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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I understand oak and IAL leaves may have some anti-fungal properties that other leaves lack, but is there any reason not to feed beech or sycamore leaves, for example?

Are there any pesticide-free deciduous leaves to avoid?

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Beech is fine. Here's an incomplete list that should be fine to put in shrimp tanks as long as they are free of pesticides and contaminates.


TREE LEAVES
Alder (and brown cones!)
Almond
Apple
Apricot
Ash
Banana
Beech
Birch
Cherry
Crabapple
Guava
Indian Almond Leaves (aka Catappa, Ketapang)
Madrona
Maple
Mulberry
Noni
Oak
Papaya
Peach
Plum
Poplar

FLOWER LEAVES
Hibiscus
Schefflera

VEGETABLES (Organic Recommended)
Spinach
Kale
Lettuce
Broccoli
Carrots

OTHER LEAVES
Amaranth
Bamboo
Stinging Nettle
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Thanks for list @Zoidburg. Had always thought maple was a no go.

Rainer will also mention that as well as oak leaves you have gathered you can also collect acorn caps when they drop, dry them in a 120 oven and use them as a alternative to alder cones. If there are as many oaks as you say around there you’ll have a endless supply.
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I honestly would have thought that Walnut leaves are bad... and yet, there are products that sell dried walnut leaves for shrimp... so, too, may maple be found in some ingredients. (don't recall which products though)
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FWIW, I've seen a couple of anecdotal search results indicating sycamore leaves are shrimp-compatible. Can anyone add to that?

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