Catappa Tree Botanical Comb Pack
Litter your tank with our new Catappa Indian Almond Botanical Combo!
The botanicals in this pack are perfect for invertebrates and black water setups. This curated collection of Catappa Indian Almond Tree Botanicals will undoubtedly meet the hopes and dreams of your aquatic friends! Each botanical offers unique attributes that will support the health of your fish and invertebrates!
This Botanical pack includes:
- 4 Catappa Leaves
- 3 Catappa Bark
- 3 Catappa Fruit
The Catappa Tree (Terminalia catappa) is a large tropical tree in the leadwood tree family & provides many healthy additions to your aquarium. Its bark, like its leaves and fruits, provides many healthy benefits to your tank. It has antibacterial properties that are beneficial to fish and invertebarates, especially when newly introduced.
From providing a supplemental food source to providing tannins and humic acids to the tank, the bark and fruit can also support slime coat production and help prevent infections. Furthermore, it provides more surface area for animals such as shrimp without having to increase the tank size. In the nano aquarium, a variety of invertebrates (such as shrimp, snails, crabs, and crayfish) and fish will greatly appreciate the refuge of Catappa Bark as well as the natural benefits that it offers. Catappa Bark and Fruit is very useful with fish that thrive in blackwater and acidic habitats, such as Discus and Bettas.
Catappa 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.
Catappa 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. Catappa 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.
Catappa Leaves have extremely valuable theraputic qualities and can often serve as a harmless preventative medicine in the aquarium. They are highly anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and support or increase slime coat, scale, and shell production in fish and invertebrates. This is particularly crucial during the introduction and acclimation of animals to the aquarium and after water changes.
Our Catappa Fruit is sourced from 100% pesticide and chemical-free areas and is safe to add directly to the aquarium. This fruit can be allowed to fully decompose in the aquarium. We recommend that it be added sparingly at first in order to ensure no drastic changes in water parameters or excessive tanning of water.