Indian Almond leaves are essential to dart frog keepers looking to raise tadpoles. Also known as also known as Katappa, Catappa, Tropical Almond, Sea Almond or Katappang leaves, they are commonly used by fish and shrimp keepers for conditioning water. Dart frog keepers also reap the benefits of Indian Almond leaves when raising tadpoles. The leaves release tannins into the water, that have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The tannins will also affect the pH value of the water (depending on the hardness of the water) and color the water brown.
There are several ways you can use Indian Almond leaves to way to raise healthy tadpoles.
Direct – The easiest method is to simply break off a small piece (approx. 1″) of Indian Almond leaf and place it in the water with the tadpole.
Tadpole Tea – Place 1 Indian Almond leaf into a cup, then add 1 cup of boiling water. Allow tea to cool, and use this water directly with your dart frog tadpoles. You can repeat this method with a single leaf, until the tannins no longer discolor the water brown. The darker the color, the stronger the tea will be. Store the extra tadpole tea in the fridge, just be sure to allow it to reach room temperature prior to using it with tadpoles.
Black Water Extract – This method will make a large amount of tannin concentrate, that can be stored in the fridge for months. Just be sure to allow it to warm to room temperature prior to using with tadpoles. Place approximately 30 Indian Almond leaves into a large pot with 4 liters (1 gallon) of fresh, clean water. Allow the leaves to steep in the water at room temperature for at least 24 hours. You may want to weight the leaves down until they become water logged. The following day you can boil the leaves for approximately 20 minutes. Then allow the mixture to cool and stew for another 24 hours. The following day you will want to boil the tea one more time for 20 minutes, and allow to cool and stew for another 24 hours. Now you can remove the leaves, and strain the water if you wish to remove the small debris. Simply run the tea through a coffee filter, cheese cloth or even nylon stockings. You’ll notice that the water is now completely black. You can now use this black water extract to make tadpole tea. Simply pour approximately 1-2 ounces of the extract into 4 liters(1 gallon) of fresh water, to make a new batch of tadpole tea.
Once you’ve extracted the tannins you can compost the leaves, or feed them to you isopods.
Indian Almond leaves now available for shipping within Canada.