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Indian Almond Leaves ( Terminilia Catappa ) - IAL

Most Asian breeders of blackwater tropical fishes, use Indian Almond ( also known as Ketapang or Sea Almond or Seemandelbaumblatter or Terminalia Catappa ) leaves in their tanks. As they are well known across Asia to be one of the best water conditioners to promote healing and breeding amongst fish.

Studies have shown that Indian Almond Leaves leache many beneficial substances and not only tannins when submerged in water. When soaked in water these leaves will leach a strong brown tea colour dye that is full of organic acids like humic acids and tannic acids. These may be useful for inhibiting many types of bacteria as well as to detoxify harmful heavy metals found in the aquarium.

They are known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacteria properties. By just putting a few of the leaves into their tank Betta Splendins can be induced to spawn. By adding the leaves in their quarantine tank, fish suffering finrot or injuries (such as spawning injuries) will definitely benefit from having the leaves in there. Southeastern Asia, betta breeders usually add a dried leaf into their breeding tanks to provide a surface for the bubblenest and to leach substances that protect the fry from diseases. As the leaves decay, they also provide detritus to grow extract-resistant infusoria for the babies.

Besides Betta's, Indian Almond leaves are also ideal for discus, gouramis, killiefish, tetras, arrowana’s, angelfish, South American dwarf cichlids, corys, plecos, some rasboras some cat-fishes and crustaceans.


After we have gathered the Indian Almond leaves they are stored in our dry room. The IAL are then gently washed, we then sun dry/ press the Indian Almond leaves, the Indian Almond leaves are then boxed and stored. When we get a order we then un-box the Indian Almond leaves and clean them once again, using a soft brush, making sure there are no signs of dust, small insects/eggs, seeds, soil, mould or moisture. We then bag the Indian Almond leaves in plastic bags and box them ready for shipping. We use sturdy boxes provided by the thai post office...these boxes cannot be sealed. They have a lip that slots into a flap on the side of the box. String is then tied around the box to stop the box from opening in transit. We state on the box and the package the contents. (eg. Aquatic Goods : 100 Dried Indian Almond Leaves " Terminalia Catappa"). Customs seem to be happy with this way of posting as all customs have to do is untie the string and check the contents. If ok they retie the string and send the parcel to customer. Todate, we have only had 2 of our parcels stopped...both where in Australia....1st time I had put a 1 instead of 11 in a customers address....2nd time one parcel was confiscated by AQIS due to leaves having traces of dirt on them...in both cases leaves where replaced free of charge.

Price includes shipping via airmail from Thailand to the address of your choice. Upon confirmation of payment through PayPal, the leaves will be dispatched via airmail usually taking 10 - 14 working days. We will also send via email attachment, 2 pictures of the leaves boxed and unboxed and a copy of the post office receipt to confirm postage.

We are members of several tropical fish forums and have supplied the leaves to customers in  Australia, U.S.A., Canada, Europe, South Korea and Japan.

If you need any more information please call +66 (0)56 204172 or email : wan@bettawan.com