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.