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What Shall We Do Now?
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the centre through its surface opening, but an improvement on this system is for the leakage to be at the bottom of the tank and the inflow at the top.) Young perch are beautiful too,—and tench, and dace, and roach,—and all are hardy. Feeding them is very simple. The shop from which you buy the fish will keep you supplied with the proper food. At the Covent Garden aquarium you can see fish of all kinds and there also you can get a list of prices and arrange for a regular supply of worms. Foreign fish may be seen there too, fish which, if not more beautiful—and really nothing could be more beautiful than a young bream—are more quaint. The American catfish, for instance, with its curious antennae or whiskers, and its gleaming eyes, set as by a jeweller, is more wonderful, and not a whit more difficult to keep. But to be amused by such unfamiliar neigh­bours as a tankful of fish there is no real need either to stray abroad or to spend any money. The ordinary minnow, which you can catch in any stream and pop into a jar, will serve to introduce you to a new world—a world of silent progressions, of incredible celerities, of amazing respirations.
Silkworms
Silkworms, if kept at all, ought to be taken seriously and used for their true purpose. That is to say, you really ought to wind their silk carefully. Few owners of silkworms in this country seem to trouble to do this. Silkworms' eggs can be bought of any naturalist, or some one who keeps silkworms will willingly give you some. The time is about the end of April. They are usually laid on scraps of paper, and these you put in shallow paper and cardboard trays covered with gauze, and place them in the room where the sun can reach them. As the worms hatch out you must move them—it is done best with a small paint brush—to another tray or trays and keep them supplied with fresh mulberry leaves or lettuce. The worms
Silkwortns.
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