Just like Indian Almond Leaves, Mangrove Leaves are used in the aquarium to create a colorful leaf litter with added benefits, including improved water quality, soften water, aide fish to prevent and help support the immune system to fight off disease, in livebearer breeding tanks, shrimp tanks, etc. There are many benefits to adding Mangrove Leaves to a home aquarium!
Once harvested and dried, leaves turn maroon, brown or gold tones. Very colorful
Rhizophora mangle leaves come from a farm in Borneo where they are hand picked, wiped clean if needed and organically processed and dried.
Most common uses in the home aquarium include the following:
Inducing Spawning In Livebearer breeding tanks, leaves can help to induce spawning
Reducing pH and Ammonia Leaves release tannins, similar to driftwood. While it may slightly discolor the tank water, leaves can help to protect fish.
Bubble Nest Builders Bettas and other bubble nest builders appreciate the tannins from the leaves when building nests
Immune System Support Tannins are known to support the immune system to help fish fight off disease
Black Water Extract No need to buy black water extracts as it comes naturally from leaves. This can help South American and Amazon species
How to Use Can add whole leaves or break them into smaller pieces. Leaves will gradually release tannins that will turn the water a yellowish brown, same as driftwood. This slight discoloration doesn’t distract from the tank itself, but some find they prefer crystal clear, blue toned water.