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Old 19th February 2010, 10:08 PM
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Default Aldrovanda vs. Planaria worms

One of my brother's aquariums is infected with Planaria worms, so I did an experiment, when I transferred a bit of the plants to a 15 gallon tank, the new tank eventually got infected with lots of worms... so I put in a few strands of aldrovanda to see if the Aldros will eat them, I didn't think the worms will eat my plants.

After a day, the worm numbers reduced a bit, after 2 days, only big ones can be seen, after 3 days, almost no more worms.

Top view, showing that most of the traps have brown/white stuff in it, those are the worms. Little bit blurred but you can see them. There is also a photo of a planaria worm in the middle of the photo, not sure if it was half caught or not.

Underwater view of some of the traps with their prey.

When disturbed, the worms would actually make themselves shorter,which means even the biggish ones will fit the trap, but I have witnessed a few times when a worm is halfway in only, in which case the worm usually is able to get away. Planaria worms if cut into two will end up becoming 2 worms.

Lessons learned?

1. Aldros are vicious as VFTs in terms of catching prey, yes I think a few times I have seen them with mosquito larvaes in their traps.

2. Aldros can eat quite a lot of small stuff and will surely out eat Utricularia in terms of prey size. Water boatmen beetles, planaria worms, Mossie larvaes and as I reported before small/baby snails are all prey items.

3. I am pretty sure they will be able to catch newly hatched small egglaying fish fry. I am not sure about guppy fries though.
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Old 20th February 2010, 02:40 AM
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Default Re: Aldrovanda vs. Planaria worms

Great post Arvin! Glad to see this! In the wild, they are often loaded with various worms, from tubiflex to Planeria, and the Aldrovanda feeds on them quite well, and loves the additional CO2 that they release by respiration. In my pond, some of the best strands are found in shallow puddles directly above a mat of tubiflex worms. Under a dissecting microscope, I observed these strands and saw dozens of smaller worms climbing through the whorls, along with copepods, mosquito larvae, daphnia, and a host of other small critters from mollusks to crustaceans.

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