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Aquarium Safe Leaves

I want to put leaves in my soon-to-be sorority but I don't know if my backyard ones are safe. What types are in Massachusetts and would be safe for the fish? If you can get pics, that'd be best.

Also what are the pros and cons?
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I know you can use Oak tree leaves but they must be brown and dried which would be hard to find at the beginning of Spring. You cant use any green leaves . You can order Almond Indian leaves on line, those would be best to use.

All pros no cons for using the Almond Indian leaves they are awesome health wise for your fish . The only con there might be is they turn your water a tea color which some people dont like. I love the color and you can control how dark it gets by how many you use in your water. They have them on ebay or goggle to find places that sell them.

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We have a ton of those leaves near my house in this ditch. Nice brown ones to :)
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Nuts. I've just got maple.

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Ooh wait! What type of oak? The kinda lobey one or the classic leaf one?
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These are some leaves I have heard are aquarium safe from other forums

Banana leaves
Teak leaves
Beech leaves
Mulberry leaves
Lillypilly leaves
Oak leaves
Alder leaves and cones

I have personally used oak and alder and never ran into any issues. They also seem to break down a lot more slowly than indian almond leaves.


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We have a ton of those leaves near my house in this ditch. Nice brown ones to :)
There are many oak leaves to be found in Mass. Be on the lookout for dead branches with dried leaves still on them. You also have to be sure they haven't been sprayed with pesticides.

I have read that unflavored unsweetened rooibos tea bags are also good.
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I found out maples are good and okay to use and we have a big tree in our yard. Not as big since the October storm way ago though. About half got ripped off sadly.
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I found out maples are good and okay to use and we have a big tree in our yard. Not as big since the October storm way ago though. About half got ripped off sadly.
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