Indian Almond Leaves - Planted Tank Mates

Indian Almond Leaves

7” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

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Terminalia catappa

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4-7″

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

Great for shrimp tanks or as a natural way to soften water and bring down PH.  Sometimes used in Beta tanks for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Notes

Shrimps love to munch on Indian Almond Leaves (catappa leaves).  Once submersed, they rest at the bottom of the tank for months, providing sufficient area for grazing.  They do leach beneficial tannins and can turn your water murky brown / yellow.  You can minimize that by pre-soaking it in a cup and doing a few light rinses.

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Description

7” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

1.5" | TDS 120-160

PH 6.2-6.9 | KH 0-2

2.4" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

3” | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 6-8 | Aggressive

Content

Terminalia catappa

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4-7"

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

Great for shrimp tanks or as a natural way to soften water and bring down PH.  Sometimes used in Beta tanks for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Notes

Shrimps love to munch on Indian Almond Leaves (catappa leaves).  Once submersed, they rest at the bottom of the tank for months, providing sufficient area for grazing.  They do leach beneficial tannins and can turn your water murky brown / yellow.  You can minimize that by pre-soaking it in a cup and doing a few light rinses.

Caridina Cantonensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 74

PH: 6.2 - 6.9

dGH: 4 - 6

dKH: 0 - 2

TDS: 120-160

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Some recommend Caridina to be in species only tanks.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Stability is key.  Caridina shrimp are very sensitive to water changes prefer softer and acid waters.  Keep cooler water temperatures and avoid heavy c02 injection.  Minimize changes.

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.   Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections. Available on Amazon

Poecilia reticulata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Endlers, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Guppies in general are one of the most hardy and therefore popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.  Avoid other fish that would nip on their fins.

Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil - Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

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Trichogaster Ialius

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Same species as the Dwarf Gourami but with a different color pattern.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Puntigrus tetrazona

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Semi-Aggresive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

 Cories, Loaches, Platies and Rad-tailed sharks.  Avoid Bettas, Guppies, Gouramis and small snails.

Notes

Fin Nippers!  They may also nip at slower moving fish or fish with long-flowing fins

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