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Leaf Litter
February 12, 2012
11:24 pm
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ender2811
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What sort of leaves can be used safely?
I've sifted through the forum and oak and almond are mentioned. Are there any others? How do I prepare them for tank use?

February 13, 2012
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Beech is ok too. Just make sure they're thoroughly dried before use.

Cake or death?
February 13, 2012
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Beech might be the best (Fagus sylvatica) as it lasts a long time in the water. You can make the leaf litter as deep as you want with beech but i find that oak and especially almond will rot quickly like this... PM me an email address and I'll send a copy of the article about leaf litter I had in TFH last year

just dry them out as Matt says - dont ever boil them as you are removing the beneficial humic substances. They will sink in about 2 - 3 days

cheers

February 13, 2012
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Those oak leaves (red oak?) Lasted long as well but yeah; nothing beats beech. Personally I prefer a mix of different types of leaves to make it look more natural.

February 13, 2012
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Thanks guys.
Would you expect the litter to have an effect on pH of KH=6 water?

PM sent Colin.

February 13, 2012
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only a slight change, I dont think the leaves will lower it that much initially, but after a month or so you willl get a difference.

are you looking for blackwater as you might want to consider alder cones Alnus sp. You will have them in Croatia too

email sent back /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

February 13, 2012
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Got the file, Thanks a lot.
I'm not aiming for a blackwater setup. I'm adding the litter for the benefit of some Agassizis I'm getting. The rest of the benefits are a bonus /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

P.S. Nicely done Colin. Great article. Actually answered some other Qs I had (bottled leaf extract, dead leaves vs dried green ones). /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> Keep it up.

February 14, 2012
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Colin: any chance you could send me the same article if I drop you my e-mail?

Might be useful for my new Apisto project when I'm up and running.

February 14, 2012
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of course - just pm me an email

cheers
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February 14, 2012
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PM'd, I think /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

February 15, 2012
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QUOTE (Michelle @ Feb 14 2012, 11:28 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
PM'd, I think /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

It always pays to read as much as possible so heres the article i wrote on the same subject. http://www.britishcichlid.org....../index.php...p&Itemid=13

Colin i read your article in TFH but dont have a copy on my computor, any chance of you sending me it, cheers mate.

February 15, 2012
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LOL, Ste I read this article a few days ago but i never noticed you were the author /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

February 19, 2012
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Received the article thanks Colin.

Cheers Ste, nice article.

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