If you're a brackish water enthusiast- or for that matter, a blackwater, botanical-style aquarium enthusiast, you've probably been waiting for our premium dried mangrove leaves to be available in a larger size for your ongoing projects! Well, wait no longer! We've got you covered with our "Mangrove Mix", a combination of our Dried Red Mangrove Leaves and Yellow Mangrove Leaves. It's 3 ounces of Mangrove goodness (that's about 100 leaves), for a special price!
Mangroves are one of the most prevalent and vital plants in this habitat. As the leaves of the mangrove fall into the surrounding waters, they support a complex food web that provides a wide variety of aquatic life with sustenance. In the "mangals", where mangroves grow, mangrove litter is transformed into detritus, which partly supports the mangrove food web. Plankton, epiphytic algae and microphytobenthos also form an important basis for the mangrove food web.
Keeping with our tradition of "tinted" aquariums, these leave will impart tannins into the water, giving it a slight amber-brown tint. If allowed to decompose completely in the aquarium, the leaves will be rated upon by fungi and bacteria, just like their freshwater counterparts, to enrich the aquatic environment and form the basis of a unique captive food web. To our knowledge, dried Red Mangroves leaves have never been offered to the aquarium hobby for this purpose before, and we're really excited to bring them to you! They're slightly green to brown in color, and have a very distinct shape that will really stand out on earth-toned, muddy substrates in the aquarium!
Of course, if you don't want the tint caused by the decomposing leaves, you can certainly employ activated carbon or other chemical filtration media to remove it from the water. Preparation is like any of our other leaves. We recommend an overnight "steep" in warm fresh water, to soften them up a bit and aid in submergence.
NOTE: The photo is for illustrative purposes. As these are a natural product, expect variation in the appearance of the leaves that you will receive. The number of leaves you will receive is not a "set" number; rather, these are sold by weight, and depending upon the size of the leaves we have available at the time of your order, may vary slightly.
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. Please use common sense and 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. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
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