What is the effect of Oak leaves on nitrite/nitrate levels
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default What is the effect of Oak leaves on nitrite/nitrate levels

Hello everybody,
I was reading somewhere that as leaves decompose in water they lower the level of nitrates in the water. I can't find the article now, nor can I find anything else backing the claim. Does anybody here have any idea what I am talking about?

As I recall the article was regarding cherry shrimp and how they eat the bacteria that lives on the rotting oak leaf. The article siad that one shouldn't have a plant like hornwort in the tank with the leaves because the hornwort would outcompete the oak leaf bacteria for the nitrate.

Last edited by evilhorde; 02-15-2012 at 04:05 AM.. Reason: did a bit of homework
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