Kachnar Tree Pods are the dried seed pods of the Bauhinia variegata tree, which is native to tropical regions in Asia. Ours are sourced from a family-owned business in India, and they're really cool little botanicals! They are free of pesticides or other contaminants, and are carefully collected gently cleaned, and sun dried.
Very similar in appearance to the Dried Sappanwood Pods, only smaller and thinner, these botanicals are known to contain some antimicrobials, flavonoids, and of course, tannins.
Kachnar Tree Pods are a perfect natural "prop" to add to a mixed substrate of botanicals and leaves. They're great botanicals to use to simulate a stream bottom biotope, providing foraging areas for fish, and wonderful aesthetic benefits for you!
They will definitely recruit some biofilms over time, and we've seen our catfishes graze all over them! They are relatively small, averaging about 6"-7" in (15.24-17.78cm) length, with a width of about 1/2" (1.27cm). They look really cool when mixed in with other pieces, like Fishtail Palm stems, etc.
These neat little pods will leach some tannins into the water over the long term. Initially, they can really color the water! You'll need to boil them for at least 15 minutes (sometimes a bit more) to release some of the initial tannins and organics that may be trapped in their tissues. Surprisingly, they almost always sink immediately after submersion!
You might want to employ an overnight soak as well, just to make sure they release any remaining surface dirt, lignin, and organics released during the boiling process. And, like some of the other "twisted" botanicals, they can "un-twist" themselves after preparation..Not to worry- they're actually pliable enough after boiling to "reshape" them by hand if you want!
Kachnar Tree Pods are really cool aquatic botanicals, with a great combination of aesthetics, form, and function for a variety of aquatic uses! We include 5 in a package for convenience.
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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