Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

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Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby pkattitude » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:31 pm

Hi friends,

I wanted to know if almond and banana leaf are the only option in a betta tank?

Has anyone tried any other plant's leaf?


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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby jibran_shariff » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:39 pm

you can try jack fruit leaves
even they work quite well
or you can try small pieces of uncured driftwood
used tea powder


you can pretty much use any dry leaves, but these will not last long, and might not have enough tannic acid

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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby Neeraj » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:45 pm

try peat in you filter
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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby juanico » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:52 pm

cacao leaves have similar effect as almond leaves.
same applies for oak leaves and alder seeds...but do not know if those grow in india

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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby pkattitude » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:56 pm

Thanks guys -- that helps a lot

Does this mean that I can literally use any leaf?

Why I am asking this is because I would like the leaf to be smaller or equal in size to the betta itself. I have a scape in mind that would make sense only if the leaf is smaller say not more than 2-3 inch in length...
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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby Romi » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:08 pm

pkattitude wrote:Thanks guys -- that helps a lot

Does this mean that I can literally use any leaf?

Why I am asking this is because I would like the leaf to be smaller or equal in size to the betta itself. I have a scape in mind that would make sense only if the leaf is smaller say not more than 2-3 inch in length...


Hi Keshava, i hope you remember, we met at Vijjy's place.

I want to let you know that trees/plants that yield a milky sap when you break the leaf off, should NOT be used. This 'milk' is usually dangerous and you can see even cattle will not graze on them, forget fish tolerating them. So when you break the leaves for use, observe closely. I have a guava tree in my front yard and its leaves are usable.

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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby jack » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:24 pm

pkattitude wrote:Thanks guys -- that helps a lot

Does this mean that I can literally use any leaf?

Why I am asking this is because I would like the leaf to be smaller or equal in size to the betta itself. I have a scape in mind that would make sense only if the leaf is smaller say not more than 2-3 inch in length...


If you want small leaf try cutting the leaf and placing in the tank +1 with not using the leaf with milky content its dangerous.
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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:04 pm

Jack fruit tree leaves are best option for you. Anybody need leaves, I can provide free of cost in next meet.
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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby jack » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:19 pm

SCORPIO wrote:Jack fruit tree leaves are best option for you. Anybody need leaves, I can provide free of cost in next meet.



Jack fruit :cnf where the heck i got leaves from ?? :cnf Just kidding dont take me seriously ;) a very busy, tiring and hectic day going at office it happens :roll :LOL
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Re: Are almond and banana leaf the only option?

Unread postby pkattitude » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:15 pm

Romi wrote:I want to let you know that trees/plants that yield a milky sap when you break the leaf off, should NOT be used. This 'milk' is usually dangerous and you can see even cattle will not graze on them, forget fish tolerating them. So when you break the leaves for use, observe closely. I have a guava tree in my front yard and its leaves are usable.


Thanks Romi (sure I remember you :) )... guava sounds like a good option... seems like I am goig to disturb you guys once again?

SCORPIO wrote:Jack fruit tree leaves are best option for you. Anybody need leaves, I can provide free of cost in next meet.


Thanks, will wait for the next meet. One question though... are they small in size?

jack wrote:Jack fruit :cnf where the heck i got leaves from ?? :cnf Just kidding dont take me seriously ;) a very busy, tiring and hectic day going at office it happens :roll :LOL


:roll - that was a nice one...
winter is always a tough time for trees - may be that expains your day at office, Jack :roll
on cutting the leaf - I think that would kill the effect I am trying to create
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