Indian Almond Leaves
10 Pack of Indian Almond Leaves
There are so many benefits to using Indian almond leaves for your betta. JVBetta’s premium Indian almond leaves are high quality and guaranteed healthy for your betta fish. Buy Indian almond leaves for sale today and offer your beloved betta fish a healthier, longer life.
What Are Indian Almond Leaves?
Indian almond leaves are also known as catappa leaves, almond leaves, and even fish leaves, shrimp leaves, hermit crab leaves, and betta leaves. These leaves come from the Terminalia catappa tree which is also called the Indian almond tree. In nature, these unique leaves fall from the catappa tree into lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, and other bodies of water. As the leaves break down and decay they release tannins. As these tannins darken the water, the water becomes more acidic, softer, and healthier for the fish and other aquatic animals that live in these bodies of water. These same leaves can be used in betta aquariums to produce similar results.
Why Use Indian Almond Leaves for Betta?
There are so many positive properties of catappa leaves. They can create a healthy and natural blackwater environment for your betta and other fish as well as shrimp and other aquatic species.
Benefits of Indian Almond Leaves:
- The tannins released as catappa leaves break down darken the aquarium water and provide much needed privacy for new, shy, nervous, anxious, breeding, and sick betta fish.
- These tannins have antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost bettas’ immune systems and even help them heal faster.
- Indian almond leaves also contain a flavonoid called quercetin which is associated with anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Indian almond leaves also benefit spawning betta fish and new fry betta fish. Use Indian almond leaf tea to set up a breeding tank quickly and add a leaf. Your male betta fish may enjoy using the leaf to create a safe place for the fertilized egg and fry. You may notice him creating his bubble nest under the leaf.
Where to Buy Indian Almond Leaves Near Me?
You probably won’t be able to find Indian almond leaves for sale at your local pet store. For the best quality, fresh Indian almond leaves, shop online at JV Betta! Our catappa leaves are high quality and safe for betta fish as well as other fish and aquatic species, even the creatures who eat these leaves like shrimp and hermit crabs.
How to Use Indian Almond Leaves for Betta?
Always rinse off the leaves before placing them in your tank.
The simplest method of using catappa leaves for bettas is by just placing them in your tank. They float for several days before sinking.
You can also boil the leaves or add hot water and steep catappa leaves to create a tea or extract to add to your tank. Brew to your desired color and allow to cool before adding to the water during the next water change. Strong brews are often considered Indian almond leaf extract. There isn’t really a specific recipe or technique that is best. Boiling the leaves in water may work faster and produce a stronger extract versus brewing the leaves more like tea. You can let them sit longer to get a stronger formulation as well.
Allow the tank to slowly adjust to a blackwater environment if you are concerned about the pH change. Do this naturally by just adding a leaf to the tank, making your Indian leaf tea weak, or make it strong but only add a small amount during water changes. Monitor the pH by testing your water.
How Many Indian Almond Leaves Per Gallon?
This varies depending on the size of the leaves. For our large full size Indian almond leaves add one or two leaves to a 10 gallon tank. Starting with one leaf is a great way to monitor how it affects your fish and water. For smaller betta aquariums, cut the leaves in smaller pieces.
How Long Do Indian Almond Leaves Last?
Catappa leaves can continue to provide all those beneficial properties to your tank while it breaks down. A large leaf can last around 2 months. You can remove it before it breaks down entirely and replace it with a fresh leaf or allow it to decompose completely.
Other Aquatic Species and Fish That Benefit from Indian Almond Leaves
Any fish that lived in a blackwater environment in their native environment will benefit from Indian almond leaves. Snails and shrimp may even enjoy eating the catappa leaves.
- Cory catfish
Buy catappa leaves for sale today! Our Indian almond leaves can be ordered online and shipped to your doorstep. Reduce stress and promote a healthier tank and a healthier betta fish with these tannins for bettas!