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Fishin Pole 07-09-2009 11:31 AM

mosquito larvae for fish food
 
So i got back from vacation recently and i noticed at my garage a 5 gallon bucket that i have used for years to water my garden, but it was filled with rain water and in it was mosquito larvae........I was ready to dump them away, but had a thought about them being fish food............I know you can feed it to guppies, but what other fish would enjoy such a snack?..........What are some of the dangers from feeding this larvae to my fish?...........I dont want to let the bucket sit too long, because i dont want them to hatch and have to deal with all the mosquitoes in my yard................Do you think its safe to feed these to my fish, or am i taking a chance to infect my fish with some parasite or other type of nasty?..........any input will be appreciated

Guppyluver4ever 07-09-2009 12:16 PM

I had the same question.... I mean I think its ok, but dont take my word for it... Do you have any guppies?

Guppyluver4ever 07-09-2009 12:20 PM

I just looked it up and it said that adult aquarium fish love it, but i dont know if their frozen or alive... ????

Fishin Pole 07-09-2009 12:56 PM

Yes, i have 2 tanks of guppies, both red swordtails...................Males in with my dwarf crayfish and the females are in a seperate tank all by themselves..............Sooner or later i will put one of my males in the tank with the females and let him do his thing!............Gotta wait a little though, till i have a fry tank set-up for them to grow out in....But i will have to move the males somwhere soon, my female dwarf crayfish is holding eggs and i dont want the guppies to eat the baby crays when they hatch

onefish2fish 07-09-2009 01:03 PM

your fine to feed them to your fish, just make sure they eat them all....or you know what you'll have around your house.

dramaqueen 07-09-2009 01:05 PM

I think the live food would be great for the fish. The main thing I'd be concerned about is if the area has been sprayed with insecticides.

onefish2fish 07-09-2009 01:43 PM

a bucket most likely wont have insectisides.

ShawnMcc 07-09-2009 11:04 PM

My aquarium has lavae already in it a masquito must have snuck in. A infinite food supply for my danios. My plants seem to be doing better as well.

MonsiuerPercy1 07-14-2009 11:47 AM

I recently have set up a bucket just for this exact reason. I wanted to get mosquito larva and use them as live snacks. I read online to just put some leaves and decomposing material into the bucket and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It should be fine for the fish.

MXS 07-14-2009 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonsiuerPercy1 (Post 214652)
I recently have set up a bucket just for this exact reason. I wanted to get mosquito larva and use them as live snacks. I read online to just put some leaves and decomposing material into the bucket and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It should be fine for the fish.

A couple of weeks seems like a bit much..

In fact, just looked it up, the eggs become larvae within 48 hours, and then in 48 more they will be adults.


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