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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-21-2014, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Weird no decay effect on dead leaf.

Perhaps someone has had this happen in their tank.
I put in a dead leaf one month ago to see if it might be Mulberry. The trees don't have the berries this late and I was just going by the leaf shape. Trying to locate a Mulberry tree for my shrimp.
Anyway this leaf has NOT deteriorated. I floated for three days till it sank and is still there in the samecondition it was on the third day. Any leaf in my other tank will be just stem and veins in three weeks time from micro organisms feeding on it.
I put No0Planaria in there a few months back. Do you think it killed ALL my micro organisms ?
I also bought some Indian Almond leaves and put one in three weeks ago and it is still untouched.

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I use dried Birch leaves on occasion (bout time to collect some),and they pretty much stay intact for up to two month's before the snail's and shrimp's nibble em down to just the stem.
Can't speak to the mulberry leaves.
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So I'm betting that two month mark is the time it takes for that
fungus/mold stuff to grow on it which the shrimp like to eat.
I may be prematurely getting worried about this if that is the case.
Can't wait till spring when I can run the dirt roads to look for the Mulberries that would tell me I've found a Mulberry tree.
Leaf recognition is a crude way to identify a tree in lots of cases as several trees have very similar leaves.

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