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Mosquito Larvae as Fish Food
Okay, I'm planning on a return to fish keeping after an eighteen year hiatus and I've been doing a huge amount of reading... quite a few things have changed since 1989. Anyway, I live in an area--along the Delaware River in NJ--where if I put out so much as a teaspoon of water out mosquitoes will begin breeding. Consequently, during the warmer parts of the year I have easy access to literally scads of mosquito larvae (or mosquitoes if I'm not too swift ). I've read from time to time that some people use the larvae as food, while sometimes there is some worry that they could be injurious to fish. Is there a 'final word' on this? Does it depend on the type of tank/fish?
I think the worry about injury is mostly the risk of introducing other critters along with the mosquitoes, particularly dragonfly larvae. You can combat this by freezing it first if you want. I believe it to be a very good, nutritious (and free!) source of food, provided you do it right.
Okeedokee, that sounds peachy. So what then is the correct way to, umm, 'harvest and serve' my little mosquitolings? Just strain and freeze, then thaw and serve? I was planning on serving them live sans water (strained)--it would seem like a bit of entertainment for the fish since the larvae tend to bob and weave a bit--but I want to take necessary precautions when I get setup. Oh, what type of strainer or other device should I use?
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Originally Posted by Little-Fizz
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