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Old 05-29-2006, 01:58 AM
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Anyone know a good source for large leaves for leaf litter?
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:10 AM
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I think I can get you some Sea Grap Leaves if you want. Hit me up in PM.
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:41 AM
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Aren't Magnolias really long?
Also I assume that using fresh leaves would lead them to rot as opposed to letting them dry first. Has anyone ever used fresh leaves as leaf litter?
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I can get you A LOT of magnolia leaves just let me know if your interested via PM. :wink:
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How large? I have a ton of smaller ones but they bags of larger ones I picked up at IAD 2 years ago are now gone.
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Just going by my memory as I haven't gone to my parents lately to gather any I would say 1-2" range. :?
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The Sea Grape Leaves are about 4.5"-6" across and about 4" long.
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Have you used them in your tanks? Ive heard of them being used before... The leaves I was using were about 4-7 inches long.
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I myself have not had a chance to use the Sea Grape Leaves, but I know of a few people that do with great reults. Very slow decomposing and hold up well when wet.
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Here's a randomly picked Magnolia I got from Kristi (back2eight):




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Here's a randomly picked Magnolia I got from Kristi (back2eight):
Thats what I think of when I think of Magnolia leaves.
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The size of the magnolia leaves depends on cultivar and age of the plant... the larger the plant, the larger the leaves tend to be. We've got magnolia on campus that have leaves easily something like 10 inches. Too bad they are sprayed.

Wild Almond is also a wonderful large leaf, tho since it doesn't grow in people's back yard it tends to be a bit $$$, tho you can buy them in bulkd for not that bad. I occassionally use them in my tanks to give that nice mixed forest feel...
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Kyle,
As Corey said the size ranges depending on the plant. I've seen some as small as 4" and as large as 12".
Give me a shout if you need any. I think you got them from me at IAD a couple of years ago. I also collect live oak leaves that are much smaller but last as long as the magnolia.
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so oak works well? I'm up to my neck in oak leaves - 13 years worth. We just dump the leaves after we rake into the back of our yard (its heavily wooded). And with 15-20 oak trees..its a lot of leaves :lol:
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Northern species like pin, post, scarlet, saw tooth etc. are not as thick as live oak and don't last half as long. Live oak also stays flat unlike the large leaf species.
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