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New Victoria Addict
Photos by Alan Montour - Click to enlarge
January 31, 2003
Fish and young Victorias do not play well together. I have removed them from this tank and placed them in my second aquarium after discovering they were eating healthy leaves. I would recommend that everyone wait until leaves are teenagers and covered with thorns before introducing fish. Juvenile Victoria leaves must be very tasty.
After this leaf was affected with "melt" I removed it to get a closer look. I took a magnifying lens and discovered what looks to me to be tiny holes. I am mystified by this and thought it might be an insect issue? I am going to monitor other leaves as they "melt" to see if this keeps happening.
We don't think the holes are from insects. It could be another manifestation of the "melt" or possibly the result of a fungus which can affect leaves if the surface doesn't dry thoroughly.
I now believe it is time to start thinking about a larger home for my Victorias. Does anyone have any ideas of the best road to take on a shoestring budget?
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