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    Default Oak Leaves OK for shrimp?

    I was curious if oak leaves are ok to add to a shrimp tank. I see all sorts of leaves for sale specific for shrimp and since I dont live in an environment where those plants are native I was wondering if anything local would work. I read an article that briefly listed oak, ash and peach as acceptable to add to shrimp tanks. I was wondering if anyone had any input on using these leaves, the oak and ash being indigenous to the northeastern United States.

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    Hi Ryan,

    Most dried leaves are fine to be put into the tank. Unless the leaves contains toxin or high oxalate when they are still green. The key thing is you have to make sure these leaves are from rural area and they are free from pesticide, chemical or any pollutant.

    If I'm not wrong, quite a number of our European members here will take the dried leaves form their garden and put into their tank.

    Hope these help.
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    Thanks again for the advice. I do live in a very rural area on a horse farm although we don't use any fertilizers to grow our horses . I have a lot of oak ash and maple trees on the property and this time of year the leaves are everywhere.

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    You are welcome.

    Maybe you can keep some for them and will last you till next fall. Just make sure they are totally dried.

    Lastly, don't over feed them. If you don't have much shrimp in each tank, I will suggest it inside for not more than 24 hours.
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    This time of the year I collect a couple hundred of them. All kind of trees, nice and clean leafs. Then I make a boiling pot and put them in and out, one by one. You can see some insects and little creatures, they die instantly. So you know for sure they are clean and no guest are lifting on them to your tank. Then I dry them for about a week. When completely dry I put them in a box and it's enough for the whole year .
    And indeed, some people around here collect huge piles of them. I guess they are confusing shrimp with horses.

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    I will be getting some Oak Leaves in a few days time easy to get walk across the road 40yld+tree.

    When you are dunking them in boiling water do you add any thing eg Salt?

    Drying how do you dry them, between a clean towel or white butchers paper or the Microwave?

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    Hi,

    No did not add salt. Could be helpful, I don't know.

    I spread them on the floor on some plastic bags before my radiator. They will dry within a few days, depending on how much you stack on each other. I turn them a few times. I let them dry till the are crispy dry .

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    Thank you for your reply.

    I will let them dry in our hot sun as its near summer now.

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