Looking for all the world like turtle shells, these are awesome little botanicals, which will be a perfect supplement to your leaf litter, lasting significantly longer than say, Catappa leaves, but not nearly as long as "Encontro Pods", "Savu Pods", and the like. They definitely have an "exotic" look, which is the perfect aesthetic for any tropical stream biotope.
As pods go, these are on the smaller size; ranging from about 2.25"-2.5" in length, and about 1.25" to 1.75" wide. They're a beautiful little pod with an interesting, nut-like outer shell and a woody interior.
They will begin to recruit a "biofilm" after a relatively short period of time under water, which fish fry, small fishes, snails, and ornamental shrimp will appreciate. They do break down significantly after a few weeks, and enrich the aquarium environment with their tannins. You may opt to leave them in place, or remove them, depending upon your aesthetic and practical preferences.
These delightful little pods are of the "lightweight" variety, and tend to sink after about a 35-40 minute boil. We highly recommend an additional soak of a day or two in room temperature fresh water, to assure that they get a good "saturation", and release any initial built up tannins and concentrations of other organic materials.
We include 10 pieces in a package for added value and to help you better employ the aesthetic benefit of these pods in your biotope system.
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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