We love these pods, because they have some characteristics of a leaf, but have the "heft" that you'd expect from a seed pod. Actually the inner "valve" of the fruit of the Mahogany tree, Swietenia macrophylla, they have an interesting, "tongue-like" shape, are fairly durable, yet lightweight. With their interesting color and texture, they will will look great as a sort of "transitional" botanical as part of a leaf litter bed!
Swietenia Pods will help evoke that tropical stream-bottom look, reminiscent of the pods and fruits which fall into the water, providing enrichment and foraging/protection areas for many species of fishes.
These beautiful botanicals are good-sized, too- averaging about 3.25" (8.25cm) in length, and about 1.25"(3.18cm) wide at their widest point.
PREPARATION: We recommend boiling them for at least 30-45 minutes to get them waterlogged enough to sink. Being "lightweights", they float easily, and do take some time to go down.
NOTE: These are a natural product, and display variation in color, size, and texture. Each pod is unique! The photo serves as a reasonable representation of what to expect.
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. Please use common sense and take the time to boil or soak all botanicals prior to using them, to reduce the possibility of problems. Always go slow when introducing any botanicals into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
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