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NFC: Live food for sale (fwd)
J. L. Wiegert
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Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 11:18:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Konrad Schmidt <flier at uswest_net>
To: nfc at actwin_com
Subject: Live food for sale
There has been an interest locally for acquiring
glassorms (a.k.a) phantom midge larvae (Chaoborus sp.)
as a live food for native and tropical fishes. I'm
posting this inquiry to get a feeling if there is yet
a greater demand outside my area.
Glassworms have been harvested commercially since the
1960s when the demand was primarily for live food.
However, this has switched to almost entirely frozen
Glassworms are almost impossible to over feed since
they remain suspended and alive in the water column.
However, just a warning. If a few do escape hungry
fish, a non-biting midge fly will hatch in about 3
weeks at room temperature.
Care is minimal requiring only cold water which is
changed once or twice a week and an aerator.
The best use for glassworms is conditioning fish prior
to spawning, but is also an excellent staple for the
most finicky fish and as a supplement for insectivores
(i.e., darters) which can't make it on dry, and
often, most frozen foods.
Unfortunately, live glassworms are a seasonal food and
would only be available from late October to perhaps
Quantities and prices would be half-pints and pints
at $10 and $15 each respectively plus shipping for
UPS second day air.
Again this is only a shot to "test the waters." If
there is enough of a demand, shipments could begin in
March of this year to catch the tail end of the season.
Interested parties can contact me by email or phone