These attractive botanicals are pretty respectable in size; ranging from about 2.75"- 4" (6.98-10.16cm) in length, and about 1.25" to 2" (3.17-5.08cm) wide. They're a dense, surprisingly heavy little pod with an interesting, leaf-like appearance, highly variable in color. Actually a fruit segment of the Brazilian tree, Kielmeyera lathrophyton, they're another perfect "surrogate" for the many types of fruits which fall into tropical waterways.
Small fishes and shrimp will spend a lot of time foraging among them, and small fry will occasionally speak refuge in them, much as they do with leaves! They give off a lot of tannins and can really help tint the water! Although they soften after submersion, these are durable and long-lasting botanicals with many aesthetic applications! Check out our recent "Behind the Botanical" for a lot of detailed information on this unique botanical!
PREPARATION: We recommend boiling them for at least half an hour to get them waterlogged enough to sink. It could take longer, depending on the particular pod! As with our other pods, the prep time is totally worth it for the aesthetic reward that these bring to your biotope.
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
The beautiful fruit, or "follicle", as botanists call it) of the jungle tree Sterculia foetida are among our favorite botanicals! Also known locally in Southeast Asia as the "Java Olive." They are carefully collected as...
A true "gift from the jungle", the Cariniana Pod comes to us from the Cariniana legalis tree from South America. Interestingly, these are some of Brazil's oldest trees, with some...
YOUR BOTANICAL JOURNEY BEGINS WITH THE CLASSIC "ENIGMA PACK" EXPERIENCE! We're all about the power of "self-curation"- empowering you to create with the widest selection of natural botanical materials around....