The outer fruit wall, or pericarp, of the "Betel Palm" (Areca catechu) is a cream-colored fibrous little botanical that is interesting and useful. It's interesting, cup-like shape makes it a neat accent to a mixed bed of botanicals in an aquarium or a vivarium.
Being rather lightweight and small (about 2"/5cm) in length, they're surprisingly durable. Like many botanicals, they will recruit biofilms and release small quantities of tannins and other organic compounds into the water when submerged.
PREPARATION: We recommend that you boil them for at least 45-60 minutes or more before use, then let them cool for about 5 additional minutes. Sometimes it takes a much longer "boil/soak" time to help them sink, as they are very lightweight.
ORIGIN: Tamil Nadu, India
NOTE: The photo is for illustrative purposes. As these are a natural product, expect variation in the appearance of the pods that you will receive.
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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