"Sappanwood" Pods are the dried fruits of the Biancaea sappan tree, which is native to tropical regions in Asia. It's known commonly as the "Indian Redwood" or "Sappanwood" tree. These distinctive botanicals are known to contain antimicrobials, flavonoids, and of course, tannins. In fact, the dried bark and fruit are used for dying fabric, so it's no surprise that these guys can impart a significant tint to the water!
These are perfect to help cover open substrate and supplement leaf litter to simulate tropical stream bottoms. They will definitely recruit some biofilms over time, and we've seen our catfishes graze all over them!
They are pretty good-sized, often averaging up to about 6"-7" in (15.24-17.78cm) length, with a width of about 2" (5.08cm), so they can really create unique aesthetic accents in your blackwater, botanical-style aquarium.
PREPARATION: You'll need to boil these pods 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. That being said, these guys surprisingly almost always sink immediately after submersion!
ORIGIN: Tropical Asia
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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