Terminalia Catappa also known as Indian Almond leaves provides many benefits to Betta Fish. Before we jump into them, here are some interesting facts about Indian Almond Leaves.


The origin of the tree is unknown. It might be from India, the Malay Peninsula, or from New Guinea. The tree can grow up to 35 meters tall. It has a symmetrical and upright crown with horizontal branches, with the crown becoming more flattened as it grows older, forming a shape like a spreading urn. The tree’s leaves are huge, reaching from 15 to 25 cm long & 10 to 14 cm broad.


They are ovoid and leathery with a shiny, dark green appearance. Indian Almond leaves are dry-season deciduous, which turn yellow-brown or pinkish-reddish before it falls.

Fights Bacteria and Fungal Diseases

Betta breeders use Indian Almond leaves to help limit the fungi on the water that can cause the betta eggs to spoil. In addition, these leaves have antibacterial properties that minimize the odds of bacterial infection and improve Betta Fish health.


Natural Environment Benefits for Betta Fish 

In addition to their antifungal and antibacterial properties, breeders use Indian Almond Leaves in their tanks to mimic a more natural environment for their Betta Fish.


Encourage Breeding Conditions 

Indian Almond Leaves stimulate breeding conditions and can even help harden the scales of the fish. Thus helping to minimize the presence of skin diseases & pathogens that resulted from bacterial infections.


Releases Tannic Acids to Lower pH Levels 

Indian Almond leaves have huge amounts of tannic acids. With tannic acids, the pH level of the water on your tank will significantly lower, based on the leaves’ hardness levels.


You will probably not like the yellowish water due to the acids but you can remove it simply with stimulated carbon or lots of H2O changes.

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