Thread: Live mosquito larvae?
06-15-2011, 04:21 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Live mosquito larvae?
I've just joined your online community, and I have a question about live food. Is it acceptable to feed platys live mosquito larvae? We had a rainstorm a few days ago, and today in various pools of water I see lots of them scooting about. I would prefer harvesting from outdoors rather than buying live food from a pet store.
06-15-2011, 04:24 PM #2
it's acceptable so long as the larva aren't coming from a polluted environment. If the pools with the larva with them are in areas that fertilizers or pesticides have been used, or if they're right near a roadway, you may not want use them.300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
06-15-2011, 04:25 PM #3
Yes, you can feed the larvae to your fish. But remember, wild food can be an issue. It can carry parasites or other toxins.
Pet store food is careflly reared (at least it should be), and therefore safer.55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
06-21-2011, 02:40 AM #4
I give my mosquito larvae a bath in tap water for a couple of hours before feeding to the fish, changing the water every half-hour or so. It wouldn't get rid of bacteria/viruses but can help limit the larvae introducing too much other unwanted rubbish into the tankCurrently: Spotted Blue-eyes, two species of Australian shrimp, Ornate Rainbowfish, Guppies, Corydoras, goldfish.