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Mol_PMB:
In my ongoing search for more interesting things to add tannins to my tanks, I came across this website:

https://tanninaquatics.com/pages/aquatic-botancial-preparation

It's a US-based firm that sells various South American leaves, seed pods etc that are typical of what might fall into a river in the Amazon basin. I can't comment directly on their products or service, but the page I have linked gives a comprehensive list of potential decor items, together with advice on their preparation for use in a tank. That's pretty helpful!

So, I then started looking to see if I could find a UK-based supplier of similar items. I found this website: (they also have an ebay shop).

https://www.pollywog.co.uk/product-category/natural-decor/

There are four pages of pods, seeds, leaves etc for sale. Although primarily intended for amphibian tanks, many of them are suitable for fish too.

I've ordered a selection of different types of seed pods and will report back here when I receive them.

As part of my tank rationalisation I am intending to re-purpose one of my 90L tanks to house my growing family of Dicrossus filamentosus and my marble hatchets, perhaps with a few juvenile twig cats as well. I'm planning a slow-flowing tannin-rich environment with leaves, branches and hidey-holes, so these pods should be ideal.

kas:
I do like the sound of this set up, and thanks for the info. I think a few brazil nut pods and rain forest leaves would be ideal for my tank!

Vale!:
Excellent!

Only last week I was rummaging around in a tank and one of the bamboo 'caves' that I've been using for more than five years split as I was lifting it. "Time to think about replacing them soonish", I thought.  So I've ordered some Savu pods (I've been meaning to try them for a while) and Brazil nut thingies.  It's a shame they don't seem to indicate what size most of their catalogue items are - but we'll see, I guess!

Mol_PMB:
On their ebay listings, at least one of the photos of each item type is shown next to a ruler. For example, the last photo on:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181625269159

Beware, sometimes it's the inches side of the ruler showing and sometimes it's in cm!

Also there is of course natural variation in size between the pods; again this can be estimated from the photos on the ebay listings.

DoubleDutch:
wow.Paul. Saved the site.
Having some of the Cavu pods.
Will try to harvest more wallnut next autumn. The tanins seem to be used in artificial tanning creams.

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