Nettle Leaves for Shrimp

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Size: 32c Nettle Leaves

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Product Description: Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a 'superfood' and 'powerhouse' for neocaridina shrimp, snails and crayfish. Stinging nettle leaves are quite palatable for shrimp, easily shredded and consumed. The benefits of nettles for shrimp are widely known, providing many important amino acids, Vitamins (A, and C), and Minerals (Calcium, Folate) which improve the health and breeding success of your shrimp colonies. 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. Only for aquarium use.

Quantities: 32c dehydrated Nettle Leaves. Sizes range. This is a natural product, variation between leaves and botanicals is expected.


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 5 reviews
Malissa H.
Shrimp like them, snails LOVE them.

Got these to add to my shrimp and snail tank assuming my shrimp would be the primary takers. They definitely joined in, but it was my snails who devoured the leaf within 2 days. I have ramshorn, sulawesi, and nerite snails, and all three were attracted to the nettle. And it's high in calcium! Glad I got a sizable bag.

Alyssa W.
Love it!

Atleast my shrimp do! Even saw my otos nibbling a little on the leaves as well. Highly recommend!

Shrimp favorite!

These nettles are my Amano Shrimp’s favorite food. They rush to eat these the minute they’re dropped into the tank. Usually I weight them down under a stick but if a piece floats to the surface they will hang out eating it from there.


All the pieces are in tact and a good size. I have not placed them in the tanks yet for the shrimp so not sure how they will like them, but I am certain they will enjoy them

Great price, great product!!

These disappear in my aquarium & I noticed my amano took on unique green markings after eating a few. My shrimp are too shy to eat them during the day, but I’ll go to bed and when I wake up, the leaves have been munched away!! Excited to try them in a shrimp-only tank!!