Question Boil Tree Leaves To Get Tannins, Good Idea Or Tragedy?

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Sorry for getting off topic @YATT I would try it .. it is a natural way to soften the water a bit but the effect is unlikely to be dramatic. I think the microbes found on the fallen leaves in nature are beneficial for the tank microbiome and so I never sterilize or boil mine but make sure they dont have any insect galls (fuzzy or round balls on bottoms of leaves). I figure most fish pathogens wouldnt be found on a tree leaf anyway. Almost all fresh water fish live in environments in the wild with leaf litter so I think you can't go wrong if you use the right trees. I even have leaf litter in my goldfish tank.
Thanks, I added some Fluval Peat to try and help as well.
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