I went to check on my pond test project and stumbled across a gold mine of free guppy food in the form of mosquito larvae, does anyone know how nutritious they are and if there are any pros and cons to feeding them to guppy?
All I know is that my fish (bettas, angels and tetras) LOVE them. They also saved a rescue angel's life because he was so far gone I couldn't get him to eat. The wiggling of the larvae sparked his interest and he was able to heal.
It's the most natural food in the world for fish so it can't be too nutritionally incomplete!
I would track how much you feed and make sure they are all gone...you don't want them morphing into adult mosquitoes in your house
I "farm" mosquito larvae by putting out buckets of water to stagnate. Egg rafts are usually laid the first night in the buckets. It takes a couple of days at least to get to a decent size. I take a small container and fill it with water and a drop of Prime. Then I take a fish net, swipe through the buckets, and turn the net inside out into the small container of fresh water and swish it around. That way the larvae have a chance to be "rinsed" before I feed them to the fish. I also use a baby medicine dropper to pull the larvae out of the container and feed them to the fish
Eddy thinks they're the greatest!
Just make sure that standing water is legal In your area.
Same. It is better knowing that the mosquitoes are laying their eggs in your bucket of water in which you will dispose of the larvae than having the mosquitoes lay eggs in your neighbor's bucket or somewhere else where the larvae might survive and become mosquitoes. The State usually doesn't check your house for standing water but if they do you are doing a favour by lowering the mosquito population since your feeding the larvae to your fish. They might think your weird but you just have to explain.
My angels especially the like the ones that have begun to pupate. They look juicier than the hairy larvae