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Re: Spring Fever (long)
The tubs I use are the 35 gallon plastic ones that I got at KMart several
years ago. They stay outdoors on the patio year 'round. In cold winters
they have been covered with at least 5 inches of ice with no ill effects.
Your winters are probably more severe than ours, though.
The "essing" things are red and bloodworm size so I assume that's what they
are. I have the bloodworm tubes in the tubs (!) and I guess these guys just
came out to enjoy the sun. As you know, bloodworms are the larvae of a tiny
midge. I could never understand how such a relatively long worm could
metamorphize into such a tiny fly, but obviously they do it.
I also raise daphnia indoors year 'round. in 35 gallon tubs under a 12 hour a
day 40 watt bulb. It works great. My large kribs and angels love them.
Fruit flies are also easy to raise. I did for a while, with the culture on
top of the refrigerator. I gave it up in part because some people didn't
like the idea of maggots in the kitchen. Hard to understand . . . <g>
Good luck on your early spring experiments. Summer's on the way.