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    Well I just found out that Utricularia gibba, though it has very small traps, has a very small chance of catching a fish. I dropepd a piece into a small cup containing a few belly sliding fry(fry which cannot swim properly...if you want you can read about the rest of them in the FW aquariums section). When I got back one of them was dead with its tail caught neatly inside one of the traps.

    I took a few photos but they may not be good...will post them after I am back from a trip.

    Seeing this I have no trouble believing a larger utricularia could do similar without having to be confined to a small space.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    Not the killies! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] Say it aint so!

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    It indeed was a baby killifish. Not one that I was trying to save...most of the siblings that came out similarly(unable to swim properly) are in the bellies of a few bluespotted sunfish juveniles right now. The rest of the (normal) fry are doing excellently and growing. Needless to say I picked out what little U. gibba I could find(if I left it it would likely turn int 50/50 java moss U. gibba in a few weeks). I doubt U. gibba can catch healthy fry but I do know if likely eats as much baby brine shrimp as one!

    I was pretty impressed and I've heard some people say that the photos involving Utrics eating fish are posed. I do not doubt that does happen but I believe that larger species can catch small fish if give the chance.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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