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How long do they take to accumulate? I live right beside a stagnant heavily planted lake so that might quicken things, and by live next too I mean my house is part of it. I just want to stop buying bloodworms and collecting my own LIVE foods.I harvest them and mosquito larva from my bird bath and water fountain I can get hundreds in a week than freeze them in small batches.
I wish! There are non in the area where I live and I'm looking for something I can find by hand, I will certainly do it if I knew where to find them, bloodworms on the other hand I can just leave water out with rotting veg and get some (I think).Look for whiteworms. They are easy to culture, and good nutrition if kept to twice a week (fat content).
Sweet, I will try place a container of tank water outside with some flake food and yeast. How long before they morph into midge flies?
I agree with ya mate, but do you know any other easy to grow live foods? I have considered brine shrimp but no one sells here, I just wanna start a more cheaper option to feed my fish, I have 4 electric dwarf cichlids, corydoras and neon tetra sized fish, so stuff like earthworms I assume won't work.I have bloodworms in my water butt but I think that to culture larger numbers of them they need to be fed on organic matter such as manure or vegetable waste etc.
I'm not sure it would be worthwhile and without downsides (smell, flies etc.) but you could research further.
I am happy to use farmed frozen bloodworm as I find them convenient and despite being dead they still seem the favourite food of my fish.