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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Leaf Litter For shrimp tank

I was wondering how much leaves would be necessary for my shrimp tank. I plan on keeping red cherry shrimp. I have a small pond with tons of leaves I was wondering if I could use these leaves, and how much I would need for my tank. I want to have a carpet of leaves in the tank since I heard leaves are extremely beneficial. But is this necessary? Does it harm the tank in any way?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 01:50 AM
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Not necessary. Beneficial yes. But you don't have to have leaf litter to have perfectly healthy shrimp. I use oak leaves I gather from around my mom's yard that are not sprayed or near the road. I'd be cautious using leaves out of a pond. Make sure it's clean if you do but beware you could introduce nasty things into your tank. All you need is a couple leaves depending on the tank size and number of shrimp. It provides a nice place for biofilm to grow and gives shrimp something to eat. Some leaves like Indian Almond leaves release compounds that have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. They can also lower pH so beware of that. It might be something you want or maybe not.

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What would you say is more beneficial, alot of plants or alot of leaves? I heard you can't really have both since the plants outcompete the bacteria on the leaves.
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Can't say I've heard that one before. Bio-film will grow everywhere. The shrimp with eat it. I've had plants and leaves in my tank and the leaves broke down and the shrimp grazed on them just as intended. I'd personally do both. I'd plant the tank to your liking not taking leaves into consideration. Then just a couple leaves just for added measure or more if it's a big tank. I'll add a leaf or two at some point to my 7.5 gallon tank. I haven't yet but I do have a couple sticks of cholla wood in there which more or less serves the same purpose as leaves.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-03-2016, 03:31 AM
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You can have both plants and leaves, and I would definitely recommend both. =) I second being careful about pond leaves, they could contain various parasites or critters you dont want to breed in your tank. I'd get low light stem plants that you can put leaves around. Plants will out compete algae but not bacteria, unless you're speaking of cyanobacteria, and you don't want that in your tank anyway.

Def would recommend almond leaves, banana sprigs and guava leaves!
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If you get the leaves from the pond, give them a boil before putting them in the tank.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 05:39 PM
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I agree I recommend both plant and leaves =D
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