Melastoma Root - Hand Selected Specimens

If you're looking for something truly unique and interesting for your next 'scape, you're going to absolutely LOVE these cool-looking roots. It looks a bit like "Spider Wood." The big difference is the incredibly intricate root systems that most of the specimens possess. 

These pieces range in size between 8"-10" (20.32cm-25.40cm) or so.

Derived from the rather invasive Melastoma candidum, these dried roots are carefully procured and selected by hand by fellow fish geeks in Indo, just for us. To our knowledge, these unusual roots have seldom, if ever been available in the U.S. before. The scraping possibilities with this stuff are endless...We've just started playing with some ideas, ourselves! 

Like its distant cousin, "Spider Wood", this stuff tends to float when first immersed, so you'd probably want to anchor it down in a bucket of fresh water for a few days to get it to saturate and sink. Shortly after submersion, it will recruit significant biofilm and fungal growth, but this will typically pass, as with most wood types we use in aquariums. It darkens a bit and acquires an attractive "patina" over time, too!

ORIGIN: Sanggau, West Kalimantan, Borneo

NOTE: The photo is representative of the general appearance of these pieces. Each one is unique; these are NOT WYSIWYG specimens.


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