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Catappa (Indian Almond) Leaves Bundle

Catappa (Indian Almond) Leaves Bundle

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INDIAN ALMOND LEAF BENEFITS

1. ANTIFUNGAL

Indian almond leaves possess mild antifungal properties.

When used over a long period of time in the aquarium, they can help to keep fungus at bay by contributing to a blackwater environment.

However:

The antifungal activity of IAL is relatively mild, so it is best used as a preventative for fungus in my experience.

2. ANTIBACTERIAL

The tannins in the leaves may help to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria in your tank.

There are some interesting studies about this effect as it relates to betta fish.

Basically, at the right concentration, the extract showed promising antibacterial effects in the study, where it was used as a bath, and tested against aeromonas strain bacteria (the kind that can cause red leg disease).

Incidentally:

Some fish breeders in Asia will use Indian Almond Leaf to help increase survival of fry.

3. SOURCE OF FOOD FOR SNAILS AND SHRIMP

As the leaf ultimately decays in your tank, it becomes a nice snack for scavenging critters such as shrimp and snails.

It's a good idea to keep these little janitors in your axolotl's aquarium with these leaves, because they will help clean them up as they rot and prevent them from doing more harm than good.

 

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