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#25 Weirdkid

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:18 PM

Well, I'm thinking of giving this a try later on but a few questions. How much would you add per gallon?

Also from reading the first post are these the right steps?
1. 1Gallon of water + 20 Leaves
2. Bring it to a boil
3. Leave it to rest over night
4. Remove leaves
5. Add leaves to another 1 Gallon of water over night
6. Boil original mix down to 1 Liter (May I ask why?)
7. Do steps 2, 3, and 4 for the second gallon?

Please fix what's necessary, pretty sure there's something wrong with it.

Thanks!

#26 tenwood

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Posted 15 May 2007 - 02:51 PM

QUOTE (Weirdkid @ Apr 27 2007, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, I'm thinking of giving this a try later on but a few questions. How much would you add per gallon?

Also from reading the first post are these the right steps?
1. 1Gallon of water + 20 Leaves
2. Bring it to a boil
3. Leave it to rest over night
4. Remove leaves
5. Add leaves to another 1 Gallon of water over night
6. Boil original mix down to 1 Liter (May I ask why?)
7. Do steps 2, 3, and 4 for the second gallon?

Please fix what's necessary, pretty sure there's something wrong with it.

Thanks!


Looks good, I think I will tweak this recipe a bit by adding dry banana leaves. I have read and seen betta breeders put dried strips of banana leaves with the bettas. Some have mentioned dried banana leaves have some healing effects on bettas.

Of course, adding a third ingredient would make Betta Potion 69, thanks to Asian Betta Alliance.

#27 Bettafan

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 09:20 AM

I have used banana leaf in my mix as well.

#28 RevPaco

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:17 AM

So here is some newbie thought. This IAL is a leaf? And also is it like a natural buffer/trace element ?
Where can I get said Leafs?

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#29 Weirdkid

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:56 PM

You can order them online. Some betta websites, AB, or eBay.

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (Weirdkid @ Sep 30 2007, 03:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can order them online. Some betta websites, AB, or eBay.

Order from Amy Lim; I think she doesn't have to pay as large a seller's fee on AquaBid although she sells on both. She's REALLY nice, she's got good prices, and her leaves are clean and beautiful. They were in my mailbox a week after I ordered them.
I'm going to try my own take on Betta SPA as soon as I use up my bottle. I keep 2.5-gallon jugs of conditioned water available, so I'm going to add aquarium salt (which contains trace amounts of CaCl) and a little yucca extract (maybe 1/4 tsp./jug). I'll also add one of Amy's "baby" leaves to each tank once/month and remove them after about a week or so. That pretty much covers Betta SPA's ingredients, plus aquarium salt has other trace minerals as well, so I think I'll be ahead of the game for less money. I like the idea of the leaves gradually releasing tannins into the water, plus it's easier for me to store flat leaves than yet another large jug.
BTW, Amy has banana leaves as well, but only on eBay.

Edited by fourchette, 30 September 2007 - 02:30 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2008 - 01:11 PM

Sorry I'm so late on this but I have a question. I saw it asked above but it never got answered and as the mother of two rescues I'd like to start implementing IAL in some form. Boiling it down seems to be a good way to do that!

So how much is it per gallon? I only have two betta right now so there won't be much demand I imagine...at least until I become a crazy addict and get more XD

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE (Marji4x @ Apr 20 2008, 02:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry I'm so late on this but I have a question. I saw it asked above but it never got answered and as the mother of two rescues I'd like to start implementing IAL in some form. Boiling it down seems to be a good way to do that!

So how much is it per gallon? I only have two betta right now so there won't be much demand I imagine...at least until I become a crazy addict and get more XD



I have never measured it. I just add enough until it turns the tank a light tea color.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:07 PM

Oh good, that's very convenient....I'm tired of having to remember measurements XD

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 10:46 PM

wow
thats ALOT of bettas

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:26 PM

I know this is an old thread and it might be one of those dumb questions but I want to make this stuff so do you use the small leaves or the large ones?

Edit: Never mind...I just got my order and saw the size of the leaves. The "small" ones will fill up the pot as it is (I got them from Amy)...I can just imagine trying to boil the large ones.

Edited by Flashygrrl, 25 August 2008 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 06:07 PM

To also poke up an old thread, I am doing half recipe. 10 leaves, 1 liter, same way.... can I add salt as a preservative? Of so how much?




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