I hear form some sources here and there that adding in dead leaves will help them eat and such, but how exactly do you prepare the leaves and how does it actually help them?
I have been doing this lately & the shrimp do love the leaves. Do you throw them in a bucket of water from the tank (like used water after a water change) or use tap water (treated, or not)? I have been soaking the leaves in water from a water change, but am now seeing seed shrimp or other small organisms zipping around in the tank that I did not see before. I'm wondering if I need to adjust the protocol so I don't introduce any nasties.Rinse off any surface dirt, and then throw them in a bucket. When they are waterlogged enough to naturally sink (usually just a few days), they are ready to put in your tank.
Any deciduous tree draws most of the nutrients back before shedding leaves. If last year's leaves are still available, they are good, too. I don't think you have to worry about unwanted organisms.they say oak is used because when it dies down in autumn, that all the nurtients are drawn back into the tree and leave the leaf.