Coconut Shell | Half Size
Coconut shells come from coconut palm trees. They are the protective outer layer of the coconut fruit. However, after the shells are emptied, dried, and aged and the protective husk is removed, coconut shells can be used in various ways in aquariums, most commonly as caves for small fish, plecos, and shrimp. Our half-size coconut shells typically have a one large opening. Their exterior is smooth and predominantly brown. They are natural, completely safe to use in aquariums, and an environmentally friendly choice.
How to use Coconut Shells in Your Aquarium
Coconut shells can provide hiding places for fish and shrimp. The hollow interior of the shell creates a natural-looking cave where shy fish can find refuge. Other fish such as small South American cichlids like Apistogramma or German Ram will use these coconut caves to establish their territories, spawn, and raise their fry. Plecos also love these caves and will use them as their shelter and potentially as spawning sites.
In rivers, lakes, and streams, fish encounter all sorts of natural structures, including tree roots, sunken driftwood, rocks, tree leaves, seeds, and other botanicals. These coconut shells will help you recreate a more natural environment for your fish and shrimp. By providing a natural environment to your fish, you will make them feel more secure, encourage them to behave more naturally and increase their overall health, and well-being.
How to Prepare Coconut Caves for Your Aquarium
We recommend that, before you place a coconut shell in your aquarium, you rinse it gently under tap water to remove any dust or small debris. No further preparation is necessary.
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The photo shown represents a random coconut. As they are all unique, you should expect slight variations in the shape, size, color, or location of the holes. In addition, some coconuts might come with natural cracks. These cracks are not defects but rather add to the weathered, natural look and feel of an already amazing and organic product.
This little coconut hut was not in my aquarium very long before my betta packed his bags, gave up his high rise penthouse, and moved downtown into the Palm Tree subdivision. He has not looked back since! It has a larger front hole for entry and 2 smaller ones for him to look out. It is rather spacious. Definitely appealing to my eye. It looks and feels pretty sturdy as well. Definitely happy I ordered this! Thank you!