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Has anyone used Terminalia catapa as an additive to their fish tanks? The leaf is sold commonly and used in some way I do not yet understand to act as an anti-bacterial for fish in water. Lots is sold on eBay and they do not explain what it is for, assuming that anyone reading the ad knows already! I have a betta and I think he could use a general "tonic" like this but I want to hear from y'all first!
 

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Hi,

I'm using the Catappa (Indian Almond) leaves for my two betta tanks. They can also be used for other tanks. They create a natural environment for the bettas by providing a blackwater environment. It also provides the tannins and the minerals that help soothe them, based on what I read.

Here are some links that I have read before:
http://www.agroforestry.net/tti/T.catappa-tropical-almond.pdf
http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Terminalia_catappa
http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-use-Indian-Almond-Catappa-Leaves_W0QQugidZ10000000004008374
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/blog.php?b=93
http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=41676
http://www.fish-keeper.net/worldofbettas/index.php?showtopic=85

Good Luck.
 

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Re: Terminalia catapa ("Indian Almond")

I've used it for breeding Apistos as well, it seems to help but not absolutely necessary. It will also 'stain' your water from the tannins.
 
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