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This is a discussion on Adventures of the 35G within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by jentralala Real quick! GUESS WHO HAS THEIR FIRST LIVE FOOD CULTURE?! let me guess..........

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:16 AM   #361
 
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Real quick! GUESS WHO HAS THEIR FIRST LIVE FOOD CULTURE?!
let me guess.......
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #362
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Ummmm..... dunno.

Whatcha growin'?

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:47 AM   #363
 
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THREE CHEERS FOR WORMS! You will have to keep us informed on how it goes. Not *SURE* I need pictures this time around ;)

TO THE LAKE! WHEEEEEE! Watch for gators, please! O.o
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #364
 
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Oh, JDM, mine are tiny little things, and they aren't nearly as red as yours! Yours are like a solid red, right? Mine are mostly clear with little red dots on their backs. But the tape is a really good idea :D

Okay sorry for the screaming, but I am SO EXCITED about it. And Ches, they're not *technically* worms, though they do look like them.

I'm growing what Florida grows best....mosquito larvae! I've been doing research all winter, just to make sure I can keep a handle on the population and how to harvest them, etc. And I can keep them outside, which is a total pro.

I've had the container set up for weeks (small opaque green plastic tub) with green water, but the mosquitos are just now starting to breed. I got about 10 today, and put them in the main tank. My fish gobbled up some of them but had a hard time 'seeing' them, as they are quite tiny and thin.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #365
 
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I'm growing what Florida grows best....mosquito larvae!
Cool! I've been wanting to try that, we grow some good mosquitoes in New Jersey too. I'm just nervous that I would miss harvesting them at the right moment...or that they'd somehow invade my tank and hatch in the house if no one eats them...I'll be curious to read how your project turns out!
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:14 PM   #366
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Oh, JDM, mine are tiny little things, and they aren't nearly as red as yours! Yours are like a solid red, right? Mine are mostly clear with little red dots on their backs. But the tape is a really good idea :D
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Bright red, with yellow accents.... here's a picture... actually this is a shot that my daughter took and it was in the photo contest last month. She was pleased that it was fourth I think.

This one is almost an inch long (yes, I measured them before putting them into the tank, they were mostly grown)

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #367
 
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I don't believe your breeding mosquitoes after what we read about killer giant mosquitoes invading Fla! You're fearless, girl! Good luck!!!
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #368
 
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JDM, what were yours marked as? I wish I could get a good picture of mine, they have a lot more 'clear' areas, with their backs looking like your guys' tummy.

And great photo by your daughter! I'm jealous, she's a better photographer than I am!

Perlumia, I was worried about it too but the #1 rule that I read was to check it every single day, and pick out the largest ones for feeding. I'm still working out how to catch them (today I used a turkey baster and sucked a few up and then strained them through a brine shrimp net, and then put the larvae in a bowl of tank water as I caught the rest of their brethren). It's also very difficult for a larvae to reach maturity in a tank with fish, as they'll hunt them down pretty quick.

I was nervous about accidentally 'breeding' mosquitoes, but I read an article somewhere that eased my mind a bit. It was stated that if you keep the rest of your yard clear of standing water, and provide a good place for them to lay their eggs (standing green water is supposed to be optimum), that you are in a sense controlling the population, as long as you cull the larvae. You're providing an optimum place for them to breed, so they don't need to search for anywhere else, and as long as you cull the larvae you'll be cutting down the population.

So far the only hints I have are that they are TINY, so a pipette would probably work a lot better than a turkey baster. I also recommend an opaque container, as it makes them easier to see against a 'background'. (I had both clear and opaque containers set up, and the clear one was much more difficult to spot the larvae. I ended up dumping it.)
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:30 PM   #369
 
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Oh, and a bit of a shrimp question.

The seller I bought my shrimp from says they are Neocaridina shrimp, and there are several different colors (pumpkin, yellow, cherry, red rili) and they will all interbreed. After doing some digging online several sites say to not mix colors as they will interbreed and eventually create brown offspring that look like the wild strain. Is this the only reason people don't mix them? Because I wouldn't mind having brown shrimp, I like natural colors. But is there any possibility of cross breeding colors being detrimental to the babies?
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:48 PM   #370
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Oh, and a bit of a shrimp question.

The seller I bought my shrimp from says they are Neocaridina shrimp, and there are several different colors (pumpkin, yellow, cherry, red rili) and they will all interbreed. After doing some digging online several sites say to not mix colors as they will interbreed and eventually create brown offspring that look like the wild strain. Is this the only reason people don't mix them? Because I wouldn't mind having brown shrimp, I like natural colors. But is there any possibility of cross breeding colors being detrimental to the babies?
From what I understand of it it is a colour variation issue only. When I picked these guys out they were a mottled brown colour. Environment means everything.

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