i'm trying to find out what leaves can be used in a viv and what can't. i know of mag leaves oak leaves sea grapes, and almond. if you know of anymore leaves that can be used please add to the thread
okay, i'm trying to create a compost type substrate for my vivs and feeders so i just wanted to know if i went outside and racked my leave and baked them would it work
I'm really surprised that none of the Floridians on the board offer ficus leaf litter. It is commonly used as a hedge down there, and I remember raking out HUGE piles of leaf litter when I would help my dad with his yard.My isos love ficus leaves and japanese plum leaves, but they break down very quickly.
Most deciduous tree leaves are fine. In fact, I usually put a layer of less durable leaves at the base of the leaf litter so that it will begin to break down quicker. I use the live oak and magnolia leaves for the surface, both because they are durable and look good.
Exactly what I do as well Jim.
I even take it a step further. I run local oak leaves (from the yard) through the blender (not to powder but to chop them up good). I then soak the chopped up leaves in water in a fruit fly container for an hour or so. Then I inoculate the container with some tropical springtails.
I leave them going for about a week - and this is the first layer I put down on the substrate (after planting). THEN I add the live oak leaves.
I figure it's the best chance to get the springs started in the tank - in the best environment for them.
I highly doubt it, since orchids can be used with no health concerns when alive...Any problem with using orchid leaves? I received a HUGE bag of them from an orchid grower. They're very thick and tough. But they are rather large (many of them are almost 12"). I boiled some for a few minutes and put them in my viv.