11-24-2013, 07:51 PM
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I use dried leaves from Live Oaks, and I've never once had a problem with tannins.
I'm very paranoid though, and I boil the leaves in a big ol' pot on the stove for quite a bit of time, somewhere between 20mins to an hour.
If the water in the pot gets really dark, I'll dump it, add fresh water, and boil again. I think it also helps the leaves toughen up a bit (which sounds like the opposite of what should happen, I know.)
This way they're already full of water and sink right to the bottom of the tank. You can use dechlor'd water if you want, but I use plain old tap water and haven't had an issue.
I have a solid inch thick layer of live oak leaves on the bottom of my 35 gallon for my hoarde of Kuhli Loaches. I see them pretty often, they remind me of kids in a ball pit in all honesty ;p
Hope that was helpful!
P.S. - I personally ADORE my leaf litter, as it really strikes home the natural look I like in m tank. Leaf litter substrate, crazy over grown plants, floating plants, fallen sticks...*dreamy sigh*
It's just a bonus that my kuhlis love it too!
Last edited by Chesh; 11-24-2013 at 08:10 PM..