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July 30, 2012

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog

Back in April we put our pond tank together. Aside from the usual things such as crushed coral, plants and fish (and unknown to us then, snails) we also added all of our protozoans, as well as pond invertebrates, such as rotifers, daphnia, tardigrades, and…planaria.

Since then we only know that it’s been a survival of the “food chain” for all these creatures. Regarding one of them, planaria, we have seen an occasional 1 or 2 from time to time. We even tried to see if any would venture into our planaria trap, all to no avail. We feared the worst for our Platyhelminthes/flatworm friends.

Enter one of our wonderful aquatics people here at the museum who stopped by to give our fish a rare treat — a mixtures of fresh, ground up food, not sure what or who was in that mix but…

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