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Re: Live Foods Digest V2 #67

Bentley Christie says...
>I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried aquatic isopods as fish food?
>For those who aren't familiar with isopods, they are small crustaceans 
>related to scuds (Amphipoda) that crawl on the bottom and/or along submerged 
>vegetation. They are typically about 0.5-1.5cm long. This is the same 
>group as the terrestrial woodlice (sow bugs, pill bugs, basketball bugs) 
>and look quite similar.
>I've seen them fed quite successfully to a goldfish, but have not tried 
>them with other large bodied fish--they are too big for my guppies.
>They seem like a great food source since they seem to be prolific 
>breeders in my little backyard pond, and even if the fish don't 
>immediately eat them all they can help to clean up the bottom of your 
>tank by consuming old plant scraps and other waste.
>If anyone has tried raising these critters and/or fed them to fish could 
>you please let me know.

I've seen them in small ponds in the woods about Ottawa. I read once
that if they are kept in hatching tanks with fertilized fish eggs, they will
eliminate any fungussed eggs, yet refrain from eating the viable ones.

Dave Whittaker
ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.ca