Fermented Indian Almond Catappa Leaves
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Fermented Indian Almond Catappa Leaves (Terminalia catappa) are praised by betta breeders for their lower oil content and ability to reduce the chances of cloudy water. The scientific literature shows that catappa leaves can reduce the risk of many mild infections while improving the immune system of fish, which makes fermented catappa leaves perfect for rearing fry or use in betta jars. From an ecological perspective, they create a fantastic surface for algae eaters, snails, and shrimp to pick at as a supplemental food source. We all know the number of tannins catappa leaves release, well the fermented version does it the same, only much faster and in a higher volume. Yep, it's hard to explain but we have witnessed that these leaves release overall more tannins than their unfermented counterpart.
Not for Human Consumption. Preparation NOT Required.
Quantities: Approx. 42 grams or 20c Fermented Indian Almond Catappa Leaves. Sizes range. 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 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.