The leaves of the Indian almond tree Terminalia catappa L. have long been popular in the aquarium and especially for shrimp and betta fish lovers. On the one hand, the Indian Almond tree leaves contain important tannins and humic substances, which can help in case of problems (or prevention) with fungus on shrimp, and on the other hand, the Indian Almond leaves are a great decoration in the aquarium and on the surface over time and through the Decomposition process cultivating bacteria and microorganisms, which are eaten by the shrimp. Even the decaying leaves themselves are especially prized by crayfish as food.
Effect of Indian Almond leaves:
The active ingredients of the Indian Almond tree leaves (including tannins) have a mildly disinfecting and fungicidal (against fungi and spores) effect. That’s why you can be use very well Indian Almond leaves to e.g. prevent fungus and molting/skinning problems in shrimps and crayfish.
The pH value of the aquarium water is lowered only very slightly by the Indian Almond tree leaves, the total salt content (total hardness) is slightly increased. The water can, as with many other leaf species, after a while get a slight / minimal amber tone, but always remains crystal clear.
Dosage of Indian Almond leaves:
Size Nano: 2 – 3 leaves for about approx. 40 l aquarium water
Size Small: 2 – 3 leaves for about approx. 60 l aquarium water
Size Medium: 1 – 2 leaves for about approx. 60 l aquarium water
Size Large: 2 – 3 leaves for about approx. 100 l aquarium water
Size XL: 1 – 2 leaves for about approx. 100 l aquarium water
Simply lay the Indian Almond leaves on the water surface. After 1 – 2 days, the leaves are soaked in water and slowly sink to the ground. Alternatively, the Indian Almond tree leaves can be well weighed down with a stone, which then holds them in place on the ground. In addition to their effect, Indian Almond tree leaves also provide a very decorative sight in a natural aquarium.
After 2 – 3 weeks the effect is exhausted, but nevertheless the Indian Almond leaves should be left in the aquarium. The leaves that decompose over time are eaten by the shrimp and crabs to the last detail.
The Indian almond tree leaves are a hand-picked natural product and the dimensions/sizes may possibly differ slightly for one or the other leaf.