I use them until they stop producing tannins to stain the water the color I want.
For treatment I like the stain/tannin to be a dark amber color- so I also keep them in my jug I use for their water changes.
Wow, great posts guys. Thank you so much OldFishLady. I have picked up some aquarium salt, and MAUI is now in a new 1 gallon hospital tank. I will keep changing the water daily, and adding the salt, and have started feeding here strictly blood worms.
I will also goto the Arboretum tomorrow and pick up some clean, dry oak leaves...
Any specific type of oak leaf, (bur, red, white)?
Thanks again for the help everyone, I will post here progress soon!
I use oak leaves instead of Indian almond leaf-they do the same thing, IAL-you need less of them to get the same amount of tannins than the oak leave and the oak leaves break down faster too-in my experience
I wanted to let everyone know that MAUI has been slowly recover, and I am starting to see some FIN recovery. I will post pics in the next few days when I can see some serious progress.
I have been using Aquarium salt, changing 100% of the water daily and pre mixing everything in dechlorinated fresh water with oak Leaves.
My question is, how many oak leaves do I use? I am using Bur Oak Leaves and pre mix 2-3 in hot water with the rest and then mix colder water to end up with 84'F water.
Wondering if the oak leaves can be re-used, if um using enough and if I should let them soak more before adding my girl to the water?
I use the oak leaves until they stop producing tannins, the number to use is hard to say since the leaf size can vary, so I go by color, I like a dark amber color...so I use anywhere from 2-20....I know not much help....lol.....IMO-not a right or wrong answer, you can't use too many, they will leach more tannins the longer they stay in the water and start to break down.