Cocoa Pods

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Style: 4c Jumbo Cocoa Pods

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Product Description: The ideal hideout for aquariums and vivariums, the cocoa pod is an ideal botanical for all ecosystems. Sourced directly from the lush forests of Sumatra, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, these Cocoa Pods offer a unique and natural addition to your blackwater or botanical aquarium. Unlike our other botanicals, our cocoa pods do not impact the water's tint or pH, unless you are using RODI water. Their dark black composition and rough, bumpy exterior provide the perfect hiding place and spawning site for fish like Bettas, Apistogramma, and Plecos. In the vivarium, they are ideal food sources for springtails and isopods, and great caves and resting spots for newts, frogs, and many more. Each pod is hand-selected and harvested with care to ensure the highest quality and sustainability, making our Cocoa Pods an exceptional choice for your aquarium's ecosystem. An abundance of biofilms is known to colonize these pods, so do not be alarmed if, after a couple of days, you have a lush layer of biofilms. It is recommended that you leave these biofilms alone, but if you must, you may siphon them out during your water exchange.  

Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required.

Betta Botanicals' products are not just about enhancing aquatic¬†ecosystems ‚Äď they're committed to sustainability. Packaged in bags made of renewable sugarcane, these materials are biodegradable and compostable, reducing environmental impact. Moreover, Betta Botanicals is proud to run on solar energy, taking a step towards a greener future for both your¬†ecosystems and the planet.

Quantities: Available in 1c and 4c Cocoa Pods in either size small or size large pods. Sizes and shapes range. This is a natural product; variation between leaves and botanicals is expected.

Aquarium Botanical Location: Sumatra, Indonesia.

Aquarium Botanical FAQs 

  1. Please reference our Shipping and Hassle-Free Return Policy at the bottom of the screen. All Products are packaged inside sustainably sourced and renewable sugar cane fibers allowing them to be fully biodegradable and compostable. Yes, you can bury these bags in your backyard to enrich your soils. 
  2. Please refer to our botanical preparation instructions. These Botanicals are grown and harvested in pesticide-free environments and it is recommended to use 2-3 botanical pieces per 5 gallons to start, wait 5-7 days, or for the next water exchange to then add more.
  3. Our aquarium and vivarium botanicals, leaves, and seed pods are not for human consumption, ever.

Commonly Asked Questions:


1) Will Botanicals Lower The pH Of My Water?

It entirely depends on your water's 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.


2) What Are The Fluffy White Growth On My Botanicals?

White growths are the colonization of biofilms and fungi. 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. 


3) I Don't Keep Bettas. Will These Botanicals Be Okay For My Critters?

100% yes. Our botanicals are for aquariums, terrariums, vivariums, and all natural enclosures wishing to recreate a more natural environment.


4) I Have Goldfish and Axolotls, What Botanicals Should I Avoid?

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 leaf litter are preferred. 


5) When Should I Replace My Aquarium Leaves?

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 won't get all potential benefits of leaving them in the ecosystem. 

Ben sitting at a desk with a shipping box in his lap at Betta Botanicals.

Betta Botanicals Shipping And DOA Policy

All products from Betta Botanical show live shipping rates from our preferred carrier. We offer FREE shipping on select USA orders over $35. 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. Manzanita Wood and Rasamala Borneo Roots have a USA Flat Shipping fee of $10, unless you spend $35+. Our merch is shipped direct to you from an off site curator and we cannot offer free shipping on those items. 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. For international orders, kindly note that customs may impose applicable taxes and duties, which are the responsibility of the customer. If you choose not to cover these fees and decide to return your order, we'll gladly refund you the product cost. However, please be aware that the shipping label cost will not be refunded in this case.


When Do You Ship Live Plants?

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.


What Are Betta Botanicals Processing Times?

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!


What Is Our DOA Policy?

Email us at with photos of your plants within 2 hrs of delivery notification with the shipping carrier of the plants inside of the bag. Do not order plants if they will have to sit inside of your mailbox for an entire workday in 85+ degrees or in temps below freezing. Plants are perishable and we reserve the right to hold shipments until stable weather conditions on our end of shipping. Plants are not duckweed or snail free.


Do I Have To Follow The Preparation Instructions?

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 during storage or shipping.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews

Jumbo is right ūüėć I can't wait to get these in my aquarium. All 4 are amazing pieces

cocoa pods

purchased these on a whim because i thought they might look cool in tank. I was right . they also double as nice places for fish to hide . very happy with this product and betta botanicals, really like that they come in multi packs and different sizes.


Awesome pods.high quality.would Def purchase again.

My newts are obsessed!

The most functional botanical, my newts hang out inside and on top of theirs all the time!


Looks great and is a good choice for a smaller tnsk


Nice and big! Bigger then you think