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Re: Live Foods Digest V3 #171

Hello Godo,

Snails in Daphnia cultures do very well! I feed the snails with blanched
lettuce leaves.

Snails in a pure Chlamydomonas culture -- after you add the snails the
culture is not likely to remain pure. After all, you can not sterilize
the snails :-))



> Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 07:49:10 -0700
> From: Godo Stoyke <godo at eec_ab.ca>
> Subject: Snails with Algae and Daphnia
> I remember reading a comment in the "Live-Foods" archive of someone who
> was keeping an algae-eating fish with his algal culture (thus the
> glass-inhabiting algae were kept in check in favour of the suspended
> unicellular alga which are the actual food of the Daphnia, plus the fish
> provided free fertilizer).
> I am wondering if this system would also work with snails.
> Ideally, I would like to place some snails in a Chlamydomonas pure
> culture, a non-pure culture of some euglenoid and, for a nicer view of
> my waterfleas, also into the Daphnia magna and Daphnia pulex cultures.
> Can anyone think of a reason why placing snails in these systems may
> *NOT* be a good idea?
> Thanks.
> Cheers,
> godo