Catappa Leaves Indian Almond Leaves for Aquarium Health Care(Dry)
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Catappa leaves are the leaves of the Catappa tree. Since a long time ago, in the aquarium field, we call these leaves “Indian almond leaves”. It's better to call them Catappa leaves (scientific name: Terminalia catappa). Actually, It has only distant-relationship to "Almond trees". The Catappa leaves are used in the fish tanks to affect the chemistry of water directly. In addition, some people use Catappa leaves to make an appearance aesthetically.
Benefits of Catappa leaves
Putting Catappa leaves into the fish tank, your fish canbenefit in many ways. When adding Catappa leaves to your fish tank, you can see the changed color of the water. Leaching tannin into your water is the reason. Tannin can reduce the pH value of water.
A well known matter is that Catappa leaves protect your fish from bacteria and fungus. Since a long time ago, Asian people have known this secret. Also, using Catappa leaves is popular among betta breeders.
Scientific researches have revealed successes of Catappa leaves in aquariums. Hobbyists and breeders have firmly believed that the Catappa leaves do protect from bacterial and fungal infections. Also, Catappa leaves are a food source of fish. When the leaves break down, they are often covered in biofilm to provide food. Apistogramma fry and small plecos are particularly interesting
Fish from the Black-water rivers can definitely benefit from it. The reason is that the Catappa leaves help to improve pipe water just like natural water. The Catappa leaves reduce the pH value and create an improper environment for fungus and bacteria. This is advantageous to fish because they come from a black water environment and are often improper in dealing with fungus and bacteria. In the aquarium, Bettas and Apistogramma species are beneficiaries of the Catappa leaves.