Betta Leaf Litter

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Product Description: Leaf Litter in the aquarium is the foundation of any good botanical method aquarium, forming detritus, which is the main source of fuel for these aquatic ecosystems. Our 'Betta Leaf Litter' is a diverse mix of whole and crushed leaves, small seed pods, and small twigs which help you replicate the diverse leaf litter bed of nature. We provide a mixture of leaves that break down quickly, and others that withstand the test of time, providing all components needed to start your leaf litter aquarium. What’s inside the bag? Well, it’s a 'mixed bag' of our favorites. Some of which you can only get in this pack. We start with a mixture of crushed Mulberry, Jackfruit, and Magnolia, then enrich it with some catappa, beech, live oak, and maybe a few others like guava or bamboo, or loquat. We will throw in a few small twigs and pods for some variety and texture.

Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required. 

Quantities: 32oz bag, the largest compostable bag we carry, containing a diverse mix of leaves. No bag will contain the same exact materials, but the 'base' of this leafy mix is mulberry, magnolia, catappa, and guava. Potential leaves you will find here are jackfruit, loquat, beech, alder cones, oak twigs, birch twigs, alder branches, and acorn tops. Maybe you will get bamboo leaves, shredded banana leaves, or leaves never before seen in the hobby native to betta habitats in Indonesia and Thailand. This is a natural product, and variation between 'Betta Leaf Litter' is expected.

Aquarium Botanical Locations: North America, Thailand, 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 a COMPOSTABLE Ziplock bag and shipped safely to your door. 
  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 the next water exchange and add some more.
  3. Aquarium 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 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 white growths on my botanicals?

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.

3) I don't have Bettas, will these botanicals be okay for my fish?

100% yes. Our botanicals are for aquariums terrariums, vivariums and all natural enclosures.

4) I have goldfish and axolotls, what botanicals should I get?

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. 

5) When should I replace 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 don’t get all potential benefits of leaving them in the aquarium. 

Betta Botanicals Shipping and DOA Policy

All products from Betta Botanical show live shipping rates from your prefered carrier. We offer FREE shipping on USA orders over $50. 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. Wood has a Flat Shipping fee of $8. 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.

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.

How long does my order take to ship?

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 Your 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.



Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Allison Culver

Great bang for the buck. Amazing grouping of leaf, pod, twig litter. The prep instructions were perfect and I am going slowly to add litter. Love it!!

Amazing variety

I love the variety and texture this adds to my leaf litter, there’s a little bit of everything in the bag!