Teddy Bear Cholla Wood is an extra thick, decorative softwood that has many great uses in the aquarium, paludarium, vivarium, and aquarium!
Teddy Bear Cholla Wood is the fibrous wood from the Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), which is native to Mexico and the Southwest United States. Like the more common Cholla species, it is a softwood that will slowly break down in the aquarium, releasing tannins and lowering pH. This is especially useful in aquariums with animals and plants that thrive in acidic conditions. Teddy Bear Cholla Wood can also be used to help buffer down the pH in extremely alkaline water that is common in many municipal water sources, resulting in a pH that is closer to neutral.
In addition to its buffering qualities, Teddy Bear Cholla Wood is also great for decorative use. Plants can be attached to its porous surface, resulting in a very natural aquascape. Each round piece of this wood has an ample hollow core, which provides ideal shelter for reclusive animals of all types. We sometimes call our Teddy Bear Cholla Wood pieces "pleco carports" because they are the perfect size for many popular pleco species to find refuge and even spawn.
Our Teddy Bear Cholla Wood has been fully dried and is almost ready for aquarium use. However, we HIGHLY recommend boiling it to remove excess tannins before adding it to the aquarium. (Excess tannins can cause a sudden pH drop which can be a concern to some animals like inverts.) Since it is exceptionally thick, a few rounds of boiling might be necessary, and it is also important to rinse with cool water or let the wood sit after boiling before adding it to the aquarium. Even after boiling, Teddy Bear Cholla Wood may release some debris and tannins. This is normal and these things can be removed with a water change. It may take additional time for this wood to sink, but it can be tied to a rock until it becomes waterlogged. This last step of preparation can be done in the aquarium or in another container of water, such as a bucket.
We are currently offering mostly straight pieces of Teddy Bear Cholla Wood. Diameter and appearance varies somewhat in each piece, but we are selling all pieces at 2.5 inch (6.3 cm) and 5 inch (12.7 cm) lenghts.