Tannin Aquatics hand-selected Cholla "Logs" are terrific for aquascaping, as they are heavy enough to sink relatively easily, yet have tons of cool little holes that you can easily use to secure plants like Java Fern, mosses, etc. And, they provide a great hiding place for baby fish, Apistos, shrimp, etc.
These branches are derived from the dried root of the Cholla cactus, and are harvested in the Southwestern U.S. on public lands in a sustainable, legal manner by experienced, collectors who hold the permits to do this. The collectors only take "downed", dead skeletons and pay special attention not to harm or disturb any live plant or animal in the area. This ethos is an important, often overlooked aspect of the acquisition of this unique product. We vetted quite a few suppliers before we became acquainted with the quality outfit that we work with.
Like other natural branches, they do leach some tannins into the water that can reduce the pH and provide a tiny bit of that brown tint in the water that we love so much here. In addition to just looking cool, the complex surface of our Cholla branches fosters the development of a “biofilm”, which is great for foraging shrimp. The wood itself is soft enough to supplement the diet of rasping fishes, like Plecostomus. They are absolutely awesome to use for attaching aquatic mosses!
Our "logs" are sections of thick branches, cut from large root sections, and are pretty good-sized, with diameters averaging about 1.5"-2" (3.81-5.08cm) and lengths from 7"-12.5" (17.78-30.48cm) or so .They're carefully hand selected for uniqueness of shape and size, brush cleaned in fresh water, and ready to go! They come as individual pieces, each with some distinct features, and are unique in both size and shape!
To use, lightly rinse with fresh water, then soak. You can boil them for a few minutes as well, to help saturate them. Like so many aquatic woods, the biggest frustration with this one is that it often floats initially. If you have a large enough container, boiling them in water can saturate them more quickly; however, it can often take about a week or so of soaking and a good rinse to get them to sink and release some of the materials within their structure that can cloud your tank water. Of course, once you're satisfied with that they're not clouding the water, you can always weight them down with some rock to overcome this buoyancy thing before they become fully waterlogged!
NOTE: Every branch is different, so the photo serves as a representation of what to expect the typical specimens to look like. We will select based on the inventory at hand.
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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!
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