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My protozoa for biology studies arrived this week in
cute little "demoslides", lovely devices in which one
can (supposedly) both maintain a small culture and
easily view the tiny critters by popping the whole
thing under the microscope. Handy things _if_ they
I'm looking at these demoslides - Blepharisma,
Paramecium, Spirostomum, Stentor, Euglena. Hah!
Infusoria! But we're not raising any fry. (Well,
except guppies and platys; you know how they are.) So
granted we could pop this stuff in the aquaria when
we're done sciencing with them, but will anybody in
there eat them? Surely I wouldn't end up with an
overpopulation of protozoa. Or would I? Does anybody
keep an infusoria culture in a tank without tiny fry?
Hmmmm, not much about plants in that, is there? Okay,
is the algae that ordinarily hangs about in the
aquarium adequate food for the beginnings of a food
chain for these protozoa or would I need to cultivate
green water in my aquarium (no thank you)? All right,
algae's not a plant either (necessarily), but close
JoAnn [hunting about for a copy of Encyclopedia of
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