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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Usage of Ketapang Leaves for Arowanas ?

"...The brownish-yellow color of black water is believed to contribute to the bright,iridescent colors typical of many black water fish species, including Arowanas. Vibrant coloration may make it easier for species to spot each other in darkly colored water.

Many hobbyists and professional breeders prefer to reproduce black water conditions in their Arowana aquariums. Dried Ketapang leaves are used to promote a healthy environment, induce spawning, and lower the pH of tank water. The natural organic acids released by the leaves may help absorb undesirable..."

Full Article: HERE

" . . . One of the parameters that hobbyist can try to achieve is to provide a generally lower pH values (6 to 6.8) for their beloved arowanas. To Mr Tan, there are no specific pH values for either red or the golden variety. He mentioned also that arowanas prefers acidic and soft water those that contains trace elements like tannic acid. The use of ketapang leaves to create this soft water is highly recommended . . ."

Taken from link HERE

Most of the information presented in this blog are taken from the views of many arowana breeders & hobbyists, traders around the world.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Are Ketapang Leaves for Shrimps ?
Interestingly, ketapang leaves even find a place in shrimps.
In some of the forums, I'm surpised to find the below comment:

" Recently I put some ketapang leaves into my CRS tank to lower the PH level. I was surprised to find CRS eaten the leaves. I have fed them spinach before but they have never touch them at all, . . .
. . . ketapang leaves help shrimp to recover faster and better after molting and my shrimp prefer ketapang leaves more than crab cuisine and mosura crs food ."

Taken from link: HERE

"The micro-organisms that act on the rotting process of the leaves is one of the natural food source for the shrimps. Shrimps can go without any other food for weeks if there are few pieces of the ketapang leaves in the tank. Besides that, the tannic acid released will help to improve the water conditions by slightly reducing the PH in the tank and stabilising the water parameters."

Taken from link: HERE

Most of the information presented in this blog are taken from the views of many fish/shrimp breeders & hobbyists, traders around the world.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Buy & Order Ketapang Leaves

If you wish to buy/order ketapang leaves from me, pls msn or email qty & your posting/mailing address to .

Payment can be made by Paypal, I'll send you a money request which you can pay using your credit/debit card.

Estimate time of delivery is 5 to 12 working days from date of payment.

Price List of Ketapang Leaves (in USD$)
Click link for : Price List before ordering.

Sizes Of Ketapang Leaves

(8 to 11 inches)

(7 to 8 inches)

(5 to 7 inches)


The ketapang leaves are packed into C4 Size Envelope, max about 50pcs in one envelope.
Envelope Size: 229mm x 324mm

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All ketapang leaves sold here are not treated & many of them are freshly picked,
pls clean the leaves after you have received them.

I (seller) shall not be responsible for the health of your livestocks after using ketapang leaves bought here.

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Thank you,

Alan Chow

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Most of the tropical fishes that lives in the rivers and lakes, their natural and best environment is Black Water. Black water have a distinctive brownish tea like colour and contain many dissolved organic materials.

It was first noticed that fishes living around the water where the ketapang trees grew are found much more vibrant, beautiful and healthy. Thus started the practice of putting in ketapang leaves into aquariums to try and achieve the same condition as those found in their natural environment.

Keeping the leaves in an aquarium is said to lower the pH and heavy metal content of the water. It has been utilized in this way by Betta breeders for many years. Local hobbyists also use it for conditioning the betta's water for breeding.

Traditional conditioning for Siamese Fighting Fish

According to professional breeders of Siamese Fighting fish in South East Asia, Indian almond leaves will harden and coat the skin of the fish, thus making it more apt for fighting.

The idea is that Siamese fighers living without Indian almond leaves have softer skin and scales that aren’t smooth and slippery enough to handle being bitten by other fighters.

The fish is therefore conditioned using Indian almond leaves for at least seven days prior to a fight. A clay pot is filled with clean, aged water, the leaves are added, and the fish will live in the pot and be fed live food once a day. The pot is placed in a dark and quite place to help the fish prepare.
After a fight, a similar treatment is given to help the fish recover from its injuries.

Can Indian Almond Leaves Remove Heavy Metals from the Aquarium ?

When organic matter (i.e. not just Indian almond leaves) are turned into humus by bacteria and fungi, toxic substances such as heavy metals can be chelated, i.e. bound to the complex organic molecules of humus. This can prevent the metals from entering the wider ecosystem, but will not remove them. For us aquarists, it means that the heavy metals will still be present in our tanks – only bonded to humus.

What fish will like Indian almond leaves and what won’t?

Indian almond leaves are ideal for fish that hails from environments where the water is rich in leaf debris. A few examples of such fishes are bettas and other gouramis, blackwater tetras, discus, rasboras and many dwarf cichlids. You need to research your particular species to see if it hails from this type of water.

Indian almond leaves are not recommended for fish that like hard and alkaline water, such as African cichlids.

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