Local Alternatives To Ial?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by fransj, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. fransj

    fransj Valued Member Member

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if there was an alternative to Indian Almond Leaf or oak leaves for my tank, my lfs sells a pack of 3 leaves for $13+:nailbiting:, and there are no oak trees that I have seen around my neighborhood, (northern California suburb). I do have fig trees, an avocado, lemon, orange, plum, and nectarine, and olive trees in my yard, will any of those work? Or does it have to be oak or IAL?
  2. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    Check on Ebay, there are a few listings that are pretty cheap for Indian Almond Leaves.
  3. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

    Fall is almost here and you have so many national forests in N Cal, I would be checking those out for oak leaves in the interior (Less chance of any chemicals etc) In the mean time, I'd keep checking amazon.
  4. OP

    fransj Valued Member Member

    Never trusted eBay, and PayPal has been not good to me, had my accounts taken over one time through them....

    I'd like to go to the forests, but my schedules don't let me go farther than a few city parks... I do have some dutch elm trees up and down my street...
  5. Tiffany_e97

    Tiffany_e97 Valued Member Member

    I'd be very weary of picking leaves off of any tree, you don't know what those leaves have or haven't been exposed to. I personally think it's best to order IAL online. There are many reputable sources to get leaves from. I pay $5.40 for a pack of 20 nine inch leaves.
  6. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    You can go to aquabid, I got a pack of 50 leaves for 14$ shipped (from another country, so it took them a bit). Or I can sell you some of the ones I have, lol, I don't use them that much.
  7. D

    Discusluv Well Known Member Member

    Han aquatics sells various leaves for the aquarium:


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