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Old 05-13-2011, 11:23 AM   #1 
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How to go about storing mosquito larvae for fall/winter?

Hi!!!
I was wondering if anyone knew how to store mosquito larvae for the times they aren't out?! Like freeze drying them (never done that before).
Are these safe to feed betta fish as a regular diet or do I need to feed them pellets along with them? I think I read somewhere it is, but I want to be sure.
I have pellets, and will continue giving them those, but I wondered if the mosquito larvae was enough?

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:38 PM   #2 
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Mosquito larva are generally all that is needed if fed enough

I froze my extras a few years ago and used a hand cheese type grater to grate and feed...the fish ate them okay, however, since freezing can break down cell walls...not sure of the nutritional value so I fed other foods too.

I am pretty lucky...I get larva about 9 months of the year....some years better than others....lol......but I usually get daphnia all year as long as we get good sun......
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:03 PM   #3 
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Cool!!!
Thank you very much. :D
I have been feeding them 2-3 in the morning and 2 at night.
I forgot about the mini pond I had out in the backyard, so i've been collecting them from that. Haha
I think the mosquitos here just come out in late spring and throughout the summer.
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Sounds a bit gross having a mosquito larva farm on purpose.. xD!

I had problems with those when I used to live in Brazil but here in the UK, those poor guys barely have a month in the summer, I never had problems with them here, which is a good thing, because I'm allergic to them haha.
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lol
People think they are gross (I showed them to my family too), for some reason they don't bother me.
I guess cause they remind me of inchworms?

Oh, that is a good thing then!!
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:10 PM   #6 
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He is the larvae from the pond plants, they are in a plant holder,
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