Before we talk about Indian almond leaves betta fin rot, let’s look at something real quick.
Indian almond leaves are used by Betta fish experts for a special purpose. The leaves are known to have beneficial effects on the fishes. When kept together in the Betta tank, these leaves will release a certain chemical that will keep your Bettas happy and healthy.
Indian Almond Leaves Betta Fin Rot
The leaves also known as Ketapang or wild almond leaves in some places, comes from a tree known to produce a chemical that defends itself against insects and parasites. When the dried leaves falls into water, a strong brown dye is given off. The dye contains organic acids humic and tannin. The water which is darken to a yellowish brown (tea-like color) after a few days, is very similar to your Betta fishes’ natural habitat and they will love you for it
Humic and tannin from the Indian almond leaves lowers the pH of the water, absorbs harmful chemicals and help create a soothing and calm environment for the fish. I use the leaves to help settle my Betta fishes when I first bring them home from the aquarium, which can be quite a traumatic journey for the fishes. Even Bettas can get ‘sea sick’ sometimes … you will know it when their body turn pale and rest on the tank floor all the time.
The leaves can also be used to treat bacteria infection and help the Bettas recover from injuries. Some people have used it to increase breeding frequency. The first time I discovered the healing qualities of the leaves was when one of my Betta won’t eat for a few days after I brought it home. Then a friend recommended I put a square inch of the leaves into the tank and let it soak overnight. The next day, my Betta was sucking the blood worms like there is no tomorrow!
To use the Indian almond leaves, I would recommend one palm size leaf to 10 gallons of water. Soak the leaf overnight in the water and you will see the water turning brownish the next day. If you are helping your Betta fish recover from sickness, then cut one small piece of the leaf and leave it in the tank for a week.
There should not be any side effects with using these Indian Almond leaves. But if should you see any abnormal behaviour of your Betta fish, then immediately remove the Betta and transfer it into another clean Betta tank.
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