have been recommended to me by Old Fish Lady a while ago, and I have been using them religiously ever since...living in southern Ontario, we have PLENTY and various species as well!
If you are like me and like using natural remedies and organic products when working with Bettas, you may be interested to know that OAK LEAVES
(in my opinion, as well as many others), provides numerous benefits to out Betas, in Spawning
, Fin repair
, Decreasing Stress
and improving overall well being
This is due to the natural tannin the leafs release when exposed to the water, tinting the water color to a golden brown, without affecting visibility! Also mimicking their natural environment.
Oak Trees are native to Ontario, and there are various species found in North America and other parts of the world...to major species, Red Oaks and White Oaks..
I have chosen to experiment with Three OAKS in my area and compare the outcome that the leaves produce without toughing the jars at all! You can follow along with updates pf the water color changing..
I will document;
- Tannin color
- Leaf Composition/ Composure (In water and Out)
- Approximate float duration before sinking
- Any negative reactions to water..
- Daily water tests
I will post Daily Pics
of the progress of both day light, and back light exposure to truly see tannin effect in water. I have started by Taking a pic of the leaf in groups of Fresh Leaf
from the tree, A Dried Leaf,
and Group of Dried Leafs
The leafs tested
: (in order as they appear)
WHITE OAK RED OAK ENGLISH OAK
- Nice bright color - larger, sharp edges - smaller leaf
- Longer rounded lobes - Can get Very DARK! - very hard structure
- Resemble Betta -Bright Red in Fall - good for nests
- Can be large full grown - Can be HUGE full grown - light dried color
Keep in mind these leaves have died this summer. They have been on a branch that broke, therefore breaking the supply of nutrients to the leaves. This in turn kills the leaves and allows them to hang and dry in the air..
I will conduct another test similar to this in the fall, when AMAZING COLORS
are produced in the leaves and it will be very interesting to see how this will affect the water...
Hey all around the word, Updates tomorrow...