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post #1 of 12 Old 02-11-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Florida live oak tree leaves in aqauriums?

I was looking at some of the dead leaves on the property where I am staying in Florida (I left -25C back home, nice change) and I asked what kind they were. Live Oak.

I know that they are not the same oaks as at home at all but they are a hardwood and the leaves look durable.

Has anyone used these in their tanks or know if they can be used without leaching something harmful into the water? I would plan on boiling and re-drying them before using them.

I like their size as they are much smaller than regular oak leaves so they won't cover the bottom quite the same.

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-11-2013, 10:07 AM
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I have used these leaves and currently using leaves from birch tree.
No need to boil the leaves or rinse them for that matter so long as you are certain no pesticides or other chemical's have been used on tree's or ground where leaves are lying.
I gather enough leaves in the fall after they are dry and only soak em for a day or two until thety sink in the bucket otherwise,,they will float for a day or two in the aquarium
Tannin's they relase cause no harm to fishes, but do stain the water depending on how many and what size the leaves are.
Personally think there are infusoria cyst's on the leaves that young fishes and shrimp readily get after, so is another reason not to boil them.(have seen shrimp's young fish feed from the leaves)
I normally let the leaves deteriorate and replace em once the original's are all but gone.
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I have those leaves in my tank, they've worked beautifully.
I always boil mine for about twenty minutes just to be safe, you never know what could be on them. I let them sit in a bag of tank water overnight so that they'll absorb water and will sink when they're placed in the tank.
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I have a few select handful in my 75. I'd boil them for safety measures and soak them according to how much tannins you like.

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-11-2013, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'm going to bring some home then and have some more brought back by someone else (motorhome)... get about a year's worth.

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How are you liking FL so far? Must be a bit of a shock with the weather and all, haha.
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As I don't particularly like many floating plants...and the ones I do are epic hard to get hold of..... and someone mentioned they float for a few days....
Is there a leaf out there that won't sink? I quite like the idea of floating leaves permanently....

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How are you liking FL so far? Must be a bit of a shock with the weather and all, haha.
No, warmer weather is never a shock until I head back... cold is a shock. I usually head down here April/May as we like the hotter weather and don't like going back to winter.

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As I don't particularly like many floating plants...and the ones I do are epic hard to get hold of..... and someone mentioned they float for a few days....
Is there a leaf out there that won't sink? I quite like the idea of floating leaves permanently....
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-11-2013, 10:08 PM
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Haha Jeff, there not quite what I was looking for
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