What are the benefits of adding Guava leaves to an aquarium?
Leaves and leaf litter are a good source of biofilm in fish tanks, and all shrimps love to graze on them. Having an assortment of leaf litter in your tank helps to ensure baby shrimp get through their first weeks. Microfauna and snails will eat them too. Guava leaves are also ideal for creating blackwater aquarium conditions.
Photo credit(s): Green guava fruit and leaves in the garden by Phu Nguyen Quang, Getty Images (inset)
Guava Leaves specifically prevent Vibrio bacteria and eliminate luminous bacteria in Shrimp, so they are a must for any shrimpkeeper. Guava leaves contain polyphenols, carotenoids, flavenoids and tannins, and will naturally decompose over time, so they are very beneficial in the aquarium.
Guava leaves release tannins, which can give your water a temporary brownish-orange tint, but they also have preventive and healing properties which can boost shrimp immunity. Guava leaves have also been found to have anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping keep the water free from pathogens, resulting in healthier and stronger fish and relieving aquarium stress.