed container(like tupperware) and let it leach until the water is the colour of tea. Then I just pour a tad in when I do larger water changes.

Just don't let the leaves mold in the water if you do it this way though. When its warm outdoors I stick it outside to brew! Like the old sun tea my Mom
used to make!
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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by SiennaBay on Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:43 pm

Do you just get the leaves at the pet shop? I've never heard of almond leaves used like this -- I'm interested. What does "IAL" stand for?
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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by Irish_Lass on Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:16 am

IAL just stands for Indian Almond Leaves.

I prefer the leaves too. They do the job, plus I like the fact that the boys make bubble nests under them. Smile

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Re: almond leafs or almond extract

Post by Mesatalia on Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:57 am

If you're like me and don't have any in your pet stores (my pet stores never even heard of them) then you can get some off aquabid or E-bay for decently cheap.
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Post by silverrabbit on Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:07 pm

There is an excellent seller of IAL/Catappa/Ketapang leaves on ebay - have a lookie at this item number: 380045131149. Amy's leaves are always great
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