Urchin Pods - Peruvian Blackwater Botanicals
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Product Description: Urchin Pods go by many names in this hobby, Bolsa Pods, Bolsa de Pastor, and Zeheryia, which makes identifying their scientific name somewhat of a challenge as these all lead to different botanicals from around the globe. So with that in mind, we will stick with Urchin Pods as they are the most widely accepted name in the aquarium and paludarium hobby. Urchin pods for aquariums are great botanicals to use with South American fish as they come all the way to us from the Amazon Jungles of Perú. They will float in the aquarium for a number of days before sinking down to the substrate, where they will act as caves for all fish and crustaceans that love to seek refuge in botanical elements on the leaf litter bed. Those who opt to use our Urchin Pods in paludariums will see they are quickly colonized by isopods, where their soft insides are gradually consumed over time. Their durable outside casing will last for a long time in both terrestrial and aquatic enclosures. They will release a soft brown tint to the water, with mild pH reducing properties (which you will only see in RODI water).
Not for Human Consumption. Preparation Required.
Quantities: Available in 4c Urchin Seed Pods. Measures 4-6" across and 1-2" wide. This is a natural product; variation between leaves and botanicals is expected.
Aquarium Botanical Location: Amazon Junbles, Perú.
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.
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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.