You will be receiving forty (40) 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, anti-fungal 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.
All leaves are large and full. I defiantly got my moneys worth it of them.
Much larger leaves than I’ve gotten from other suppliers.
Great huge leaves loaded with healthy tannins!
Humongous Indian almond leaves. Just one in each of my tanks (14 gallon & 25 gallon) has colored up the water nicely. You can cut them up for leaf litter , stash them along the back wall, or just lay them flat on the bottom if you have the space. My shrimp and fish love them. Always crawling on them or picking at them. I have very hard water and the leaves help lower the PH as well. Add to that the antibacterial properties. Great buy!
Fast shipping and high quality products as per usual! Will be ordering again