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Re: Oak Leaves?
Shane Essary wrote:
> Something I've always wondered.
> How do you use oak leaves in the aquarium? What kinds? Do you just pick
> them green off the tree, rinse them well and drop em in? Or do you wait
> till they drop off in Autumn? Boil first?
> Just curious..
I only use a small amount, so I go out after they have fallen and are quite
brown, and collect the dry leaves in a big plastic bag.
I microwave to boiling, a small amount at a time, so the worst tannins are
released, they are rinsed of any deposits from auto exhaust or pesticides,
and (most important) they will sink. :-)
I don't use the oval CA live-oak leaves with the stickery edges. I look for
the softer deeply lobed larger leaves found on more seasonal varieties of
Oaks. Here, I also have to be careful not to mix in Bay Laurel or Eucalyptus
leaves, as they have such stong aromatics and oils (the fish don't seem to
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