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Old 12-03-2012, 06:54 AM   #1 
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Mosquito vs. Midge

Mosquito larvae are considered a high-quality staple food for Betta. Yet bloodworms, which are midge larvae, are considered as a low-nourishment occasional treat.

Why is that?
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:21 AM   #2 
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Good question. Maybe it has to do with what the different creatures eat. Bloodworms seem a lot more watery than mosquito larvae as well...
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:28 AM   #3 
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It looks like midges eat sugary things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chironomidae
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:17 AM   #4 
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It seems the adults do. But why should that effect the food value of the larvae. Trout and other wild fish dote on the little things.

Thanks for helping me look into it, fff.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #5 
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You're welcome, Hallyx :)

The larvae of both species do seem to eat the same things...Bloodworms, however, hang out in the mud at the bottom of the water while mosquito larvae hang out near the surface. I don't know how this would affect their nutritional value but it might have something to do with it...
http://www.raingarden.us/bloodworms.htm
http://www.wumcd.org/mosquito/larvae.html

I think the fact that the adults eat different things might have to do with how nutritious the young are. I think an organism that eats something as nutritious a blood would make more nutritious babies than something that eats sugars. I don't know though, I'm no biologist ;).
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:32 AM   #6 
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Hmmm... that seems reasonable and logical.

But that article on bloodworms consider them high-quality protein for goldfish and carp. And there are other worms, like blackworms and microworms and such, which are important for conditioning and fry development.

I'm still looking. Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:32 AM   #7 
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As far as I know; all worms and worm like critters have high fat and less protein value while shrimps and shrimp like creatures have less fat, more protein and calcium. I have never seen a betta become overweight due excessive ML but many do if fed too many BW. By overweight I mean becoming very thick - females become too thick to be embraced by equally sized males.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #8 
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But ML aren't shrimp like creatures....are they?
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Does anyone have a breakdown of the crude fat and protein content of the two larvae? Are they similar?
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:36 PM   #10 
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Is the difference perhaps that the mosquito larvae are herbivores while the midge larvae are omnivores/carnivores?
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