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Product Description: Alder cones (Alnus rubra) are one of our most popular aquarium botanicals here at Betta Botanicals. For good reason, they are full of tannins! Their tint-producing properties land them in the top 10 list of our highest tannin botanicals, plus alder cones contain an abundance of antioxidants, humic acids, polyphenols, and other health-promoting compounds. Our alder cones are hand-picked by us here in the Pacific Northwest and could help lower the pH of soft water, meaning they can act as a more sustainable solution to the use of peat moss. The high surface area of alder cones cultivates an abundance of biofilms and fungal networks, making them great for shrimp and other sucker-mouth fish to graze on. Depending on the fish and invertebrates you have in your aquarium, we consider alder cones to be durable aquarium botanicals to add texture to your botanical method aquarium. We provide a mix of single alder cones and alder cones in clusters.
Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required.
Quantities: 25g, about 80c Alder Cones, or 50g, about 160c Alder Cones. Sizes range. This is a natural product, and variation between leaves and botanicals is expected. There will be single cones, and cones still attached to the twigs inside the bag.
Aquarium Botanical Location: USA, North America
It entirely depends on your water chemistry. Soft water will allow the botanicals to lower your pH more than if you have medium or hard water. At Betta Botanicals HQ our tap water is Very Hard, ( 350+ppm) and we do not notice a change in water pH unless using Alder Cones or Macaranga leaves.
White growths are the colonization of biofilms and fungi in the aquarium. We call this the 'goo phase' and it is totally natural. Botanicals are fuel for the ecosystem and the populations of bacteria and fungi will naturally rise and fall.
100% yes. Our botanicals are for aquariums terrariums, vivariums and all natural enclosures.
We DO NOT recommend using botanicals that these fish can ingest. Botanicals like casuarina cones, small alder cones, and live oak are not suited for these animals. Large aquarium leaves like Indian almond, loquat, and jackfruit are preferred.
We recommend letting aquarium leaves and seed pods entirely break down into beneficial detritus. You can absolutely remove them after they don’t release tannins anymore, you just don’t get all potential benefits of leaving them in the aquarium.
All products from Betta Botanical show live shipping rates from your prefered carrier. We offer FREE shipping on USA orders over $50. Aquatic Plants have an additional $8 charge as they require expedited shipping which is either USPS Priority Mail or FedEx 2Day, depending on your location. Wood has a Flat Shipping fee of $8. If an item has an assigned shipping $ value to it, this $ value is applied even when the order total qualifies for free shipping due to shipping costs, packing material, and time to carefully package your products.
Live plants ship Mondays and Tuesdays for orders received by 9pm PST on the previous day. Live plants are shipped via USPS Priority Mail or Fedex Express 2Day. Live arrival is guaranteed as long as you follow the DOA Policy below.
Live plant orders are only shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays to prevent them from being held over the weekend at the post office. This means it could take 6 days for your order to ship (live plant orders placed monday evenings after 9pm, ship the following Monday morning). Orders containing only botanicals will ship within 1-4 business days. Thank you!
We strongly recommend following the botanical preparation instructions. These instructions ensure that any 'potential contaminants' are removed if they find their way onto your leaves, bark, and seed pods.
Came perfectly and added so much to my aquariums
So adorable. Comes with some twigs attached to them as well. These are going to look great.
I love these cones, awesome detail
Got the big bag because I love the crazy detail they give next to the oak leaves and plus my snails love to snack on them too!