Origin: Pontianac, Selatan, Indonesia
You know all about our love of Catappa! 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.
The latest addition to our varied selection of Catappa bark is this larger, chunkier stuff from Selatan, Indonesia.
Tannin Selatan Catappa Bark is harvested from the trees in a sustainable manner from a small village in Selatan, Indonesia, just for us (hence its namesake). They are carefully cleaned, dried, and have tons of character! These are thick, sturdy, well-defined pieces that last a long time! They're not complete "tubes", like our Indian Catappa Bark Pieces , nor lightweight stripes like our Borneo Catappa Bark. Rather, these are substantial pieces of bark that are effective as both a water conditioner and an aesthetic compliment. Bigger, thicker, and more "substantial."
These bark strips will impart a deep "tint" to the water that we love so much around here. Preparation is simple: It's not a bad idea to boil them for a few minutes, followed by a brief soak in fresh water to achieve complete saturation (and to get them to sink!) prior to use.
They will very slowly decompose, recruiting biofilms along the way, 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 Selatan Catappa Bark Pieces come 4 pieces to a package!
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!