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What are Mulberry Leaves?


Mulberry leaves are a natural and organic addition to any shrimp aquarium or fish tank. These leaves, sourced from the Mulberry tree, are carefully dried to preserve their rich nutrients and beneficial properties. Known for their high nutritional content, Mulberry leaves are a favoured treat for a variety of aquatic life. They gradually decompose in water, releasing essential compounds that promote a healthy and balanced ecosystem within your tank.


Benefits of using Mulberry Leaves.


Introducing Mulberry leaves to your aquarium can provide numerous benefits.

  • They are an excellent natural food source, rich in vitamins and minerals that boost the overall health and vitality of shrimp and fish.
  • Mulberry leaves have antimicrobial properties that help prevent disease and improve water quality.
  • They act as a supplementary food source, reducing stress on your primary feeding regimen.
  • The tannins released from the leaves help to create a more natural and comfortable habitat for your aquatic pets.
  • The leaves provide a place for biofilm to grow, which is a crucial food source for shrimp larvae and small fish.


Botanicals, such as Mulberry leaves, play a vital role in maintaining a thriving tropical aquarium. These natural additions not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your tank but also contribute to a healthier and more stable environment. By mimicking the natural habitats of many tropical species, botanicals help in reducing stress and encouraging natural behaviors. They promote a balanced ecosystem by supporting beneficial bacteria growth, thus improving water quality and overall tank health. Integrating botanicals into your aquarium is a simple yet effective way to ensure the well-being and happiness of your aquatic pets. Mulberry leaves have long been used in traditional medicine and are associated with a several health benefits. They are also ideal as a supplementary food for freshwater shrimps and other invertebrates in the aquarium. Mulberry leaves are rich in vitamins such as vitamins A (beta carotene), B1 and B2. The carbohydrates and fibre make mulberry leaves a nutritious meal.


mulberry x 10

mulberry leaf x 10

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Steps to Prepare Leaves, Seed Pods, and Other Botanicals for Your Fish Tank

  • Select Safe Botanicals:

    • Choose leaves, seed pods, and botanicals known to be safe for aquarium use, such as Indian Almond (Catappa) leaves, Guava leaves, alder cones, and various seed pods like oak and almond seed pods.
  • Clean Thoroughly:

    • Rinse the botanicals under running water to remove dirt, debris, and any potential contaminants.
  • Inspect for Pests:

    • Check for any visible pests or parasites. Remove any botanicals that show signs of infestation.
  • Soak to Release Tannins:

    • Soak the botanicals in water for a few hours to overnight. This helps to release excess tannins, which can otherwise stain the water heavily and alter its pH.
  • Boil for Sterilisation:

    • Boil the botanicals for about 10-20 minutes to sterilise them and ensure any remaining contaminants or microorganisms are killed. This also helps to soften the botanicals, making them sink faster.
  • Cool Down:

    • Let the boiled botanicals cool down in the water they were boiled in. This helps retain some beneficial tannins and compounds.
  • Rinse Again:

    • Rinse the botanicals again with fresh water to remove any residues from boiling.
  • Test for Floatation:

    • Check if the botanicals sink naturally. If they still float, you may need to weigh them down temporarily or soak them longer until they stay submerged.
  • Gradual Introduction:

    • Introduce the botanicals gradually into the fish tank to monitor their impact on water parameters and fish behavior. Adding too many at once can cause sudden changes in water chemistry.
  • Monitor Water Parameters:

    • Regularly check the water parameters (pH, hardness, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate levels) to ensure the botanicals aren’t causing undesirable changes.
  • Observe Fish Behaviour:

    • Observe your fish for any signs of stress or adverse reactions. Remove botanicals if any negative effects are observed.
  • Maintenance:

    • Over time, botanicals will decompose. Remove any decomposing botanicals promptly to maintain water quality and prevent ammonia spikes.
  • Replacement:

    • Regularly replace old botanicals with new ones as needed to continue providing benefits like tannins, hiding spots, and natural décor.
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