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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2014, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Palm fronds in tank?

I've been thinking, I don't think I've ever seen anyone use palm fronds as tank "leaf litter" or other aquascaping uses. I'm thinking an indoor house plant sized palm would work great to scale in a south american themed biotope tank. Are they toxic or somehtin?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2014, 09:52 PM
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Sometimes it takes a while for people to run across a thread. Also, I imagine a lot of people aren't going to post unless they have experience or have heard of someone else doing it. A whole bunch of "dunno" posts isn't terribly helpful.

So, that said, I've not tried it, or really heard about it. If you do decide to do it, I'd suggest starting with fronds that have been naturally shed, and preferably weathered. I know deciduous trees reabsorb a lot of components in their leaves before shedding them, but I don't know if palms do this or not.

However, if you get a well-weathered leaf, I would imagine it would be little more then dead/inert cellulose and such, which shouldn't be harmful. Although, there really isn't anyway to be certain without trying...
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I might give it a try. Like I said, I'd probably buy an indoor houseplant palm and take a full frond or two off of it, and let it sit outside for a week or two until it's completely dried out.
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Most kinds of palm won't contain anything very toxic, but the leaves will probably start to rot and fall apart pretty quick underwater.
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They are rather thin leaves, and they won't hurt your fish at all. I used some banana leaves and a houseplant palms old brown leaves to jazz up a blackwater setup I had running a few years ago. I used rhododendron twigs and branches and all seemed great. My Dicrosus filamentosa pair loved it in that tank, and bred several times for me

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I like the rhodedendrun twig idea!
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