Originally Posted by vilmarisv
You don't need to remove them at all. If you have a cycled tank it will decompose naturally but it's not the pretiest thing to see in your tank.
I've used many grades of IAL's and have found that the cheapest are the best. They release more tannings than the grade A ones.
They are also very large and in pretty good condition.
I actually bought the Grade A's this time around and I honestly liked my Grade C and D's more! They tanned up the water better, these A's are taking forever. But the A's tend to stay together in the tanks, the C's and D's fall apart on me. What I do is leave the leaf in for about 2 weeks, take it out and hang it to dry. Then I boil my leaves once a month and make a "blackwater" to store for another time. When I take new fish home, I add the blackwater to their tank along with a new Almond leaf so the water is dark instantly and the fish isn't so stressed out. I use every last bit of mine. My community tank and my cichlid tank loves them too.