My name is Jeff and my wife's name is Wan, we are based in Nakhon Sawan Province in Thailand. We always use dryed banana leaf as well as Indian Almond Leaves for conditioning and care of our Bettas.
If any of you Betta Breeders/Keepers need any dried Banana Leaves, prices are very reasonable and include postage via airmail from Thailand
Banana Leaf pices in US $ are as follows :
1 x 250g : $25
1 x 500g : $48
1 x 1 Kilo : $90
PM if interested or email me at email@example.com
These leaves are also ideal for gouramis, tetras, arrowana’s, discus, South American dwarf cichlids, corys, plecos, some rasboras and some cat-fishes.
Bit of info regarding Dried Banana Leaves :
Successfully used in Asia for many years, the leaves of the banana plant (Musa sp. var. sapientum) have long been used by successful ornamental fish breeders, in the same way as indian almond leaves (Terminalia Catappa) to prevent and treat diseases such as for example :
Bite injuries, Fungal diseases, Head and lateral line erosion in cichlids, Fin rot, Ectoparasites, Damage to mucous membranes.
In particular, Breeders of Siamese fighting fish, swear by banana leaves and use these with even greater success than indian almond leaves. The coloration of the fish is greatly improved and thay have very positive effects on the fishes' readiness to spawn (especially in Betta Splendens such as Half Moon, Plakat etc.).
The fact that banana leaves are not so very well known may also be due to the leaves not being widely available. Our banana leaves are harvested and treated just as carefully as our indian almond leaves. We have several trees that grow on our land, they are free of pesticides and harmful bacteria.
Add 1-2 pieces of leaf per fish to the water, for general prevention of disease, to improve the colour and to promote well-being.
Add one 9 " piece banana leaf per 3 - 5 l to the water, for intensive treatment of disease or to promote readiness for spawning.
The leaves will absorb water for 2 - 3 days (you can speed this process up by pushing the leaves under the water) slowly transmitting their active constituents to the aquarium water over a period of 1 - 2 weeks. The leaves can then be taking out and replaced with new leaves. Just the same as indian almond leaves, they are devoured with gusto by plecostomus and crustaceans.