Maple leave the best skeletons behind, theyre more veiny. But break down faster compared to oak and Indian almond.Even if the didn't help with water, I love the look of the leaves! I used to give my shrmp tank maple leaves (the opposite pH effect of oak etc.) but it was just for the shrimp to graze on, not to add tannins really. I also loved the skeltonized leaf remains...I'd forgotten about that. I decorated my house with them sometimes
I dont think anyone ever stops learning. Always more out there lolI don't think we have tulip trees here, we did on the East Coast, US. We have evergreen oaks that are different, slower to turn brown than others...but I don't have shrimp anymore on the West US coast. After 10 years here I'm still learning, that keeps life interesting lol.
Magnolia is good, nice leaves, last decent compared to others. I'd rank magnolia just after oak.Lots of sycamore just about everywhere in the Eastern USA!
If you have tried them, how would you compare Magnolia leaves relative to others (you say you like maples and oaks). Also, what about Camelia and Rhododendrum? (the leaves are similar in appearance to Magnolia). Further, a lot of folks like using almond leaves. If you have, how do they compare? I have tried Magnolia in the past but didn' keep them for long, only sufficient to be certain they are not toxic to common tropical fish. I have all 3 (Magnolia, Camelia and Rhodo, one tree of each in my backyard).