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RE: Baby's over Christmas (was Re: Belly sliders?)
Let the Lettuce Wars begin!
Actually, to try to add something constructive here, I think another benefit
is that the infusoria likely consist of paramecium and rotifers which will
filter-feed other organisms out of the water like velvet and ick. That's
the theory. The question then is: have any of you using this method
noticed a decline in fry disease/mortality with this lettuce method?
I for one have had several experiences where hundreds of guentheri fry hatch
out in a plastic shoe box over the peat they were incubated in, and all but
a couple were dead in a week.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: LeeH920226 at aol_com [SMTP:LeeH920226 at aol_com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2000 12:27 PM
> To: killietalk at aka_org
> Subject: Re: Baby's over Christmas (was Re: Belly sliders?)
> In a message dated 12/5/00 12:35:57 PM, huntley1 at home_com writes:
> The snails will tend to eat the lettuce, but that turns their excrement
> inert pellets and liquid infusoria food, too. Have few enough snails that
> they don't devour it in the first day or two. I emphasize, a *small* piece
> of lettuce, not a whole leaf.
> You will be surprised at how healthy and full-bellied a container of new
> hatchlings can be after 10 days or more in that setup. >>
> I second the motion. As a matter of fact it works so well, that I now add
> piece of lettuce leaf to each small fry container, whether I am away or
> I do find that leaf lettuce (like Buttercrunch) works better than Iceberg
> style lettuce. If it doesn't mostly disintegrate in a week or so, it is
> either the wrong type lettuce, or water conditions are wrong, or there is
> seeding of infusoria.
> Lee Harper
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