The beautiful leaves of the Live Oak, Quercus sp. are a real gem for the botanical-style aquarium enthusiast/aquascaper! Not only are they small (typically the largest specimens are less than 3.5"/8.89cm; most are around 2.5"/6.35cm in length), they have a very attractive, decidedly "tropical-looking" aesthetic- and they pack a nice dose of water-tinting tannins!
Our supply is collected and hand-graded exclusively for us from an area free of pollutants or pesticides, and the leaves really high quality- many are entirely intact specimens. With their distinct shape and color, they lend themselves to a wide variety of aquascaping applications.
The best part about this stuff is that it's true "leaf litter"- a mix of other stuff! You will also find a few acorns, Ash leaves, dry bits of terrestrial mosses, and oak twigs mixed in (which are also big tannin-producers) which are all safe, if prepared with the leaves. This mix of terrestrial materials is an interesting "biologically active kick-starter" for constructing a leaf litter bed!
We offer this super-cool leaf litter in a useful 1.5 ounce/56.69g package. That's a lot of leaf litter in one bag!
ORIGIN: California, U.S.A
PREPARATION: Like our other leaves, we recommend preparation before use. Specifically, we are big fans of a 10 minute "steep" in boiling water, followed by a room temperature soak overnight in fresh water. They are a bit brittle", so at the very least, a nice steep in warm water can help soften them a bit. Alternatively, you could simply soak them overnight in fresh water...or you could "steep and drop" them into your tank. It's really a matter of personal preference.
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. Please use common sense and take the time to boil or soak all botanicals prior to using them, to reduce the possibility of problems. Always go slow when introducing any botanicals into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
NOTE: Due to natural variations of leaves, each one will appear different. The photo is a representation of what to expect.
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