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Old 09-22-2012, 08:37 PM   #1 
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Free mosquito larvae!

So I was gearing up to change the tank water and had the lid off the tank. I go in there, and there is a mosquito in the tank, on the floating betta log laying eggs!!! (we are in FL, rainy season...there are lots of mosquitoes around)...

So do you think I should not clean the log, and let these hatch? Free betta food! That would be pretty cool, and I think might be a healthy snack for Bobby.

What do you think?
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #2 
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The ones not eaten will become blood sucking mosquito.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:05 PM   #3 
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I'm sure Bobby will get em all before that. I once gave him a fruit fly and it was gone in seconds
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:08 PM   #4 
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You'll want to remove a good portion of the eggs. Mosquitos have thousands of babies, and that's too much for one fish to eat. I personally would remove them all because you never know what kinds of diseases the mosquito is carrying/passed down to the larva.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #5 
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Yeah live foods may carry diseases or tuberculosis, which could be fatal to the fish.
I'm not saying nobody should ever feed live foods, but its good to know the risks.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #6 
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I've been feeding mine mosquito larvae.. and I live in NYCzz pretty polluted and stuff... XD
I would recommend to move the eggs to a jar with tank water, and maybe a plant...
then feed him as they grow bigger
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I didn't think about the possibility of the larvae carrying diseases....
I guess you can never be sure. You don't know what the mother was sucking on....gross!
Ah well...when I saw that, my first thought was ...Cool...free live food! Better to err on the side of caution and remove them. Or at least take them out of the betta bowl.
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I want them XD
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I think the disease risk is too great.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #10 
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I scrubbed them off this evening...

I couldn't really see any, the betta log is pretty dark colored, but I gave the whole thing a scrub with a scrubbing brush under hot water.

thanks for being the voices of reason.....
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