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Old 10-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #1 
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About mosquito larva

If I were to want to get mosquito larva, are there any other little bugs that could get into the water that might be BAD for a betta? Like things I should watch out for? Or in general are all the little larva pretty good for the little fish?

Thinking about putting a container outside to collect mosquito larva for dionysus as a treat/to give him a varied diet. I know they can carry parasites, so I will of course be careful and watch him when feeding these things.

Also--how would you 'rinse' mosquito larva?
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:15 PM   #2 
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Mosquito larvae and bloodworms are quite similar. It's easier just to buy bloodworms frozen, freeze-dried, or live, then catching them. Live is best but kind of expensive.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:55 PM   #3 
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Ah, so if I have bloodworms, I might not need to invest in getting mosquito larva?

I'm trying to get more of a variety of foods to feed my fish, so I'm trying to see what other things I should get.
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Here's my collection of mosquito larvae, my Betta loves it and I think its a good excercise for him when he goes on the hunt when the larvae tries to hide or moves around a lot.

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Old 10-11-2011, 11:24 AM   #5 
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The only bad thing that could get into your culture are dragonfly larva. But they are safe and even good protein for adults.
You would also get BL ... an insect similar to mosquitoes. But they are sometimes tricky to harvest because they make shelters out of gunk/dirt.

As long as you don't use/add any pond/river water, your culture should only produce edible larva.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:27 AM   #6 
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Thanks so much! That will help to add a little live food variety for my guy!

He ate frozen bloodworms today, he definitely wanted them more than pellet food!


What are some other things I can get for variety?
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:56 AM   #7 
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i get the frozen bloodworms with the added nutrients.. it's too dry where i live to get many skeeters, much less standing water. even if we had any, the cricket swarm took care of anything that was left
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Thanks so much! That will help to add a little live food variety for my guy!

He ate frozen bloodworms today, he definitely wanted them more than pellet food!


What are some other things I can get for variety?
Anything small and soft. I sometimes feed mine:
- ant/termite eggs (here, they're sold at bird markets)
- Minced shrimp (salt or fresh water)
- small earth worms
- what ever tiny critters that get into or nest in my tubs.
- And the common stuff, like ML, daphnia, FBW (and live ones too)

Oh, there's ..... water mite (?) the round or oval gray ones - bettas don't eat them. So don't bother with them. The oval ones are OK for your "cleaner" in fry tanks but the round ones will attack even adults when there's no food.
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