We love these botanicals, because they have the appearance of a leaf, but have the "heft" that you'd expect from a seed pod. Derived from the Aspidosperma pyrifolium tree from Brazil, They have a wonderful, "teardrop-like" shape (hence the name), and really will look great as a sort of "transitional" botanical in your leaf litter zone!
They help evoke that tropical stream-bottom look, reminiscent of the pods and fruits which fall into the water. They're good-sized, too- averaging about 2.25"-3.25"(5.71-8.25cm) in length, and about 1.25-1.5" (3.17-3.81cm) wide at their widest point. They have an interesting, pebbled, nut-like outer shell and a smooth, woody interior.
As an added "perk", shrimp seem to like to pick at the slightly softer interior of this pod as it slowly breaks down!
PREPARATION: We recommend boiling them for at least 30-45 minutes to get them waterlogged enough to sink. They sometimes can be stubborn, taking a bit longer, however.
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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