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Re: Live Foods Digest V4 #90

>Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 11:48:16 -0600
>From: "Tomoko Schum" <tomokoschum at knology_net>
>Subject: cyclop infestation?
>Hi y'all,
>Cyclops seem to have invaded my blackworm culture.  I wonder
>if cyclops harm blackworms in any way.  I only noticed the
>cyclops in the culture when their number exploded.  Shortly
>after that my blackworm culture started getting foul.  I
>admit I let them go too long without a water change, but I
>have never had a crash before with blackworms.  Although the
>culture is not a prolific producer, it has been very
>dependable.  I am now wondering if cyclops can actually
>cause the decline of a blackworm culture.  Does anyone have
>any idea?

I doubt that Cyclops could be harming blackworms.  They feed on 
plankton, primarily protozoans.  I would not want to see them if I 
were culturing Paramecium, but I wouldn't worry about them in a 
blackworm culture.
Paul Krombholz in chilly central Mississippi