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Old 06-16-2013, 12:46 AM   #11 
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+1 on Matt's advice about cycling. I have 3 gal tanks which aren't cycled, so I tend to forget about that option. Live plants are also a good option.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:52 AM   #12 
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Thanks guys. I've been weaning him off bloodworms and have only fed him about once about 6 bloodworms in the course of two weeks (3 per saturday).. He's been taking a few NLS pellets, but will often refuse to eat more than 1 at a given time. The tank is in mid-cycle, I'm doing a fish-in cycle.
I have been using prime, and the plastic wrap and have also put a bucket of greenwater outside, but the mosquitoes refuse to lay eggs :/
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #13 
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Wait ... it's safe to actually try to get mosquitoes to lay eggs in a bucket of clean water so that they hatch and then you just feed the larvae to your fish? Why did I never think about that? The larvae are everywhere around here ...

Still, good luck with him! Hopefully he'll take to the pellets completely. :)
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Kiara, yup, it's completely safe, just make sure you collect them out of clean water you set out yourself and not some random lake.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #15 
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Ok, I have buckets that catch water from the gutters [so the yard doesn't flood], but I'll set up some new ones instead. How would you suggest catching them? I have a brine shrimp net. Would that work?
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #16 
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Yea it should. Make sure the water is dechlorinated. You' ll see the larvae, then you net them, rinse them, and feed them.

Anyways, back on topic.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:42 PM   #17 
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I use a turkey baster to suck them up. *** Make you dump out the water on a frequent, regular basis!!! *** You don't want a mosquito haven next to your home.

And as Matt said, let's get back on topic......

How is the little guy doing?
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #18 
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Thanks for the help :) He's been doing okay. Still a bit clamped and chews up NLS pellets only to spit them out again. I've tried adding some garlic, but he still refuses it. Hopefully he'll eat when he gets really hungry.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:30 PM   #19 
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At least when he's chewing them he's still getting some food. My PK, Owl, would do that all the time. He'd wait for the pellet to dissolve and then go after the smaller pieces. He wouldn't accept it if I did that ahead of time though, he HAD to do it himself. So, at least your boy is still getting some food. :)
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #20 
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Lol; that's so cute.
yep :)
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