Almond Leaves Catappa

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by lisaw007, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. lisaw007New MemberMember

    Hi all...what's the opinion in putting a couple of Catappa leaves in my freshwater tank for the beneficial elements and for natural cover in the tank?

    75 gallon, freshwater, : 3 angels, 3 balloon bellies, 2 dalmation mollies, 2 boesemani rainbows, some danios, 2 catfish, mystery snails, 1 rubber lipped pleco, 2 hatchets, 2 blue german rams
  2. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    It depends, what kind of fish do you have?
  3. AquaristFishlore LegendMember


    Link of interest above.

  4. octopandaWell Known MemberMember

    i think that tannin's look great in a tank!
  5. gypsy32Valued MemberMember


    I bought my first packet of almond leaves a few weeks ago after seeing them mentioned on here many times,

    The instructions said either just pop them straight in the tank & they will soften & sink over time or to boil them for 10 minutes first to release some of the tannins & to make them sink straight away, so i decided to boil mine as i didn't really want my tank water turning brown.

    I got the XL size leaves & it said 1 leaf per 50litres, which seemed alot of leaves as i have a 300 litre tank

    Within a few days of puting (is that spelt right!) The leaves in the tank i noticed my plecos, cories, khulies & shrimp were always hanging around the leaves & sucking on them, the cories have made themseves a little cave underneath a leaf & all 7 of them squeeze under it, its pretty cute, the other fish like my angels guppies & others don't seem interested, but apparently there is some sort of natural antibiotic in the leaf & other beneficial stuff

    My mystery snails seem to really like them as well they will spend hours on the one leaf

    I can't say if they have benefited my fish or not but my fish are all fit & healthy so maybe they are working

    I would give the leaves a try, it can't hurt, if you see benefits then buy another lot, if you don't notice anything different then at least you gave it a try, the instructions on mine say to replace every 6 weeks

    I got mine online they were half the price compared to my lfs but everythings much more expensive in that shop

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  6. lisaw007New MemberMember

    I put 2 in my tank..very large ones, and they over time denigrated..or were eaten..My fish loved hanging out on them..
  7. ScottRValued MemberMember

    How's it effected water color for you all? I want to lower my pH a bit, plus the effects noted above, but am not keen on the browning.

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