You will be receiving ten (10) large Indian almond leaves also known as catappa leaves. These leaves are an essential part of breeding and keeping freshwater shrimp. Although, they are also beneficial to bettas, Apistogrammas and Corydoras species for their healing properties and ability to lower the pH.
When asked, “What is the most essential part to a successful shrimp tank?” we will always respond with three key factors: leaf matter, java moss, and a piece of driftwood. As far as leaf matter goes, there are many options. We have been using Indian Almond Leaves (IAL) exclusively in our tanks since 2010. We have experienced their benefits, including antibacterial properties, antifungal properties, additional hiding places and most importantly a constant food source for shrimplets.
Often times, hobbyists will use Indian Almond Leaves to simulate black water conditions. They do this to simulate the natural environment of the specific shrimp or fish that is being kept. IAL's help lower the Ph in aquariums due to the release of humic acid and tannins into the water column (this will change the color of the aquarium water). Tannins are what will help fight and sometimes treat both bacterial and fungal problems in the aquarium. Some say, IAL are a great source of calcium as well and will aid in the fertility of the shrimp or fish.
With all this being said, Flip Aquatics will continue to use Indian Almond Leaves in the future year as an essential part of breeding shrimp. Also, Indian Almond Leaves do have many common names including: Ketapang Leaves, Tropical Almond Leaves, Sweet Almond Leaves, Wild Almond Leaves, Sea Almond Leaves, Catappa Leaves, etc.
A perfectly good set of leaves. I think I might prefer catappa but that's personal preference. They arrived quickly, are a nice size, and make both my betta and cories happy :)
Purchased some Indian Almond leaves and Alder cones from my lfs and some from Amazon, but for some reason it never tinted the water or lower the PH. I’ve purchased these from Flip Aquactics in the past and the work great everytime.
Definitely worth the money. They were way bigger than ones I had gotten from a previous seller. Love the quality and service this store provides every time
The guys at Flip Aquatics came through for my shipping needs! Super happy with my service!
The leaves are doing great. I placed 2 in my 40 gallon along with some alder cones and I love the look it has brought to the tank. Hoping it helps with some fungus I have on two of my tetras which I’m trying to heal without meds. Time will tell. Thanks Flippers.