Moringa Leaves are an excellent naturalistic decoration, food source, and nutritional supplement for the freshwater aquarium!
Moringa Leaves are ideal leaf litter for blackwater tanks as well as many other setups, providing shelter to fry and small species of shrimp, crabs, crayfish, snails, and fish while maintaining a natural look in the aquarium. They also serve as an ideal growth medium for biofilm and diatoms, both of which are key food sources to countless aquatic animal species, including shrimp and other invertebrates as well as fish.
Moringa Leaves also have buffering qualities. As they decompose, they release tannins (tercatin, punicalin, punicalagin) that lower the pH of the aquarium, but at a gradual rate. This is particularly beneficial for aquatic animals that require acidic, low-pH water. Moringa Leaves can also be used sparingly in high-pH setups as well, especially when their pH-lowering quality is counteracted with pH-raising decor such as lace rock and dried coral.
Moringa Leaves have extremely valuable nutritional and anti-inflammatory qualities. They are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, and fatty acids. They are also rich in protein and they contain zeatin, which promotes plant growth.
Our Moringa Leaves are sourced from 100% pesticide and chemical-free areas and are safe to add directly to the aquarium. These leaves can be allowed to be fully eaten or decompose in the aquarium, then the stem can be removed. We recommend that they be added sparingly at first in order to ensure no drastic changes in water parameters or excessive tanning of water.
If you are looking for other botanicals, we offer a variety of other natural leaf litter for your aquarium.