10 Gallon Ecosystem Kit

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Material: 10g Eco Kit - NO SUBSTRATE

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Product Description: Our 10-gallon ecosystem kit is meant for aquariums up to 10 gallons, for smaller tanks you will want to cut the wood pieces provided or get creative in having them reach into the aquarium. Ecosystem aquarium kits provide beginner to expert botanical method aquarium enthusiasts with a semi-custom package for building an ecosystem. Please email us providing your preference for one type of leaf, seed pod, and bark to include. We will include these along with enough aquarium botanicals to get the tank established and last 6 months depending on the nature of your aquarium and its inhabitants. We will also include botanicals we don't currently have listed on the website. If you would like to add NatureBase Sedimented Substrate it will be an option as they become available, simply choose the variant that meets your needs. Ecosystem Kits include FREE Shipping!!! 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.

Preparation Required. Not for Human Consumption. 

Quantities: 1 pc Exotic Manzanita, 1 pc Branch Manzanita, 2 Large Seed Pods, 2 smaller seed pods, 2 bark pieces, 2 full packs of leaves, 1/2 pack of small leaves, 10 twigs, 1/2 pack of cones. Additional botanicals will be included compared to the photos, and samples of our re-tinting tea bags from our line Betta Tea will be included as they are available.

Example Quantity might look like this: 1pc Exotic Manzanita, 1 pc Branch Manzanita, 2 Sterculia Pods, 8 sappan pods, 1 cup Sycamore Maple Bark, 1 28c bag of guava leaves, 1 24c bag of jackfruit leaves, 8oz bamboo leaves, 10 oak twigs, and 30 casuarina cones.

Contant us at info@bettabotanicals.com


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 info@bettabotanicals.com 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 4 reviews
Tank of my Dreams

This Ecosystem is amazing. Ben personally emailed to discuss my tank size so he could choose driftwood that would fit my tank. I have to say I absolutely love the driftwood. It reminds me of tree roots growing into the water. The botanicals supplied are top quality. Currently have the tank running for 3 weeks now and I still haven't used Any tea bags to achieve this tint. I received more than enough botanicals and have plenty left over. Overall if you are thinking about setting up a blackwater tank I suggests these ecosystem kits. Will definitely buy from Betta Botanicals agian! So happy to have my dream sparkling gourami tank now.

14g cube botanical method setup

Box of high quality botanicals arrived ready to start my first tannin rich botanical method aquarium. Nice wood pieces. Really interesting pods, leaves, twigs, bark. Alex was very responsive through email about the order. It’s looking great so far at day 7 from setup! I would definitely purchase again.

Natalia S.
Ecosystem Kit

I got a very pleasant result using the some botanicals from the kit. The small AIO tank is about a 4 gallons with Betta fish and Panther Crab and Rabbit Snail. Looks very nice and all community seems to be happy :) Thanks a lot!


You couldn't ask for a better mix to establish a black water tank! Your fish will thank you!