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[APD] Re: MTS Graveyard -- and Rosy the Barbarain


I've seen such a graveyard before, due to Rosy the Barbarian, as I came to call her.
I wrote a short poem about her a long time back...
T'was not quite what I'd listed...

The children still were nestled all snug in the bed as I browsed all the forums, checked email and read.

When up from the tank there a rose such a clatter
I turned from the screen to see what was the matter
and what to my wondering eyes should appear
why Trumpet Snails hide in my tank is now clear.

A big rosy barb, all piggy and fat,
was attacking a snail at the glass, rat-a-tat.

She sucked it and slammed it then tossed it aside
near the other I'd found that I'd thought had just died.
Near the bits of ulvaceus, the vals and the melons,
I knew she ate algae, but oh, my, what a felon!

The lettuce I fed her last night slowly waved
almost gone now and yet she eats snails, I'm amazed.

I think I shall keep her, and those two of her brood
but I'll add snails to the list of what she thinks is food.

by Anonapersona

Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 17:44:35 -0400
From: "Mike Smith" <chainsawmike at msn_com>
Subject: [APD] MTS graveyard
To: "aquatic-plants" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>

[snip] I also would like to thank everyone who made suggestions for my new pressurized Co2 system. I hope to have all the components soon. What prompted me to write this morning was a disturbing find in my 55 gallon tank. This tank is my current favorite as it is fully engulfed with more than 12 varieties of plants. Very little real estate left uncovered and only a small area of open water in the middle of the tank. This tank is also teeming with fish of many shapes and sizes, some of which I do not see more than twice a month and some are only seen under the moonlights. Some of you will remember a post I made a while back regarding my need for MTS. Thanks to Wilma Duncan and Ann Viverette, Their generosity provided me with almost more snails than I knew what to do with. For a while there were so many snails that you would see them during the daylight hours. Gradually, I noticed less and less of the snails until there were no snails visible while the lights w!
ere on. In this time however, I saw only a few empty shells. I generally pay very little attention to the snails as I think of them more as employees than actual residents of the tank so it wasn't until the other night, while watching the fish under the moonlights, that I realized there were so few snails wandering around. I did not become alarmed until this morning while doing a little pruning/maintenance. I found what can only be described as an MTS graveyard. I counted over 40 empty shells in this little back alley area of the tank beside some driftwood. Now I know the shells did not drift there on the current because I know the current does not travel in that direction. The primary resident of this area is an Asian bumblebee cat. He is very rarely seen and in order to entice him into view, I must manually place bloodworms at the entrance of the alley because none find their way there on the current. He and his friends, a large group of various loaches, have apparently o!
pened a resturaunt in this area specializing in escargo.

Upon further inspection of this area, I found another handful of shells. I can only assume that either this particular spot is where all MTS travel, like pilgrims to Mecca, or the fish are bringing the snails to this spot because they just taste better there. At any rate, I am wondering if anyone else has ever encountered a similar graveyard in any of their tanks.

Thanks, MikeFrom shieber at yahoo_com Sun

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