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Re: fish eat calcium carbonate

>Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999 16:29:33 -0800
>From: lovell at wa_freei.net
>Subject: Fish Eat Calcium Carbonate!?

>My water is extremely soft (<1 dKH) so I put generic pharmaceutical
>calcium supplement tablets in the tank at each water change.  When I
>first started doing this, I noticed that the SAE seemed to love the
>stuff -- he would stick his face into it and stir it all up.  Then the
>next day I'd see white SAE poop all over the tank.  Now my new Moonlight
>Gourami is doing the same thing in my other tank.  Have any of you CaCO3
>users noticed this behavior?  Any thoughts as to why it might be
>happening?  It doesn't seem to hurt the fish any.  BTW they are getting
>a varied diet of  TetraMin, bloodworms, zucchini, and yams for the SAE
>(he even eats algae sometimes!), and flakes, bloodworms, and Watersprite
>for the gourami.
>If nothing else, this makes finding material to vacuum up at water
>changes easier.

I have read it before that fish like to swim through clouds of calcium.
Fish need calcium to grow, and maybe your SAE tries to supplement for the 
lack of calcium in the water?

Hugo Hoekstra