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Old 05-15-2006, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK...I'm looking to get two things to give them a try. In particular I want to get...

a. Indian Almond/Ketapang leaves. My CRS and Diamond's in one tank with Soilmaster for substrate are breeding OK. My CRS in an Eco Complete tank are not. My thought is to add these leaves to lower pH and hopefully help breeding. Food and temperature are identical, which is why I want to adjust pH.

b. Montmorillonite rocks. There is a source in Culver City. They are known to enhance the coloration of shrimp. Not sure how. Worst case...it will absorb impurities in the water (Maybe this is how it helps?).

Anyone interested?

I'd prefer San Diego area, but would be willing to split and do a single shipment from one major area to another for distribution (LA/OC to SD, or SD to LA/OC). After all...shipping is probably cheaper than gas!
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is the cheapest source for IAL (Indian almond leaves) IMHO. I have never actually bought from them before but the price is much better than my LFS which sells 3 for $1. 100 leaves for $28 shipped is a pretty good price :

http://cgi.ebay.com/100-Tropical-Ind...QQcmdZViewItem
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Here's another one for $26 shipped for 100 leaves:

http://cgi.ebay.com/100-Leaves-India...QQcmdZViewItem

You wouldn't find anything cheaper online IMO
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Yeah, I had looked at those. Which lfs sells them?
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405 Tropical fish and Pets on Goldenwest street. The leaves are larger than your hand, dried, and sealed 3 in a bag and $1 per bag. How large is your tank Mike?
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Sorry to hijack but on the topic of group buys. I talked to Aqua forest in SF and they would be more than happy if we could do a group buy from them. They carry ADA products and really rare plants. I was thinking of doing a rare plant group buy from them. I asked for a list I might have it by tomorrow.
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Oh man....more rare plants on a group order....I think Im gonna have to buy a new tank AGAIN after i just bought one a couple weekends ago!!! How about a group buy on aquariums?(i kid i kid)
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Quick question (don't mean to hijack the thread) Is it legal to bring Indian Almond/Ketapang leaves back to the US? I think this would be cheaper though:

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Nuts/Indian%20almond.htm

Does any local nurseries carry that tree?
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I tried to find out if this tree is available and I don't believe it is. I know it is considered an invasive tree. If it is available in the US please enlighten me.
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The Keptang tree is pretty huge and it's avaiable in parks, steets, EVERYWHERE in the Asian countries. People just go and pick up the leaves and dry it. Those lucky punks =P. As far as I'm concern, I haven't seen any Indian Almond tree in my area of Huntington Beach/Westminster. Here's more information on IAL and its uses:

http://bettysplendens.com/articles/p...?articleid=898

I don't think it's legal to bring the tree into the United States without some sort of certificate or whatever. I belive 405 Tropical Fish imported their Indian Almond leaves.
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