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Whislt reading about Microgeophagus ramirezi I found it interesting that some people recommend a 3" layer of dried oak leaves as a substreate for them. Apparantly they will burrow and build caves etc, as well as the beneficial tanins etc.

So, has anyone tried this? Any photos? Did you find it darn messy as I imagine it would be?
 

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its not messy. u just need to be choosy of the leaves u select. dry em out urself on some metal laid out in the sun. the key is regularly replacing the leaves when they begin to decay. right around a month or less. that with regular water changes is all u need to get started. i know u can google up some more information along with ppl selling bulk dried genuine south american leaves that u can use to create a realistic biotope. gl to ya mate
 
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