The leaves of the Teak tree (Tectona grandis ) have long been used in the same way as Indian Almond leaves (Terminalia Catappa) by South Asian Bagan plakat breeders/keepers.
Super Bagans are plakat fighting fish, with champion blood line fighting strains dating back to the 1800′s in Indonisa, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. They have really good body structures, really tough scales and hardly any fat has the Teak leaves burn off the fat leaving the fish very muscular and agile.
Unlike the Indian Almond leaves, Teak leaves do not colour your Aquarium water the same way, the colour is much lighter so they are ideal for Aquarists who want the benefits of Indian Almond Leaves with out the tea stain colour.
The Indian almond leaves have been used traditionally for its beneficial properties with fish keeping, breeding, and overall health. This is one more thing we can do to be one step closer to simulating our pet’s natural habitat at home.
It’s natural healing properties.
It’s natural tannins acids released into the water.
It’s anti-fungal properties.
It’s anti-bacterial properties.
Several flavonoids in the leaf are anti-carcinogenic.
Ideal hiding places for shrimps and shrimplets.
Natural food source for shrimp and shrimplets
Can be used as long term vacation food without negative effects on water quality.