Use almond leaves in hospital tanks to help with healing. It is believed the tannin’s released by Indian almond leaves kill bacteria, fungus and viruses, allowing injured fish to heal much quicker.
I also read that breeders in Asia have noticed that fish and shrimp living in waters next to these trees were found to be healthier and more vibrant then those from other waters. It is believed that the leaves release strong antibacterial properties and promote breeding.
Almond leaves contain organic acids like tannic acids, which turn the water a red-brown color just like tea and effectively reduce the ph of your water. They are said to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, this comes in handy when you have a fish suffering from fin rot or when you’re raising vulnerable fry.
Organic compounds like humic acids, flavanoids are released in the water which absorb harmful chemicals. Indian almond leaves contain one flavonoid in particular quercetin. And, Indian almond leaves have lots of it! Quercetin has been shown to offer anti-inflammatory benefits to humans.
In fry rearing tanks, you can use 1 leaf per 40 L (10 us gallons) of water.
Breeders normally use 1 leaf per 20 L (5 us gallons) of water in breeding tanks.
I currently have 2 females Albinos each in there own tub with one Almond leaf and I am happy to say that they are doing much better after 2 weeks. I now use them in my 55g display tank that runs with minimal water changes, through the use of many aquatic and land plants growing inside and outside of the tank (more on that soon), so the leafs add even more natural factors to my water conditioning.
How Can you Use Indian Almond Leaves?
– Add one almond leaf or two to a quarantine tank with a sick fish which will help speed up the healing process.
– When dealing with fish that prefer water that is soft and acidic, Indian Almond leaves can be great at stimulating breeding. The natural tannin’s released by the leaves help reproduce a natural environment and promote breeding.
– Use in fry tanks or breeding tanks as food for small fry, fry and baby shrimp will eat decomposing leafs. They can also be a great hiding spot for fry!
– Use them to condition your water, since they slowly lower your ph it might actually help at keeping ammonia levels under control.