As you know, we offer a lot of materials for substrate enrichment and building cool leaf litter zones. A lot of these materials are really lightweight, and take a bit of effort to sink. Most of the lightweight ones decompose relatively quickly in the aquarium (which is not a bad thing- it's what they do in nature), further enriching the environment.
Our newest botanical, "Carambola Lixo", is really lightweight, and when I first saw them, I was convinced that not only wouldn't they sink easily, but that they would decompose very rapidly.
Boy, was I wrong!
They did sink after easy, minimal preparation. But the big surprise came after long-term immersion in water. The darned things not only held up, keeping their cool shape- they actually got a bit more "firm" underwater. Perhaps it was the saturation..not sure.
The bottom line is that they hold up VERY nicely, and will add a nice note of beauty and interest to any leaf litter biotope. They have such a cool shape, add minimal tint to he water, and are just great to look at!
They looked so good after prolonged immersion, that we're thinking of making them a "Tannin Now!" product, ready to go! I've seed them up in the same packaging I'd use for "Tannin Now!" botanicals, and we'll try immersing them again in a few days, to simulate their being shipped to you!
Man, they really look good, wouldn't you agree?
I mean, I certainly wouldn't look that good after more than a month in water!