The leaves of the Teak tree (Tectona grandis ) have long been used in the same way as indian almond leaves (Terminalia Catappa), remedies include :
hardening of scales
burns off fat
Tectona grandis is native to southeast Asia, mainly Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Burma and thus their leaves are widely used by South Asian Tropical Fish breeders and keepers.
The coloration of fish is greatly improved and thay have very positive effects on strengthen the fishes' scales. They maintain the water PH level and serve as a natural antibiotic. They also dry up the fat on most fish, resulting in more muscle making your fish more athletic and agile.
Unlike the Indian Almond leaves, Teak leaves do not colour your Aquarium water the same way, the colour is much lighter so they are ideal for Aquarists who want the benefits of Indian Almond Leaves with out the tea stain colour.
We have several Teak trees that grow around our village and the leaves are harvested and treated just as carefully as our Indian Almond leaves and are free of pesticides and harmful bacteria.
Due to their size Bettawan's Teak Leaves are sold in weight rather than set amounts of leaves. This is purely for shipping purposes to so that we can keep the cost of the leaves at a very reasonable price. If any customers would prefare whole 100% perfect leaves please email stating numbers required and we will come back to you with a price.We suggest that you cut the leaves into manageable sizes once you receive the leaves and use the same dosage as you would with Indian Almond leaves. We suggest that you cut the leaves into manageable sizes once you receive the leaves and use the same dosage as you would with Indian Almond leaves.
The leaves will absorb water for 2 - 3 days (you can speed this process up by pushing the leaves under the water), they will slowly transmit their active constituents to the aquarium water over a period of 7 - 14 days. The leaves can then be taking out and replaced with new leaves.
Aquarists also use Teak leaves to mimic the natural conditions of their fish in their aquaria. Simply adding Teak Leaves to your aqurium will release compounds by the leaves which alter the chemistry of the water, making the aquarium more similar to the habitat from which the fish hails. Due to their size they are ideal as leaf litter in vivariums.
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