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    This is the first year I've decided to collect my own leaves to use in the aquarium. I mostly use maple leaves since maple trees are all over the place here.

    I don't speak or boil the leaves, just let them dry. My question is, what's the best way to flatten the leaves for storage?

    I've been drying them in front of a heater vent with an aquarium brick decor on top to weigh them, but I was wondering if there was another better way? Tx.
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    following. I would like to start a leaf litter for my tank as well. Am I the only one in the world who isn't familiar with the type of trees in their area?

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    I used to dry all sorts of stuff in big old dictionaries. Like old school 4" thick hardbound dictionaries. If I still had them I still would dry that way. Takes a whole lot longer than a heater (weeks) but everything including flowers came out flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    This is the first year I've decided to collect my own leaves to use in the aquarium. I mostly use maple leaves since maple trees are all over the place here.

    I don't speak or boil the leaves, just let them dry. My question is, what's the best way to flatten the leaves for storage?

    I've been drying them in front of a heater vent with an aquarium brick decor on top to weigh them, but I was wondering if there was another better way? Tx.
    Why not just put them in a bag and let them dry naturally, why flat? Natural dry leafs usually ain't flat.
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    I wouldn't put the leaves in a bag to dry I would just leave them out to dry in the air naturally and then once they're dry then bag them but as for flattening them, I'm with Ken I'm not sure why you need them to be flat if they're going to go on the aquarium anyway. I guess if you need them to be flat you could put them in between pieces of newspaper or multiple pieces of newspaper and let the newspaper weigh them down.
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    How long do you bake yours? What temperature, please? I'd bet it makes your home smell wonderful.

    Kat, I've always just air dried the leaves I've collected but they already seemed dry when I picked them up.
    I like the natural shape each leaf is in as well. The slight curves make for under-caves and in-between surfaces to explore. It's a preference thing. Some might prefer flattened. You do whichever you like the look of.
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    Why not just put them in a bag and let them dry naturally, why flat? Natural dry leafs usually ain't flat.
    Lol, it's easier to keep a bag of flat dry leaves in the freezer than a puffed up eventually broken one.
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    Thanks everyone, I absolutely prefer the look of crinkled leaves, I'm just not able to store them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    I wouldn't put the leaves in a bag to dry I would just leave them out to dry in the air naturally and then once they're dry then bag them but as for flattening them, I'm with Ken I'm not sure why you need them to be flat if they're going to go on the aquarium anyway. I guess if you need them to be flat you could put them in between pieces of newspaper or multiple pieces of newspaper and let the newspaper weigh them down.
    Very good point! Mould and bacteria heaven!!!
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