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You are buying 50 grams (about 25 pieces) of Grade C+ mixed size Indian Almond Leaves.
Great for bettas (enhance health, induce spawning); plecos (diet supplement); shrimps & crabs (colouration & food); arrowanas (calming effect); etc
leaves have larger tears and holes unlike my Grade A or Grade B leaves,
but they are no less efficacious and are indeed still good very quality
leaves. In fact, because of my quality control processes, I usually
have a lot of grade C leaves in stock.
Grade C+ is basically
the best of my Grade C leaves. Because of my quality control process, I
usually have a lot of Grade C leaves in stock. C+ leaves are darker
and/or thicker and less broken leaves. About 20% of my Grade C leaves
will meet my Grade C+ criteria.
will be packed into a ziploc bag and will be shipped out to you in an
envelope (to safe postage cost) by the next working day of receiving payment by Paypal. I am sorry for the rather high shipping cost, but this is a little less than what the postal service charges me. I don't earn anything from postage, and in fact, routinely subsidise it.
Definitely value for money whether you buy 1 or more lots.
Some feedback I received from customers who bought this item recently: Ak***:Great deal on this large, great smelling bunch of leaves. I'll be back for more Lo***: Best leaves i've ever had compared to other sellers (inc. A grade). Will be back Le***: These leaves exceeded my expectations. Fast delivery, will come back for more :)
La***: Fantastic! My L183s have never bn more social... Ha***:Super Great the Best Leaves and Service on EBay A+++++++ Ni***:Awesome product !!!! Amy is a pleasure to deal with!!! I will be back!!! AAA+++ Jt***:Excellent quality leaves, and arrived sooner than expected. Wa***: Huge bag of leaves FantasticQuality came under 2weeks AmazingPeople to deal with Oz***: A++++++++++++++++ Amazing leaves THANK U!!!!! Fast delivery too! Pa***: Excellent transaction, product. Everything received as promised. Fast shipper. La***:Very pleased. Truly excellent communication and service. Thank you. Pe***:Wonderful! More than I was expecting! thank you thank you and my fish thank you! Ga***: Great product and quick shipping. A+ Mo***: The best almond leaves!!! Will buy from again and again. Ba***:PERFECT. FAST. GREAT ITEM. MANY THANKS. MERCI +++++ Sn***:very friendly courteous response and service my shrimp love them!!!! Pet***:Great product, great price, very fast delivery. Top e-bayer. Thankyou. Ol***:Fast Delivery, Great quality, mellow aroma, will buy again!!! Bettas loved it. Read the Testimonials below too. Some of these pertain to Grade C leaves. Please Visit my store Amy's Ketapang Inc for more options. I am sorry, I cannot provide a tracking number for small packages as it cost MUCH MORE to post with tracking service than what I am charging. It is simply not worth it! And besides, I will normally resend any packages that are lost or delayed for too long. I have lost my Preferred (TR) Seller status because eBay insists that all parcels must be sent with tracking. But if I do that, the cost of my smaller packages will more than double. I will rather loose the status than deprive our customer of the cheaper postage option. Nevertheless, if you like, you may add $2.00 to have the package sent via registered mail. Registered mail come with a registration number that may be tracked for some destinations, though not for others.
I am actually a homemaker... who has become quite an expert on Terminalia catappa leaves, having sold more than a million leaves to satisfied customers mostly through Aquabid and Ebay (read testimonials below).
started picking and selling Ketapang leaves initially as a project for
my children. You see, we want them to be responsible for their own
pets (fish and hamster etc). So we thought of a way for them to earn
their own pocket money to buy their pet supplies (of course we do not
require them to pay for anything else -- we just want them to learn
responsibility in regard to their pets).
Since my husband
occasionally collects the Ketapang leaves for breeding his bettas and
shrimps; we decided to collect more to sell. Not realising that there
were others selling the leaves at much higher price, we began to sell
it at a price we thought to be reasonable. We did not increase the
price a lot even when we knew about other suppliers. So our price is
extremely competitive for such good quality leaves – regardless of
whether you are buying a few or in bulk.
Today my children still
collect some of the leaves whenever they can, and my retired father has
also joined in the effort. I reimburse them for whatever they collect.
But I now do all the washing and the quality control… rejecting
sometimes up to 80% of the leaves collected. These leaves that are
rejected are thrown away if they are too bleached (and therefore thin
and useless – will not tan the water) or too green (and therefore will
pollute the water if used, or will become mouldy in transit). If the
leaves are torn but still thick and useable, they are set aside for
sale as low grade leaves (sold by weight).
The whole process of
picking, washing, quality control and packing involves quite a lot of
work and time. But it supplements our modest family income.
Ketapang or Sea Almond or Indian Almond or Terminalia catappa
leaves are known to most, if not all Asian breeders softwater /
blackwater tropical fishes (including arowana, discus, apostos, bettas,
tetras, plecos, killifish etc), to be one of the best water
conditioners to promote healing and breeding. They are known to have
antibacteria and antifungal properties. Bettas are known to be induced
to spawn by just putting a few of the leaves into their tank. Fish
suffering finrot or injuries (such as spawning injuries) will
definitely benefit from having the leaves in their quarantine tub. But
they can be used for the usual aquariums too.
soaked in water these leaves will leach a strong brown dye that is full
of organic acids like humic acids and tannic acids. These may be useful
for inhibiting many types of bacteria as well as to detoxify harmful
heavy metals found in the aquarium. But that is not all!
to leaves from the Terminalia catappa tree, Dr Robert J. Goldstein (not
the podiatrist- wannabe terrorist of Florida; but the aquarist and
environmental consultant of North Carolina who wrote numerous book on
fish-keepings), writes in his 2002 paper entitled “Water Conditioners and Additives”:
large, leathery leaves are used in folk medicine to treat infections,
indigestion, and other medical conditions. The water extract makes a
pharmacologically powerful tea… In southeast Asia, betta breeders add a
dried leaf to provide a surface for the bubblenest and to leach
substances that protect the fry from diseases. As the leaves decay,
they also provide detritus to grow extract-resistant infusoria for the
babies. Of 35 aromatic (ring structure) substances identified from
these leaves, noteworthy were benzene-acetaldehyde, acetones, and
sabinen-hydrate. The first is strongly antimicrobial, and several of
the 35 others destroy microbial cell membranes.
And he adds:
these leaves are not simply sources of stains and tannins and other
acids as we would get from oak or hickory, but rich in many other kinds
of complex and highly effective chemicals with a wide range of
physiological and antimicrobial effects.”
of your leaves will be between 7-10" (and sometimes reaching up to
12"). They are selectively collected from leaves that have naturally
fallen and of good quality. See my introduction above, and see photo
for indication of quality (colour hue may vary from batch to batch, but
all leaves that are greenish or smell green are rejected). And yes, in
case you are wondering, the leaves in the photo are crispy dry.
may wish to note that our leaves are selective picked from those that
have naturally fallen from the trees after turning red in a natural
chemical/biological process. These are the leaves that tan the
blackwater streams in the forest where bettas and arowanas are found.
We do not harvest fresh leaves from the trees and dry them. If we do
that, the leaves will look very nice and indeed easier to obtain; but
we doubt their efficacy for aquatic use. My husband will never use such
leaves; and we do not know of any tropical fish breeder who will. All
the breeders we know who use Ketapang Leaves will only use naturally
fallen and dried ones. Indeed, if you try these naturally fallen leaves
once, you will probably never go back to freshly harvested leaves! They
have an aromatic smell that freshly harvested leaves do not have (it
was this sweet smell that first led breeders and herbalists to suspect
that they have beneficial properties), and they have a reddish tinge
absent from freshly harvested leaves.
bettas, put a 1-2 sq inch piece (or a quarter of a leaf) into each 1
gallons (4 litre) jar. For usual aquarium (with tetras, gouramis,
arrowanas, apistos etc), put 2-3 leaves per 25 gallons (100 litres) of
water for 14-21 days. Simply put the leaves into the aquarium. After
1-2 days the leaves will be water-logged and sink. Apart from their
benefical effects on the water, they will tan the water slightly (to a
clear amber) and provide a very natural stream-bottom look to your
aquarium. Alternatively, you can boil the leaves to make blackwater
extract and dose when you need. Soaking the leaves in a bucket for a
week will produce a similar result.
All our leaves goes through a four-level quality control:
Our first level quality occurs at picking. We pick the leaves from 6 or 7
different locations in Singapore where in total there are more than a hundred
catappa trees which bear good quality leaves (not every catappa tree bear such
leave. Some bear only yellow or thin leaves). We only pick leaves that are are
freshly fallen from the tree and are dark red or brown (not green) and not
bleached (or weather-beaten), whole, and not torn or have large holes (Indian
Almond is one of the most delicious trees, so they very likely to get infested
by caterpillars which in itself is a good indication that the tree is not
covered with toxic substances).
Our second level occurs at the washing and drying process. Leaves that are
still fresh are shade-dried after washing. Some leaves are thrown away at these
stage (e.g. leaves that are too dirty, green, or look/smell bad).
Our third level occurs at grade sorting. We are currently using a 5 grade
system: Grade A Large (7"+), Grade A small (5-7"); Grade A baby (3-5"); Grade B
Large (7"+); Grade C (anything else still usable). Grade A leaves are whole,
dark and without holes. Grade B are large leaves which may have small holes or
Our fourth level quality control occurs at packing. As each leave is packed
into the ziploc bag, some leaves which passed through the third level are
C leaves are smaller leaves that have holes or large leaves that have
larger holes or tears and so cannot be classified under Grade B, but
are still usable.
We do not use any heating implements (hot iron or
microwave or oven) to dry or prepare the leaves as they may destroy the
beneficial properties of the leaves. We've always used our leaves as they are
after washing and have never experienced any problem with bacterial or parasites
Handling & Shipping
leaves have been washed and dried and are ready for delivery. They
should arrive within 2 weeks for most destinations in US, UK and
Europe. They may be used immediately upon arrival.
care is taken to ensure that your leaves arrive in a good condition. If
I have to buy a bigger box or pay more for postage for this purpose, I
will do so at no extra cost to you. This makes my profit margin very
low especially after subtracting ebay and paypal charges. But my
principle is: Customer First! However, occassionally some of the leave
will suffer some cracks as they are thoroughly dried. Such cracks, of
course would not diminish the efficacy of the leaves.
Your shipping cost is usually less than what I pay to the post office.
Shipping is guaranteed through re-shipments at not extra cost to you. I
have had customers who ended up with 2 packages at the price of 1 due
to postage delays. I don't earn anything from postage (everything you
pay goes to the post-office, plus I usually have to subsidise), but I
try to keep the price of my leaves low to make it affordable to you.
my price low as a principle (For the LORD our Creator provides the
leaves freely, and all I do is select, wash, dry, sort, pack and
send!). I also keep my price low by putting up only as many ads as I
can be fairly confident there will be a buyer. I doubt that you can
find the same quantity of similar quality leaves at a price (including
Postage) that is lower than mine.
Why Buy in Bulk (100+)?
only is it cheaper and you do not need to keep buying, but the leaves
have practically no shelf life. So I would encourage you to buy smaller
quantities only if you are very new to the leaves and would like to try
them out for yourself rather than relying on research or hearsay.
are unsolicited comments that came through the email when my customers
received the leaves. It may surprise you to learn that one of these
comments actually pertain to my Grade C leaves! They are used here with
their permission... though I have kept their name anonymous for privacy
sake except for one who urged me to go ahead to use his name.
A customer from Italy wrote:
I'm writing, I have the two ziplock bags with the leaves in front of
me. The leaves appear to be in perfect condition. The colour and scent
are lovely, I'm amazed by the quality and the sheer size of these
leaves...I think I now have enough ketapang to last for a lifetime! I
want to congratulate you on your excellent job in selecting and packing
the leaves. I am totally pleased with this transaction."
An Australian customer (of Melbourne) wrote:
"I just want to let you know that the leaves are fantastic. The smell and quality is unbelieveable."
A US customer (ebay id: Karmafarmaquatics) wrote:
got them!… They are PERFECT!! Exactly what I wanted. I am SOOOOOO happy
with the leaves!... I will be buying more as soon as these are gone. I
will NEVER buy from anyone else ever again! … The last person who sent
me leaves sent TINY leaves that were still green!! What a waste of
money..... the leaves weren't even mature! By buying from you I am
assured that i am getting leaves that are MATURE, which have fallen
from the tree naturally."
Another US customer (of Phoenix, Arizona) wrote:
just received your almond leaves... The size and quality of the leaves
are excellent and my Bettas love them. I had two pair just spawn this
morning after I put them in the spawning tank last night with a nice
chunk of leaf. .... They really are the best I have seen -- rich and
dark in color. Even the smell is a lot stronger than ones I have used
previously. The other ones I have used never tinted the water but
these do just like the Atison's Betta Spa I used to use."
Yet another US customer (of Naperville, Illinois) wrote:
recieved the Indian Almond Leaves, yesterday. They are some of the best
quaility I've ever purchased. When I am running low, I will be
purchasing more from you, every time!
Yet another US customer (of Termecula, California) wrote:
I just recieved the almond leaves and i am so very pleased with them. They are
truly enormous and give off a sweet smell. I just got done putting them away,
when i got to the bottom of the bags there wasnt one single crumb. The leaves
are so big,whole and clean. I am sure i will enjoy the leaves as much as my
bettas will. The last ime a bought leaves from a person, they were all crumpled,
crushed and were infested with bug. Your leaves dont even compare to his. Thank
you so very much for the leaves and working hard to provide them as superior
quality. Take care and keep up the good work Amy.
A customer from Ireland wrote:
Just to let you know the leaves arrived today and
I'm over the moon with them, the quality is great and they're a lovely big size
- thanks so much! Very well packed too. I'll be sure to buy from you again
when these run out... I really am happy with the quality of the leaves (and of course, the price!) - I
bought some a while back from someone else on eBay and they were awful little
A customer from UK, London wrote:
Just want to say thanks for the leaves, they arrived really quickly and are the
best leaves I've seen! hope to buy from you again soon.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you in advance for your business and your confidence.
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