10-23-2011, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
They are particularly useful in fry tanks. Infusoria will be plentiful on the leaves as they begin to break down (which is quite slow), an excellent first food for fry. Snails relish them too, same reason.
You need to have them completely dry. Collect them after they have been on the ground a while, not from the tree, so the natural sap/juice is gone and the leaf is "dry." After you collect them, spread them out to complete the drying. Then put them in a plastic bag and use as needed. They will float for a few days at first, but then sink to the bottom.
Oak works very well, as do beech leaves.
I have 2 questions Byron, 1st being how long does one need to let them dry for after collecting them? The 2nd is how long should one leave them in the aquarium for?