Introducing - Tantora

BLOG by SS, November 13, 2015

For those looking for all-natural catappa leaves and bark, mineral stones, and dried mulberry and guava leaves, Tantora provides the absolute best. Every product is hand-selected, inspected, and packaged at the source to maintain the highest quality standards. This blog will introduce some notable Tantora products.


Catappa, also known as “Indian Almond Leaves,” “IAL,” or “Ketapang,” comes from Terminalia catappa, a large, tropical tree that flourishes in Thailand. Catappa bark and leaves are rich in organic tannins that can help lower pH, inhibit fungal and bacterial growth, and recreate the “blackwater” habitat of many freshwater fish and shrimp.

Tantora Catappa diagram
Tantora Catappa examples
Why use Catappa?

Catappa leaves can be used to produce water conditions that mimic the “blackwater” biotopes in South America and Southeast Asia. Ultimately, creating a habitat to which your animal species are normally accustomed, is a good thing. Tetras, Discus, Angelfish, Bettas, Corydoras, and Plecos are typically native to water “stained” by fallen treas and leaf litter. Catappa functions as a natural way to lower water's pH that many freshwater fish and Caridina dwarf shrimp do well in.

Do I need to remove Catappa?

Over time, Catappa logs, bark, and leaves will become less effective; however, they can still make for great decoration and shelter for your aquarium inhabitants. Mosses, Anubias, and ferns can be tied to old Catappa logs and bark, and leaves can be left as “leaf litter”--though we prefer removing old leaves.

Leaves As Food

Guava leaves are often used as a food supplement for freshwater dwarf shrimp. This is due to the fact that Guava leaves have been shown to prevent and eliminate luminous bacteria that is a common shrimp pest. Tantora Guava Leaves are 100% organically cultivated--this means that you can feed your shrimp without the risk of exposing them to harmful pesicides.

If you are looking for nutrient-rich shrimp food, Tantora Mulberry Leaves are it. Mulberry leaves are commonly known as a food source for silkworms; the leaves are high in vitamins, minerals, and electrolyes, which also make them an ideal food for shrimp.


Montmorillonite removes toxins from the water column and makes available minerals such as silicon, magnesium, calcium, and sodium; the minerals are important for shrimp health and growth.

Tantora White Mineral Stones are composed of naturally ocurring montmorillonite clay. One package (100 grams) is sufficient for 15-20 gallons.