Ohh, what a discovery we have here!
These are absolutely "spot-on" if you're attempting to replicate a brackish water mangrove estuary! Basically the same botanicals as "Rio Fruta", but a little "fatter", these are derived from the Nypa fruticans palm (also known as the "Mangrove Palm'), these pods often fall into the water and are commonly found submerged after they saturate. They create perfect natural shelter for fishes, as well as enriching the water with beneficial tannins.
They will definitely help you recreate that "estuary" effect, and create realistic aggregations on the surface of your substrate. Ours are are harvested in a sustainable, responsible manner, then simply sun dried and rinsed. They are free from pesticides and chemicals.
They do impart some tannins, which can color your tank water and reduce the pH, and they're pretty lightweight, so we recommend that you boil them for at least 45-60 minutes or more before use, then let them cool for about 5 additional minutes. Sometimes it takes a much longer "boil/soak" time to help them sink. After boiling, we highly recommend a soak in fresh water for several days to leach out the initial burst of tannins and organics. Change the water in the soak container daily during this process They will continue to leach out tannins for some time- not a bad thing, in our opinion!
Note that, after submerging in your aquarium, these pods may recruit a "biofilm", which is not a cause for alarm. Many small fishes, shrimp, and fry will feed on it, so it's just another supplemental food source and benefit of these botanicals! They also tend to split open a little bit over time after long submersion, breaking down over many months.
These pods vary in their exact dimensions, of course, but typically are about 5"-6" in length, and are about 3.25"-4" in diameter. All in all, a gorgeous, texturally delightful botanical for a wide variety of aquatic setups!
NOTE: The photo is for illustrative purposes. As these are a natural product, expect variation in the appearance of the pods that you will receive.
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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