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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #358

On 21 Jun 00, at 3:48, Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:

> >One night, I investigated and found a swarm of baby MTS around the
> >surface rim and around the tops of plants.  I observed no direct
> >feeding on the plants by the snails, but by morning the swarm had
> >disappeared and there was additional leaf damage.  Keep in mind I
> >don't ever feed the fish.

IME, MTS hide in gravel during the day and climb out during the 
night, after dark. I don't know what is the reason for this (probably 
feeding), but it seems to be a rather general pattern. Therefore, if 
yo see them climbing on the side walls and plants during the night, 
it's not anything strange. I am rather suprised that you say they 
stopped doing it after a while.

Snails also tend to climb out (and virtually out of the aquarium) if 
the water quality suddenly deteriorates.


Dr. Jan Fidrmuc
Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)
University of Bonn
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Email: Fidrmuc at united_econ.uni-bonn.de