About Australian Grown Oak Leaves:
These Oak Leaves are Australian grown and naturally sun-dried. The product comes in a pack of 10 sterilised leaves. Oak Leaves have very similar properties to Indian almond leaves, but due to a slower decomposing rate, they will last longer in your tank.
- Help lower pH
Leaves are a natural water conditioner- they release tannic acid into the water and therefore help reduce the pH in your tank. Unlike commercial water conditioners, oak leaves bring down the pH gradually and the changes are long-lasting.
- Improve water quality
Oak leaves release tannic acids and other beneficial substances, significantly improving the water quality
- Add colouration to the water
The tannins in the leaves gradually add a darker tint to the water as they decompose, creating a more natural freshwater environment and look in the tank
- Help fight infection
The tannings the leaves produce are said to have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and help fish fight infections and address various health issues (e.g. fin rot in bettas)
- Help strengthen the immune system
The leaves may help strengthen the immune system of fish and invertebrates by creating a much healthier environment.
- Create hiding spots
Leaves create hiding spots for smaller fish and shrimp. Also, that slight staining helps to disperse light differently and creates a more comfortable environment for the fish.
- Encourage spawning
Leaves encourage spawning by offering protection to the eggs and larvae and improved water quality. Bettas and some other species will actively use leaves to create nests.
- Feed the shrimp
Leaves great for shrimp tanks! Provide shelter and food at the same time and encourages breeding and overall health.
How to use Australian Grown Oak Leaves:
- Submerge in Water
Rinse the leaves and submerge them in water. You will have to initially pin down the leaves with rocks, or other substrates to prevent them from floating.
Allow the leaves to float on the surface if you want to block out some light and create a darker environment. Plus, some fish species may take advantage of the surface shelter to build bubble nests. Floating oak leaves can provide temporary shelter for a week or 2 and will sink to the bottom as the organic matter absorbs enough water and softens.
- Create Leaf Substrate
Wash the leaves and tear them into tiny pieces to create leaf substrate. This will speed up the decomposing and provides a more manageable food source for the shrimp. Also, creates a more natural look in your tank.
- Make Leaf Tea
If you don’t want to add debris to your tank then you can brew the leaves into a tea and dose it into the water to reap the still numerous benefits of the oak tannins.
Rinse before use
Use 2 or more leaves for every 50L of water
Remove the carbon filter if you want the leaves to add colouration to the water
Store in a dry place