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Product Description: Cacao leaves (Theobroma sp.) are an amazing vitamin and mineral superfood for aquatic shrimp and snails. They contain an abundance of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants while also providing slight anti-bacterial and antifungal properties for the botanical aquarium. Cacao leaves should be utilized more as a food source for shrimp and as a component of leaf litter rather than disease prevention, if you've been following Betta Botanicals you know well that we love the ecosystem benefits the most. Their tannin content is quite low, so if you don't desire highly tinted water these are the ideal leaf for your tanks. We utilize these as 'feeder botanicals' for our shrimp and snails alongside the KatsAquatics invertebrate food to create a holistic diet for our aquarium shrimp.
Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required.
Quantities: 20c Cacao leaves. Leaves range from 5-10" in length and 3-4" wide. This is a natural product, and variation between leaves and botanicals is expected.
Aquarium Botanical Location: Indonesia.
It entirely depends on your water 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.
White growths are the colonization of biofilms and fungi in the aquarium. 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.
100% yes. Our botanicals are for aquariums terrariums, vivariums and all natural enclosures.
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 are preferred.
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 don’t get all potential benefits of leaving them in the aquarium.
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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.
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!
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.
These have been great in my blackwater and shrimp tank! the leaves are large and undamaged, and the shrimps love snacking on them.