Dried Banana Stem (single specimen)

One of our favorite botanicals has to be "Banana Stem Pieces." They are versatile, interesting, and long lasting, making them perfect for aquarium and vivarium use. We are often asked the question, "Where do Banana Stem pieces come from?" And of course, the answer (which sounds almost shockingly sarcastic) is always the same: "Banana Stems!"

And. being fish geeks, everyone then asks if we can source the intact stems. And guess what? We're both in luck! By popular demand, you CAN have it all! (As long as "all" can be defined as "an intact banana stem..")

The banana plant is a staple of tropical agriculture. So many parts of this plant are used for so many purposes- including its stems! These stems definitely add to the "authenticity" of your jungle stream biotope aquarium, and look super cool! They are free of pesticides or other contaminants, gently cleaned, and sun dried. These are pretty good-sized, ranging from about 14"- 24" (35.56cm-60.96cm) or so in length, with the average being about 18" (45.72cm) in length.

Banana stems have a cool, almost bonelike appearance and texture, and are quite strong. They make great little foraging areas for a variety of aquatic creatures. Dwarf shrimp, in particular, love grazing on  the biofilms they recruit over time, and on the softening stems themselves as they begin to break down after being submerged. These are another perfect, natural "prop" to simulate the river biotope, where branches, seeds, and pods fall into the water and accumulate, adding to the richness of the environment.

These stems are pretty hard on the outside, and largely inert, in our experience, yet they are capable of imparting a slight "tint" to the water. And they still may leach some tannins into the water over the long term. They are super light, and by now, you know what that means... 

Like all of the cool stuff, you'll need to boil these for at least an hour (sometimes a bit more) to waterlog them, because they are really quite light and readily float when first immersed! Now, with a botanical this large, that's a challenge unless you have a large pot. Of course, you can can simple soak them for a week or so to help waterlog them, or some combination of the two. As with some of our other very lightweight botanicals, on rare occasions, you may even need to get really clever and weigh them down to get them to sink, even after boiling! On the other hand, you could tie some plants to them and create a floating moss branch...Oh, creativity!

These stems will gradually decompose and soften over a very long period time when submerged, adding to the richness of your aquarium environment. Another interesting phenomenon happens after they're submerged for a while: They often "swell up" to several times their "dry" diameter, which creates a great effect! 

All in all, these stems are awesome aquatic botanicals, perfect natural aquascaping "props!"and they are ideal for a variety of applications, ranging from aquarium to vivariums!


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. If you specify that you want one of the longer or shorter ones, we'll do our best to accommodate your request, based upon what is available in our inventory at the time of your order, but cannot guarantee that we'll have the exact size you want available!

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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