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Leaf Piles in your tank
Old 03-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
 
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Leaf Piles in your tank

I had gotten some oak leaves a while back, but I had to get them from a park not my neighborhood...
My neighborhood has some maple trees and I found that you can use maple trees as well, I found some leaves to make a pile. A few have SOME color to them still, can I still use those?

Lastly, there's a kumquat tree right outside my apartment, it drops brown leaves quite a bit. Can you use those in an aquarium?

Here's pictures of them:


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Old 03-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
 
Why do you want to? Adding organic materials that add to the waste load seems like a bad idea, don't you think?
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
 
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o.O
I had oak leaf piles and the tank was just fine. I'm adding these for my kuhli loaches.


Several other people have done this with no issues as well.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
 
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Oh how exciting, I am going to get some soon too for my cichlid tank to help them raise babies later on.
I'm pretty sure I've read maple is fine too. And I would use all those leaves also. :p
Curious, are you going to take them out eventually or let them decompose completely in the tank?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
 
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I'll remove them one they start falling apart. My oak leaves where in there for quite some time before they couldn't hold together anymore. My kuhlis miss their leaf piles, so I had to go hunt for more leaves for them. The log decor wasn't cutting it xD
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
 
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Oh, how many kuhlis do you have now? I must have missed that update.
Can't wait to get my leaves in the tank, I wanna try letting them rot all the way.

PS this my fave loach video ever!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bQejPql3uo
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
 
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doesnt decomposing plant matter flux ph?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
 
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It can lower the pH, but it barely will put a dent in the number (especially if you are doing a lot of water changes).
Technically, yes, in practice, unless your kH is very low, it won't by more than a decimal.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:51 PM   #9
 
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I got 6 more brown kuhlis to befriend my old man purp. I just got them today, hopefully they'll all buddy buddy together. I'm worried Purp won't associate with them because they're not striped like him.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
 
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OMG! That video is so cute. They all lurve those leaves.
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