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Watermeal safe with elassoma?

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#1 Guest_Joshaeus_*

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:22 PM

'ello all! I am, over the next few months, going to completely rescape my 5 gallon tank in preparation for pygmy sunfish ownership. That means removing the gravel and water, putting in 2 inches of sand, putting water back in, and then adding native north american plants to make it more authentic.
Anyhow, since I am going for an overgrown 'swampy' look, I am considering using watermeal (wolffia sp.) as a floating plant in the tank, along with duckweed. However, I've heard that wolffia is so small that most fish will eat it irregardless of whether or not they are herbivorious. Are the pygmy sunfish likely to eat a 2mm plant? (Incidentally Wolffia is also the world's smallest vascular plant...and it occasionally flowers)

#2 Guest_EricaLyons_*

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

In my experience, Elassoma don't eat something unless it wiggles at them. Sometimes it doesn't even wiggle 'right' at them and they won't touch it, like adult brine shrimp.

#3 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

I am with Erica, I think it is a non-issue. Wiggle or not.

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