We're big fans of mixing all sorts of materials together to create a cool leaf litter zone in our aquariums. And diversity is really important, not only because you get different levels of beneficial humic substances in various materials, but for the sheer aesthetic diversity as well. Here we have a miniature version (approximately 1/2 to 1/4 the size) of our much-loved "Mariposa Pod", a palm-derived product that's perfect to mix in with your leaf litter. They are clean, free of pesticides or other contaminants, and are carefully collected and sun dried.
"Mini Mariposa Pods", like their bigger brothers, are "featherweight" botanical, which are essentially like leaves in their texture, appearance, and use. The neat thing about these little guys is that they could work really nicely in a "nano-sized" aquarium, perhaps even comprising the majority of a leaf litter bed, in which you could mix in other small leaves and botanicals as the exclusive substrate, perhaps with "Fundo Tropical" and a bit of fine sand to hold 'em all together! They are well-suited, of course, as another component in your larger "leaf litter" biotope, or even as "supplemental" pieces for other natural botanical-style 'scapes. They provide foraging areas for fish like Tetras, Dwarf Cichlids, and catfishes, as well as for ornamental shrimp. They're really cool for vivarium use, too! They're about 3" in length, and 2" wide on average.
These pods will leach some tannins into the water over the long term. You'll need to prepare them in order to waterlog them, because they float like crazy when first immersed! Treat them just like leaves! You can either waterlog them with a 1-2 week room temperature freshwater soak, or better- boil them for at least 30 minutes before use.
"Mini Mariposa Pods" are versatile little aquatic botanicals, and they offer a great combination of aesthetics, form, and function for aquarium use! They come in a convenient 1 oz. (approx. 28.35g) package, which gives you a nice quantity to start with.
ORIGIN: South America
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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