You will be receiving one (1) piece of Grapevine that will be between 5 to 12 inches in length. All pieces of wood will be linear in shape with 1 to 2 cut edges.
When asked, “What is the most essential part to a successful shrimp tank?” we will always respond with three key factors: leaf matter, java moss, and a piece of driftwood. Grapevine is a unique wood for the aquarium and is more recently catching on in the aquarium hobby.
Unlike other woods, Grapevine is very light and will take time to sink. You will have to boil or cure the grapevine to get it to sink. The second reason we use grapevine, or any driftwood for that matter, is because it creates surface area. What we mean is this, shrimp need places to hide, graze and sit on. By adding driftwood to an aquarium, one can more than double the surface area in a tank. The final main benefit we see from using Grapevine is the tannins. These tannins leach from the driftwood into the water column carrying a multitude of anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Although most people prefer clear aquarium water, here at Flip Aquatics we find that the slight discoloration adds character to the tank and allows the shrimp to feel more comfortable.
*This wood may grow a white bacteria after being submerged in the aquarium. It is harmless to your inhabitants. You can remove if unsightly and clean, or your tank inhabitants can graze on the bacteria. Will eventually go away with regular water changes and maintenance.
What a great piece - this is a new wood for my tanks, but I trusted when they said it would be great for my shrimp. Just as mentioned in the description: got a big layer of biofilm ... but the snails/shrimp have been chowing on it for a few days now. It’ll be clean soon, and looking great.
Thanks Flip Aquatics - everything I got from you for this new tank looks amazing (and the livestock is all healthy and happy)!
I did get a smaller piece(5-6in) but I was able to boil it and the trick to get it to sink the first time is to let it cool down completely in the water so it hold the water in better since hot water evaporates faster, allowing it to cool in the water allows for maximum water retention. My pleco loves it and I was able to saw off a nub for my 5 gallon betta tank.
My shipment arrived today! I brought the box inside to a cooler dimmer area to unpack. I am so pleased that there were NO deaths. My new white clouds, mystery snail and shrimp are resting so they can adjust a little to not being jostled in traveling. Later today they'll get to enjoy a summer tub pond. I'm excited to see them adjust and interact in as natural a setting as possible. The grapevine wood is about 8" long and perfect to add in with the other driftwood I already have. All I need to do is boil it so that it will sink. Thank you to Mike M. at Flip Aquatics!
The wood is perfect it has great places for my shrimp too hide and provides lots of food as well!
Very nice! Loved it not too big or too small and the shrimp love it too!