Question Flightless fruit flies

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Does anyone know if flightless fruit flies reproduce in the little vile you buy them in from petco?? Or will I have to buy more and these will run out?
 

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I'm not certain but with mealworms in a tub from the shop if I feed them some old potato or carrot I always find babies so if u put some old friit e.g. an orange segment they probably will
 
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SnookusFish said:
I'm not certain but with mealworms in a tub from the shop if I feed them some old potato or carrot I always find babies so if u put some old friit e.g. an orange segment they probably will
Thanks for the reply! I chopped up a grape and threw it in there so hopefully that will work!
 
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kansas said:
Let us know if it works.
Hi, I just wanted to give an update on the fruit flies. I have actually seen a decrease in population even though I stopped feeding them to the fish for several days, and their container now has white stuff on the inside that appears to possibly be mold. Maybe it would work better with a different fruit but I think when this colony dies out I won’t buy them again :)
 

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Thanks for the info. Wild fruit flies breed like crazy, so these must be treated so they can't breed.
 
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kansas said:
Thanks for the info. Wild fruit flies breed like crazy, so these must be treated so they can't breed.
Huh that’s interesting I didn’t even think of that
 

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No, you need a different food for the fruitflies. They lay their eggs in the same stuff that's used for microworms, usually baby cereal or corn flour. You also need to start new colonies regularly, just like microworms. And finally, make sure you have wingless fruitflies, and not just vestigial winged flies. With a rich diet, the vestigial winged can actually grow full wings sometimes!
 

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