Betta Tea™ - Blackwater Botanical Tea Bags

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Color: MAROON - 32c Re-Tinting Tea Bags

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Betta Botanicals developed Betta Tea™ in the Spring of 2021 to solve the issue of re-tinting a botanical aquarium. We went beyond just brewed tea in the aquarium and we combined a very nice blend of pure and natural botanicals that we feel do a better job than your standard conventional tea

There comes a time in our botanical aquariums when our tanks "just have too many botanicals" and the ecosystem cannot handle adding more leaves... Betta Tea™ solves this problem. This bag and its contents are biodegradable! Did you know our product packaging is made from renewable and sustainable sugarcane? So just like the botanicals inside, it will compost when returned to nature.

Hues of Betta Tea:

  1. Maroon was launched in 2021 to help replicate Borneon Peat Swamps
  2. Brown will be launched in the summer of 2023 to replicate South American Blackwater Habitats
  3. Yellow will be launched in the winter of 2023 or in early 2024 

Now, we know there are many 'blackwater re-tinting botanical tea bags' out there on the market, and here is what sets ours apart:

    • We blended Betta Tea Specifically for bettas, but all fish love it!
    • The tea bag is fully compostable and biodegradable.
    • The Packaging and Product labels are home-compostable.
    • Betta Tea™ contains a blend of aquarium botanicals specifically used by betta breeders to both condition and help aid in disease recovery.
    • Our product is intended for all tannin-loving fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

How to use: We recommend using 1 Betta Tea™ Bag per 5-10 gallons of aquarium water as a starting point. Betta Tea™ can be placed into a mug of boiling water and steeped until the water has dropped to room temperature and then added directly to the aquarium. Betta Tea™ Bags can also be placed directly into the aquarium, canister filter, HOB filter, or above your sponge filter. Remove Betta Tea™ from the aquarium or filter after 3 days and give the tea bag one residual squeeze to release the tannins inside the botanical tea bag.

Commonly Asked Questions:

    1. Will Betta Tea™ lower my aquariums pH? If you use 100% RODI water we have seen that there is a mild reduction in pH. If your water has any buffering capacity, you shouldn't notice any change in pH at all.
    2. How many gallons per Betta Tea™ tea bag? We like to use 1 tea bag per 5-10 gallons, but you can use as many as you want to based on the richness of the color you want.
    3. Why is there no preparation? Our suppliers process the botanicals in a way that we feel meets industry standards to allow you to add directly to your ecosystem. Betta Botanicals tests every new batch of Betta Tea™ before packing it into our compostable bags for sale.
    4. How do I store extra? Leave extra tea in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

Quantities: Each order of Betta Tea™ comes with 32 individual tea bags.

Not for Human Consumption!!! NO PREPARATION REQUIRED!!!

Aquarium Botanical Location: Indonesia. 

Aquarium Botanical FAQs 

  1. Please reference our Shipping and Hassle-Free Return Policy at the bottom of the screen. All Products are packaged inside sustainably sourced and renewable sugar cane fibers allowing them to be fully biodegradable and compostable. Yes, you can bury these bags in your backyard to enrich your soils. 
  2. Please refer to our botanical preparation instructions. These Botanicals are grown and harvested in pesticide-free environments and it is recommended to use 2-3 botanical pieces per 5 gallons to start, wait 5-7 days, or for the next water exchange to then add more.
  3. Our aquarium and vivarium botanicals, leaves, and seed pods are not for human consumption, ever.

Commonly Asked Questions:


1) Will Botanicals Lower The pH Of My Water?

It entirely depends on your water's chemistry. Soft water will allow the botanicals to lower your pH more than if you have medium or hard water. At Betta Botanicals HQ our tap water is Very Hard, ( 350+ppm) and we do not notice a change in water pH unless using Alder Cones or Macaranga Leaves.


2) What Are The Fluffy White Growth On My Botanicals?

White growths are the colonization of biofilms and fungi. We call this the 'goo phase' and it is totally natural. Botanicals are fuel for the ecosystem and the populations of bacteria and fungi will naturally rise and fall. 


3) I Don't Keep Bettas. Will These Botanicals Be Okay For My Critters?

100% yes. Our botanicals are for aquariums, terrariums, vivariums, and all natural enclosures wishing to recreate a more natural environment.


4) I Have Goldfish and Axolotls, What Botanicals Should I Avoid?

We DO NOT recommend using botanicals that these fish can ingest. Botanicals like casuarina cones, small alder cones, and live oak are not suited for these animals. Large aquarium leaves like Indian almond, loquat, and jackfruit leaf litter are preferred. 


5) When Should I Replace My Aquarium Leaves?

We recommend letting aquarium leaves and seed pods entirely break down into beneficial detritus. You can absolutely remove them after they don’t release tannins anymore, you just won't get all potential benefits of leaving them in the ecosystem. 

Ben sitting at a desk with a shipping box in his lap at Betta Botanicals.

Betta Botanicals Shipping And DOA Policy

All products from Betta Botanical show live shipping rates from our preferred carrier. We offer FREE shipping on select USA orders over $35. Aquatic Plants have an additional $8 charge as they require expedited shipping which is either USPS Priority Mail or FedEx 2Day, depending on your location. Manzanita Wood and Rasamala Borneo Roots have a USA Flat Shipping fee of $10, unless you spend $35+. Our merch is shipped direct to you from an off site curator and we cannot offer free shipping on those items. If an item has an assigned shipping $ value to it, this $ value is applied even when the order total qualifies for free shipping due to shipping costs, packing material, and time to carefully package your products. For international orders, kindly note that customs may impose applicable taxes and duties, which are the responsibility of the customer. If you choose not to cover these fees and decide to return your order, we'll gladly refund you the product cost. However, please be aware that the shipping label cost will not be refunded in this case.


When Do You Ship Live Plants?

Live plants ship Mondays and Tuesdays for orders received by 9pm PST on the previous day. Live plants are shipped via USPS Priority Mail or Fedex Express 2Day. Live arrival is guaranteed as long as you follow the DOA Policy below.


What Are Betta Botanicals Processing Times?

Live plant orders are only shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays to prevent them from being held over the weekend at the post office. This means it could take 6 days for your order to ship (live plant orders placed monday evenings after 9pm, ship the following Monday morning). Orders containing only botanicals will ship within 1-4 business days. Thank you!


What Is Our DOA Policy?

Email us at with photos of your plants within 2 hrs of delivery notification with the shipping carrier of the plants inside of the bag. Do not order plants if they will have to sit inside of your mailbox for an entire workday in 85+ degrees or in temps below freezing. Plants are perishable and we reserve the right to hold shipments until stable weather conditions on our end of shipping. Plants are not duckweed or snail free.


Do I Have To Follow The Preparation Instructions?

We strongly recommend following the botanical preparation instructions. These instructions ensure that any 'potential contaminants' are removed if they find their way onto your leaves, bark, and seed pods during storage or shipping.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews

my betta LOVES it


This was my first time buying betta tea and it did not disappoint. It came quickly and well packaged! My betta was so happy when I added it to her tank and I love the look of it so much! definitely will be coming back!

Perfect for what it was intended for.

I really like this product. It gives you full control of the depth of the tint you want to have. I'd certainly buy it again. It's a bargain.


Worked right away and now my tank is a beautiful dark color

Easiest way to add tannins

Love that there was no preparation for the tea! Made it so much quicker and worked in minutes.

Betta botanicals tea bags

Bought a bag of betta botanicals for a quick way to tanin my aquarium and they worked as advertised I definitely recommend Betta botanicals for all Betta keepers