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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for the perfect leaf

So I live in eastern washing, nothing really grows here besides shrubs and pine trees, both of which can't be used in the aquarium.

So I need to know what trees around my area are safe for use in the aquarium.

Here Is a list of all the trees around my area, lemme know which ones are safe to use their dried leaves.

Sikamore tree
Pine trees
Walnut trees ( both black, and English, however, I hear they are natural weed killers so I don't think I could use it)
Maple of unknown sp.


That's about it, lol. Rest are apple, pear, and cherry, but those are sprayed.

I know that pine can't be used. Let me know about the others.....

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So far sycamore has been just fine in my tank. I would think maple would be fine as well.


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double check on the trees the excrete sap. I'm sure if it's dead wood it'll be just fine.

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Really? That's good to know that it's okay to use sycamore leaves, and possibly maple.

I'll see if I can use dead pine... Yay!


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Maples are fine.
Oak also........




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Try for a red oak over white. (high tannin lvl)

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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I would use oak, but the nearest oak tree is on the other side of the state. I'll just use sycamore or maple.

Thanks guys!


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Lets say that you find several pieces that were chopped up after a storm and would like to use some. how you go about making sure its safe for use after just being cut down. I know some of the wood has being sitting outside for almost a month. can you boil the sap out?

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