Betta Botanicals Variety Pack

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Product Description: Discover the Betta Botanicals Starter Pack which goes beyond just catappa leaves and alder cones. It is a thoughtfully curated mix of exotic aquarium botanicals to add to your botanical-method aquarium. These materials are high in tannins, so please follow the instructions card inside the bag. We selected materials that will show you all aspects of a healthy botanical aquarium. The showpiece botanical is a Sterculia pod, which we regularly see our bettas hiding inside. It turns out our shrimp love all of these botanicals too, as they grow abundant supplemental food sources like biofilms, bacteria, and fungi. We love this pack most for its ability to create the perfect tropical stream ecosystem, and the sappan pods produce a wonderful red tint to the aquarium. 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.

Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required. 

Quantities: 1c Sterculia Pod. 2c Mahogany Pods. 4c Sappan Pods. 4c Coconut Curls. 2c Catappa Bark Sticks. Small Handful Lagerstroemia Pods. 8c Guava Leaves. 4c Pygmy Guava Leaves. 8c Jackfruit Leaves. Sizes range. This is a natural product, and variation between leaves and botanicals is expected.

Aquarium Botanical Location: North America, Sri Lanka, 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 14 reviews

I never got the package even thought it said it was delivered to my house

Hey Vincent! Please check the response I sent over to your email on the day you contacted me and lets make sure you get this package! Leaving me a 1 star review without letting me help you out gets us both nowhere. Looking forward to your email reply! -Ben


So I purchased this variety pack, two bags of banana leaves, a bael tree pod, and a monkey pod. I think I got free shipping, because I spent over $50 and live in the US, which was nice of them. Shipping was quick as far as I'm concerned, took just over a week to get here. There was a "Thank you!" written on the packing slip - thanks Ben, I appreciated that!

Nothing was damaged, aside from natural wear from, y'know, being plant material. I noticed they gave me a free tannin tea bag & a Betta Botanicals sticker. The teabag turned my water a lovely mahogany color, so even though it's not technically what I ordered, I'd recommend them.

And the variety pack was pretty nice! They gave me extra pieces of catappa bark, a whole bunch of Casuarina cones, and a really beautiful Sterculia pod. I haven't used all of my botanicals yet, since they came yesterday and I have a very full 10g tank, but everything seems great so far. My fish are excited about the tannins, and I saw one tetra using the bael pod as a hide. Five stars from me :)


Stellar! Lots of things!!


Love it! Everything looks great in my natural tank

Lisa K.
Variety pack

It was indeed a nice variety and a good amount. Prompt service.


This pack has a wonderful variety of different botanicals, and it does a great job of keeping my tank dark. My fish are healthy and happy and I've got ember tetras breeding.