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Re: NFC: scatterbrain-proof live food rasing

An outside tank/plastic gargage can/pond is good for mosquito larva, scuds 
and bloodworms, although if it gets too warm - as in Phoenix, the cultures 
will die out.  You'll need to introduce a few scuds to get those going, the 
others take care of themselves.  It helps to add some dead weeds and stuff - 
some use a little garden soil, or even manure - to get the bottom of the 
food-chain off to a good start.  If you use this last ingredient, it's 
probably best to aerate your tank/vat.  Your neighbors will appreciate you 
if you harvest the mosquito larva OFTEN.  They're generally happiest if they 
don't know about it at all!

I've heard that the older 'bull larva' (the pupa stage?) are dangerous for 
small fish, and can actually chew their way out of a fish's stomach, but 
I've never seen it happen - still talking mosquito larva, here.  I'd be 
interested if anyone has any experience or information on this - old wive's 
tale, or fact?

Microworms are pretty trouble-free, but the cultures do go bad after a 
while.  Confused flour beetles are good and trouble free, although a little 
hard to harvest.

Good luck!


From Phoenix, where it's been at or over 100 for two weeks straight!  I'm 
ready for October, already!

>From: "Kristine Weisbrod Massin" <kwmprairie at hotmail_com>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: NFC: scatterbrain-proof live food rasing
>Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:15:35 -0500
>Does anyone have suggestions for live food that I can raise for small and
>small-ish fish that can tolerate very irregular care?  I've tried daphnia
>twice now & failed dismally both times...
>I was considering grindal worms but have heard mixed reviews about them.
>I'm getting a little sick of shelling out money for starter cultures only 
>have them die when I can't get to them for a couple days because the horse
>hurt himself or I have to go out of town for work or my pup got beat up
>again & I have to do bedside care or whatever.  (ever tried asking a
>pet-sitter to take care of a feeder cuture? :)  'feed the fish' they
>understand but 'feed the fishes' food' they find confusing).
>Any suggestions?
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