Origin: Marthandam, Tamil Nadu, India
It's not every day that we can offer you some entirely new leaves that, to our knowledge, have not previously been offered before, so when our trusted supplier in India told us he had leaves of the Breadfruit, Artocarpus hirsutus, we just about tripped over ourselves to grab them! These are really cool-looking leaves, and we're pretty sure that you're going to love them as much as we do!
Artocarpus is an evergreen species native to India, and is known by a number of common names, such as the aforementioned Breadfruit, "Hebbalasu", "Jungle Jack", and a few others. You'll come to know it as "Incredibly cool-looking leaves from Tannin Aquatics." Seriously.
Like many dried leaves, Artocarpus will impart some tannins and humic substances into the water, although in our experience, they won't tint the water as much as Jackfruit, or even Guava leaves. That being said, they provide an undeniably cool "tropical aesthetic" to any botanical-style aquarium! If you're thinking of creating an aquarium featuring the fishes of India, we couldn't think of a better leaf to include!
Tannin Artocarpus leaves are harvested for us by hand by a family-owned operation from a small village in Tamil Nadu, India, free of pesticides, herbicides, and pollution. They're gathered after having fallen from the trees, rinsed and sun dried, with the bottom part snipped off for ease of use and packaging. We actually know the people who are handling our leaves personally, and they understand exactly what we're using them for, so you're assured consistency, quality, and value every time.
Our Artocarpus leaves average around 5"-6" (12.7-15.24cm) in length, and come in a package of 12. These are really nice-sized leaves, crinkly and unique; each one adds a beautiful, if not temporary, natural look to the aquarium. Since these are a bit larger than many of the ones you'll find out there on the market, they will last a bit longer before completely decomposing- an added plus!
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.
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
NOTE: Due to natural variations of leaves, each one will appear different. The photo is a representation of what to expect.
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