Leech as Live Foods
Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:44 PM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:04 PM
In this photo, the clear species of leech on top of the big brown one is the white species I'm referring to. http://gallery.nanfa...resize.jpg.html
The larger brown species, seen here http://gallery.nanfa...resize.jpg.html annoyed me by eating my blackworms. The small white species never did any harm though, eating mostly old flake food and possibly baby snails, can't say for sure.
Here's another photo with a white/clear leech in it: http://gallery.nanfa...mber 2.jpg.html (It's in the substrate)
I went through and completely eradicated the brown species from my tanks (*insert evil cackle here*) while the white species is still present. The brown species was an egg layer and grew to be up to six inches long (!!!) but the white species is a livebearer, or at least its young hatch on its back, and it only grows to less than an inch maximum size.
The problem is that my fish (Elassoma gilberti and guppies) don't eat leeches. They don't see them or don't care, one of the two. When I had Etheostoma spectabile darters, they tried to eat the brown leeches but they hid under the ground. Leeches burrow.
Edited by EricaWieser, 31 May 2011 - 06:10 PM.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:37 PM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:50 PM
I agree, and it turns out that the vast majority of leeches are detrivores who eat the detritus that accumulates on the bottom of fish tanks.
I would guess most aquarists never considered using leeches because a) they're not sold at the petstore and b) they think leeches are scary, or at least disgusting. I don't see any problem with it as long as the leeches aren't parasitizing your fish.
Edited by EricaWieser, 31 May 2011 - 06:51 PM.
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