Living in West Virigina and with it being the start of fall, I have plenty of Oak leaves around. I did have an idea though...
What about making "tannin tea"? By this I mean take some oak leave of choice, crush them, and seep in boiling water. Then of course straining the leaf bits out of the water (using a coffee filter works). I actually gave this a try today with what I believe are either Red or Black Oak leaves in a small coffee cup. The result was a nice-smelling light tea colored water. I didn't think to check the pH though.
Would this not be a quicker way to release the tannins without the worry of rotting leaves? Obviously the water would then need to be cooled, but still.
Anyone with more savvy at this want to give it a try? Or maybe tell my why it would not be a good idea?
I am curious though... For those that use Oak (or other) leaves for Bettas, do you use enough so that the tank water is actually tea colored? Or just a little bit of the tannin laden water? Is there a benifit to using the whole leaves rather than my proposed "tea" method?
I'm no breeder, I just have a petstore fish. Still I'd love to keep him as happy and healthy as possible. :)
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