Origin: Kalimantan Barat, Borneo
The Indian Almond Tree (Terminalia catappa) provides many gifts for aquarists, including its wonderful bark. Like the leaves, Catappa bark offers a rich source of tannins, humic acids, and other substances which are thought to provide antibacterial and antifungal properties and other health benefits for aquarium inhabitants.
Tannin Premium Catappa Bark is harvested from the trees in a sustainable manner from a small village in Borneo, just for us. They are carefully cleaned, dried, have tons of character! They're good-sized, and average about 4 inches/ 10 cm long, and about 1/2"/1.27cm in width, forming a perfect little supplemental substrate for for ornamental shrimp and small fishes to graze on. Plecos and other catfishes actually will incorporate the bark as part of their diet, so you'd want to replace it over time.
These bark strips will impart a nice little humic "tint" to the water that we love so much around here, so if you want to minimize the coloration in your aquarium, it's not a bad idea to boil them for a few minutes, or simply soak them for a few days prior to use. This will also help them become more waterlogged (the darned things love to float!).
They will slowly decompose, and may be replaced as desired, or left in your aquarium to completely break down.
You can use as many as you'd like, taking into account their ability to color the water and affect pH. Tannin Premium Catappa Bark Strips come 10 pieces to a package, for extra value!
NOTE: Because these are a natural product, cut by hand, each one will differ in appearance. The photo shown is to provide an idea of what to expect the product to look like.
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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!