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Easy.  Since Alder cones are so cheap, just buy alder cones. heh

 

Pine cones are much larger and have sap which you really don't want for your shrimp tank.

 

Alder cones are about the size of a dime/nickle and release tannins to acidify the water and make it harder for bad bacteria to get hold.

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What soothing said lol. Could also look around yo r local area to see what is available. I collect a ton if leaves in the fall and try a few different kinds. Mine really like maple leaves to.

-Chris

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with locally collecting keep in mind most public areas like parts and city streets get sprayed with chemicals so its not good to use those. if you have trees in your back yard the might be ok though.

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Yea I go way back into the woods on private lands, I live in town and they spray for mosquitos so that ruled that out. I go to a place where no one goes other than the occasional hiker. Pretty safe.

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lol, I use the miniature alder cones from a good source that says they are clean, no pesticides, natural, and I

haven't had any issues with them, and the shrimp love them. I use fallen Oak leaves. They actually fall in the

Spring, and they are all natural too.

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Alder cones stay small haha

Pine ones get humongous I've seen some the size of pineapples.

As long as you get them from a reliable source your ok.

I get myne from someone who has private land and collects them from there. No insecticides or chemicals are used on his lands,

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