Is this a good idea? Soaking Indian almond leaves for 3 months, getting them moldy and slimy? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a good idea? Soaking Indian almond leaves for 3 months, getting them moldy and slimy?

Has anyone tried this yet for their shrimp tank? Will anything bad happen if those 3 months turn into, say, 2 years (basically, is there an expiration date, since I've read somewhere that leaves are good when kept dried for 6 months which I disagree since its dry and kept in a safe place anyway)? I have indian almond leaves soaking in a bucket of distilled water for a month now. They are very slimy. Part of the leaf's stem that did not get submerged grew what I'm guessing is white fungus on it, which I might or might not cut out, since I'm pretty sure my red cherry shrimp will eat it without any trouble.

I am aware that I will lose most of the tannins from the leaf doing this, which was my goal anyway. I don't want very brown aquarium water. At the same time, there should still be small amounts of tannin left in the leaf.
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One of the reasons people use Catappa leaves (you can store them for years and years if kept in a cool, dry spot) in shrimp tanks is because they can serve as a food source. They begin to develop surface film that shrimp feed on and then the leaf itself begins to break down and shrimp eat that, as well.

A single leaf isn't going to release a ton of tannic acid and you likely won't experience much in terms of brown water. At least not in a tank that's large enough for shrimp. That said, tannins = generally good for freshwater shrimp.

TL;DR: Not sure why you'd do it. Seems like a waste. I wouldn't bother.
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