- Cholla wood is a product from the Cylindropuntia Bigelovii Cactus found in Mexico and USA. It’s pronounced “choy-ah.” When the cacti die and dry out, the wood remains.
- Because Cholla is hollow it makes a great hiding place for baby shrimp and adult shrimp especially while moulting and vulnerable.
- Cholla will break down over a very long period of time and a bio-film will form on which the shrimp will forage.
- Tannins will be released into the water which may stain the tank water slightly, but the tannins contain anti-bacterial and antifungal properties which help protect the shrimp.
- Due to its porous nature, cholla wood is great for attaching moss or plants and is a great natural alternative to ceramic decorations.
- DO NOT BOIL THE CHOLLA. Instead, cover it with boiling water and let it soak till it is water logged. Rinse it and add to your tank.