SOURCED FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HAND-CURATED IN LOS ANGELES, CA.
No one can really claim to have “invented” the concept or process of adding leaves, seed pods, and wood into water…It’s something that has happened in nature for eons…In tropical areas of the world, most famously, the Amazon River system, leaves, branches, bark, fruit pods, seeds, etc. fall off trees in the wind, or tumble into the rivers during rain events, etc., and accumulate in these waterways. We call these materials "aquatic botanicals."
As these items decompose, they impart a brownish tint to the water, and lower the pH from the release of substances known as tannins. These tannins are known to have anti-fungal/antimicrobial properties, a huge plus when you're rearing lots of fish, or even incubating eggs.
Aquatic botanicals are excellent for enriching vivarium and terrarium habitats as well, and provide numerous functional and aesthetic benefits for frogs and other herps.
And the aesthetic provided by these materials is what we're all about: Earthy, organic, natural.
Enjoy our ever-expanding selection of carefully sourced, thoughtfully curated aquatic botanicals. Every piece hand selected and packed to order, by passionate aquatic hobbyists in Los Angeles- just for you.
THE TANNIN AQUATICS BOTANICAL LEXICON:
SUITABLE FOR USE WITH TROPICAL FISHES
MAY BE APPROPRIATE WITH ORNAMENTAL SHRIMP
MAY BE USED IN VIVARIUMS AND HERP/REPTILE DISPLAYS
MAY BE USED IN BRACKISH WATER AQUARIUMS
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. Please use common sense and take the time to boil and/or soak and thorougly rinse all botanicals prior to using them, to reduce the possibility of problems. An additional several days submerged in freshwater with a bag of activated carbon is strongly advised. See our "Aquatic Botanical Preparation" Page for details. Always go slow when introducing any botanicals into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
A true "gift from the jungle", the Cariniana Pod comes to us from the Cariniana legalis tree from South America. Interestingly, these are some of Brazil's oldest trees, with some...
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The beautiful fruit, or "follicle", as botanists call it) of the jungle tree Sterculia foetida are among our favorite botanicals! Also known locally in Southeast Asia as the "Java Olive." They are carefully collected as...
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The tiny fruit of the Alder trees (Aalnus glutinosa and Alnus incana) has been widely utilized by aquarium hobbyists in Europe for some time. Betta and ornamental shrimp breeders are fond...
The leaves of the Guava tree (Psidium guajava) provide many benefits for aquaria, including their well-documented antibacterial properties and their great value as a supplemental food source for ornamental shrimp....
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The leaves of the Indian Almond Tree, (Terminalia catappa), provide numerous benefits for tropical fish. The leaves, when steeped in water, impart a beautiful golden-brown color, reduce the pH, and...