If you're looking for another alternative or addition to leaf litter in your biotope aquarium, this is a great substrate enhancer, as it will give you a similar leaf litter "effect", with a bit less of the tannin-leaching. The fruit of the Terminalia paniculata tree from India, these very lightweight botanicals are remarkable for their "Starfruit-like" appearance. Astute "tinters" will recognize the genus, Terminalia, as the same one the popular Catappa (Indian Almond) Tree belongs to!
It is a perfect component of any botanical-style leaf litter biotope, and resembles the materials which fall into tropical streams or accumulate on flooded forest floors, enriching the waters and providing foraging areas for many species of fishes. These interesting botanicals are small, earth-toned, and paper-thin!
PREPARATION: They require a little boiling or even steeping in boiling water. They typically will sink after about 20 minutes or so of preparation. Alternatively, you could do a prolonged room temperature freshwater soak over the course of several days to a week, and get the job done.
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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