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S. nigriventris and algae

I am not sure if algae is supposed to be a part of the little guys's
diet or not, but mine eat all the hunky algae on the heater they hide
behind.  As close as I can tell, it is ALL they eat.  These three simply
won't grow, while the other four I got at the same time are big with big
catfish bellies.


Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:16:21 +0800
From: John Phillips <phillips at library_ucsf.edu>
Subject: Synodontis nigriventris & algae

  A few days ago I placed 9 new 1"-2" Synodontis nigriventris in an
established tank with a good deal of green filamentous algae, and I saw
of them nibbling on the algae on the glass.  I couldn't see any critters
the algae, so I wondered if this species includes algae in its diet?
Anyone know?
Thanks in advance,
John Phillips