Part of the “seed head” of the Lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera), these unique, light-as-a-feather botanicals average 8-10 cm in diameter, and are a really cool piece of decor for a Southeast Asian or Indian-themed aquarium!
These seedpods are the by-product of human food production in India (almost every part of this plant is considered edible!) and are simply collected, cleaned, and air-dried, free from chemicals or preservatives.
Interestingly, the seeds, and possibly the seed pods of the Lotus are known to contain polyphenols, protein, polysaccharides…compounds often found in other botanicals and leaves to which “medicinal” properties for fishes are ascribed. However, we’ll stop short of implying any benefit for your fishes other than their unique aesthetics!
PREPARATION: Our technique consists of boiling them for approximately 40 minutes or so, followed by an overnight soak. Being super lightweight and quite buoyant, it will take a bit of effort! One of the best things you can do is to hold them down for a short period of time during the boiling process to really get them saturated.
We’d recommend a starting quantity of a single pod for every 60 liters of aquarium water, although there is no hard and fast rule about this. Lotus Pods provide a great hiding place for small shrimplets and can lower the pH of soft water while imparting a nice brownish tint.