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Re: Amother possible mechanism for Barley Straw

> Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 19:37:07 -0500
> From: "James Purchase" <jpurch at interlog_com>

> Sounds to me like we might be moving in the direction of freshwater
> "mini-reefs" with a wide compliment of organisms. Of course, judging from
> some posts, not everyone appreciates "bugs" in their aquariums. Amano's use
> of shrimp is only one end of this spectrum (and the large end at that).

Adey's "Dynamic Aquaria" makes quite a good case for such a tank and even had a 
tank set up to mimic a river in Venezuela complete with authentic mud and fauna 
from said river. 

I think bugs would be a great addition IFF the mud and water born bugs stayed in 
the water. Unfortunately, a lot of the bugs eventually become flying insects 
which is less than appealing. We used to feed mosquito larvae - immensely 
popular with the fish but there were always three or four that didn't get 
consumed, morphed into the flying buggers and insisted on dining on us at night. 

George Booth in Ft. Collins, Colorado (booth at frii_com)