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  • #302000

    ender2811
    Participant

    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?

    #347132

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Beech is ok too. Just make sure they’re thoroughly dried before use.

    #347137

    Colin
    Participant

    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

    #347139

    Stefan
    Member

    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.

    #347141

    ender2811
    Participant

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

    PM sent Colin.

    #347145

    Colin
    Participant

    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

    #347146

    ender2811
    Participant

    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 /thumbs_up.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:thumbsup:” border=”0″ alt=”thumbs_up.gif” /> Keep it up.

    #347150

    Michelle
    Participant

    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.

    #347151

    Colin
    Participant

    of course – just pm me an email

    cheers
    C

    #347152

    Michelle
    Participant

    PM’d, I think

    #347166

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Michelle @ Feb 14 2012, 11:28 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    PM’d, I think http://www.britishcichlid.org.uk/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.

    #347167

    ender2811
    Participant

    LOL, Ste I read this article a few days ago but i never noticed you were the author

    #347221

    Michelle
    Participant

    Received the article thanks Colin.

    Cheers Ste, nice article.

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