Catappa (IA) Leaf and Alder Cones Package For Aquariums and Shrimp
This botanical box is great for your aquarium or shrimp tank. Lots of variety in structure and texture, and will produce tannins for your water. Included in the box are the following items:
12 EA Catappa (IAL) Leaves
12 EA Alder Cones
24 EA Catappa (IAL) Leaves
24 EA Alder Cones
48 EA Catappa (IAL) Leaves
48 EA Alder Cones
- All organic and safe for shrimps and fish
- Premium Grade A leaves and alder cones
- Provides natural food source for shrimps
- Anti-fungal properties to help fight off Infection.
- Releases tannin into the water which contains healing properties
- Helps lower the pH in water
Before using the leaves in your aquarium, we recommend soaking them in fresh water for a few days to let them become waterlogged and to leach off some of the tannins. Then, you can place them on the bottom of your aquarium as a functional and aesthetic substrate enhancer, or place them into a filter sock and use them simply as a filter media to help foster "blackwater" conditions in your aquarium.
Just how many leaves to use depends upon what type of effect you're looking for. We recommend starting off slowly, with about 2 Medium Size Catappa leaves for each 10 gallons of capacity. There is no real "recipe" for how much...This is just a "rule of thumb" that we've used over the years. Your experience may vary!
Please take the time to boil or soak all botanicals prior to using them, to reduce the possibility of problems. Always go slow when introducing any botanicals into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants.
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
Due to natural variations of leaves, each one will appear different. The photo is a representation of what to expect.