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FishyFishy89 03-07-2013 01:09 PM

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:
http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3bb3265b.jpg
http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/...ps35662d8f.jpg
http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/...psdedbfaa2.jpg

AbbeysDad 03-07-2013 01:31 PM

Why do you want to? Adding organic materials that add to the waste load seems like a bad idea, don't you think?

FishyFishy89 03-07-2013 01:32 PM

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.

Olympia 03-07-2013 04:37 PM

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?

FishyFishy89 03-07-2013 04:44 PM

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

Olympia 03-07-2013 04:48 PM

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! :-D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bQejPql3uo

MoneyMitch 03-07-2013 04:49 PM

doesnt decomposing plant matter flux ph?

Olympia 03-07-2013 04:50 PM

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.

FishyFishy89 03-07-2013 04:51 PM

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.

FishyFishy89 03-07-2013 04:53 PM

OMG! That video is so cute. They all lurve those leaves.


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