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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Maple leaves?

I have a huge maple tree in my backyard. I've heard of people using banana leaves, IAL, and oak leaves, but what about maples? Would they be ok for bettas?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone?

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I have never used maple leave-I did a bit of research after I read your post and couldn't find anything on them, why not do an experiment with them and tell us about them-kinda like the one that Bettaboy did with the different oak leaves and just water.
Set up some glass jars of dechlorinated water and add a set number of naturally dried maple leaves and one jar with just plain dechlorinated water as the control and monitor the levels-ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, temp, cloudiness, tannins...etc......document and report....maybe even look at adding a fish at one point if water prams are safe or better a common snail or some type of aquatic something....
Just a thought......
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Thanks! I actually just set up a jar just to see if tanins come out :)

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Do tell us the results! I may go pick up some leaves in the park if they do release any.


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Ok so the first jar failed...then I realized it's not even a maple leaf...my mistake XD

I set up a maple leaf jar, with about 5 leaves last night. Came home to find brownish yellow water :)

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I am not 100% sure,
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Results of the maple leaf experiment:
Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: none detectable
pH: 7.4
Tannins: clearly visible

...I will continue to test the water with the leaves over the next week to see if the pH and ammonia drop.

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You should get some pictures for us too :) There are tonnes of maple trees around campus and near my apartment, so this is something I find a lot of interest in :P
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I'll get those up today :) That's the good thing about being sick...no school to get in the way of me and my fish :P

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