Looking for all the world like turtle shells, the split fruit capsule of the Jacaranda tree, Jacaranda cuspidifolia, is an awesome little botanical, which will be a perfect supplement to your leaf litter. They definitely have an "exotic" look, which is the perfect aesthetic for any tropical stream biotope!
They will begin to recruit a "biofilm" after a relatively short period of time under water, which fish fry, small fishes, snails, and ornamental shrimp will appreciate.
As pods go, these are on the smaller size; ranging from about 2.25"-2.5" (5.71-6.35cm) in length, and about 1.25" to 1.75" (3.17-4.44cm) wide. They're a beautiful little pod with an interesting, nut-like outer shell and a woody interior.
PREPARATION: Boiling is the way to go. And, being lightweight, it typically takes at least a 35-40 minute boil to get them to sink.
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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