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Hi all, I got an almond leave question for you guys. So I have been looking online, and have been thinking on starting a blackwater biotope (ish) tank with cardinals with a 57 gallon I have laying around, and I have been seeing that almond leaves look pretty awesome in one. While looking online, I constantly see them as Indian Almond Leaves being used, and also seeing they are a bit of money since they need to be replaced often it looks (high school with part time only). However, I have an uncle with a ranch in the central valley, and he has huge orchard of almond trees in his property for farming almonds. How would I be able to tell if these almond trees are indian almond trees, since they look pretty similar to the pictures. ( I am going to look this one up anyways, but still asking)? Do they have to be indian almond leaves or are any almond leaves suffice?

Lol if these are it, I am going to be stoked cause there are acres of these, and he is growing the trees for the almonds, so he wouldn't mind me taking trash bags full of leaves. If not, well it was worth a shot aha

Thanks so much in advance

ah never mind, searching it up more, they are looking a bit more different than indian almond leaves with more looking into it, but are any almond tree leaves beneficial?

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ah never mind, searching it up more, they are looking a bit more different than indian almond leaves with more looking into it, but are any almond tree leaves beneficial?
I use oak leaves, pick a bag of brown leaves that are still on the tree, then I boil them for 20 minutes or so, throw the leaves out, keep the "tea", and add it to the tank to my desired darkness. I like my black water good and dark, so oak works for me. I've used elm, it's less dark than oak, as I believe, so is almond
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awesome how convenient ! Yea for me the only reason for getting the leaves was for getting the water dark. thanks so much
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