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In a message dated 12/20/2001 3:56:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

<< Amano himself expressed shock at the price American's pay for these shrimp 
and wondered why we didn't use indigenous / native freshwater shrimp as 
scavengers. >>

Yeah, he sure did. He also embraced the idea of using whatever nature offered 
locally, i.e., wood, rocks, plants, fish, etc., in tanks whenever possible.

I've found a couple varieties of FW shrimp here in Florida which seem right 
at home in my tanks and eat algae like crazy. I wish I could identify them.

One type even consumed the little bit of staghorn on my filter outflow -- 
that pest I never could completely rid myself of otherwise. I wonder why that 
stuff confined itself to an inanimate object in that one area? I'm not 
complaining mind you, I'm glad it did, but I was always concerned it would 
spread if conditions were favorable. Anyway, gone now.

Mine love fish food too. Does everyone else's shrimp dog paddle to the 
surface, with the fish at feeding time, their many little legs just a blur? I 
think that is so cute! They are every bit as interesting as the fish in their 
own way.

Bob Olesen
West Palm Beach