Liquid Gardens Catappa Leaves
Natural Benefits for your Aquarium Inhabitants
- Natural Tannins Release
- Natural Shelter and Food
- Aesthetic Appeal
Why Use Catappa Leaves in Your Freshwater Aquarium?
Natural Tannins Release: Catappa leaves release tannins when submerged in water. These tannins can tint the water a light brown color, mimicking the natural blackwater environments found in certain tropical locations.
Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial Properties: The tannins and other substances released from Catappa leaves are believed to possess anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can be beneficial in preventing common diseases in fish and shrimp.
Beneficial for Breeding: Many breeders believe that using Catappa leaves can stimulate breeding behaviors in certain fish species.
Natural Shelter and Food: As Catappa leaves break down, they can serve as a microhabitat and food source for small creatures in the tank, like shrimp and some species of catfish. The biofilm that develops on decomposing leaves is often eaten by shrimp.
Aesthetic Appeal: Catappa leaves can lend a natural, serene look to aquarium setups, especially for those aiming to recreate a specific biotope.