a (wildish) live food question

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19 Jul 2013 21:24 - 29 Jul 2013 19:38 #1 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
I've got some container of water in my garden into which I dumped some spare live daphnia - now there's millions of them, which is great.

But there's also all sort of mosquito larve and cyclops etc.

Given that there's no fish in the containers & everything got there under its own power, is it farily safe to feed all these things to my fish? Does anyone know whats in the photos?




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19 Jul 2013 22:11 #2 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
With regard to the mosquito larvae, if you netted them and then gave them a rinse under the cold tap I'd say they'd be ok

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19 Jul 2013 22:52 #3 by Homer (Kevin)
Everything currently in the Water Container is 100% ok without washing or any prep work, the only worry is dragonfly larvae or those of diving Beetles. I am scooping things by the Sieve (small) load and my Fish love them, you can also gut load by adding Spirulina powder to the Water, the Daphnia will eat it and in turn, pass it to your Fish.

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29 Jul 2013 19:42 - 29 Jul 2013 19:43 #4 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
Thanks Guys.

I finally got the pics to load (apparently a Firefox problem).

The white larvae with the black heads are all around the container, about 1-2 cm from the surface.

Good idea with regard to spirulina - I had been throwing in old fish foods that were a bit past the sell by date, but when you posted I realised I had a big ziplock bag of spirulina flakes from a broken container - so I lashed a load of it in. I couldn't believe how fast the daphnia reproduced, the water surface is actually fizzing with baby daphnia . . .
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