Info from Japan
I received the following from an acquaintance in Japan (who I'm
trying to convince to join the mailing list):
> From: Shinji Egi
> At the beginning of this month, I had a chance to go to the shop which
> deals with the Amano's [author of _Nature_World_Aquarium_] products. I
> checked that the question about the water circulation in the substrate
> which I mailed to ADA last year had been ignored.
> I found that Amano wrote in one of the Aqua Journal the story of
> discovery of the Yamato-numaebi as algae eater. It goes:
> He noticed that some shrimps do pretty good algae-eating job. So, he
> asked an dealer to gather all the domestic shrimps and crayfish. And
> tried all of them. He set some checklist to evaluate them - such as
> algae-eating efficiency, compatibility, ...
> Yamato-numaebi was almost entirely satisfactory. Amano asked the dealer
> to gather as much Yamato-numaebi as he can. The dealer was doubtful
> that the shrimps sold well. But, Amano was confident. And today,...
> So, at least Amano says that it is he who first intrduced that shrimp
> as algae eater.
> By the way, I've got 15 bee-shrimps at that shop. They are about 1cm
> long now. I think they are not so sufficient algae eaters. Probably
> a Yamato-numaebi worth 5 or so bee-shrimps as algae eater.
> I'm going to keep the bee-shrimps anyway, since I need algae eaters
> compatible with small killifish which seems not compatible with
> Yamato-numaebi. I would breed the bee-shrimps and see if they work
> well when the population gets huge.