Here we have a beautiful little botanical that is not only easy to look at- it's easy to prepare for use as well! Looking somewhat similar to the larger, more substantial "Teardrop Pod", these little gems look for all the world like miniature Manta Rays- hence the name! They range is size from 1.5"-2.5" in circumference.
They are perfect for utilizing as a supplement to leaf litter, or along with other botanicals as a diminutive, yet very noticeable "supporting player" in a "substrate enrichment" role. They last a pretty long time, and will attract the attention of your ornamental shrimp, Plecos, and other grazers, which will rasp at their slightly softer interior over time. They will also recruit a little biofilm over time, making them even more attractive to the aforementioned creatures!
Preparation is surprisingly easy. You have a couple of options. You can boil them for 10 minutes or so, followed by a freshwater soak for a few days. Or, you can simply rinse them off and put them in a container of warm freshwater, and they typically will waterlog and sink on their own after a day or two. Change the water in the soak container, keep 'em in there for 4-5 days or more, rinse, and add to your aquarium!
All in all, these are a great little "accent botanical" that have useful utilitarian functions, including a grazing substrate, a supplemental food, and even a shelter for small fishes and shrimp! We fell in love with these the first time we saw them, and we suspect you might, too!
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!
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