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AW: Oak Leaves
Thanks for the info, Allen
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> Von: owner-killietalk at AKA_Org [mailto:owner-killietalk at AKA_Org]Im
> Auftrag von Allen Johnson
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 1. Januar 2003 21:38
> An: killietalk at AKA_Org
> Betreff: Re: Oak Leaves
> I tried a product called Oak Leaf mold last year. It
> seemed to settle fast than peat moss and so tended to
> stay in the breeding container better than peat. The
> breeders accepted it somewhat reluctantly and I did
> get eggs. The material was essentially Oak leaves
> that were shredded to small size with small needles of
> stiff fibers mixed with 3-4 mm oak leaf material.
> When I tested the material in water, it did reduce pH
> somewhat and it also reduced TDS somewhat. So it has
> some ion exchange properties.
> When dried, it drains faster than peat, but it does
> not compress like peat. It does not retain water like
> peat, so draining for a few minutes instead of
> overnight like peat seems to work. I did get eggs to
> hatch successfully without belly sliders, but my
> hatches were smaller. I have since given up using
> this material and have gone back to peat for my SA annuals.
> Allen H. Johnson
> 132 Whispering Oaks Dr.
> West Chester, Pa. 19382
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