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poridge
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Joined: 06 Sep 2004
Location: Australia

PostPosted: 2004.11.28(Sun)0:58    Post subject: DIY blood worms Reply with quote

hello all,
I recently filled up a polystirene tub with water and just left it in the sun. one month later I go and check it and wola I see tubes of green stuff and inside these tubes what I can see are little red worms now I'm not sure if they are blood worms but my guppies love them. only problem is harvestign them and getting enough to supply all my fish.

does anyone know a way that I can attract more blood worms to the tub?
all does anyone know a different way to start a colony of bloodworms.
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.28(Sun)1:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too would love to know how to do this....I have a puffer and some Cichlids that love the blood worms.....
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Taratron
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PostPosted: 2004.11.29(Mon)14:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure they're not mosquito larvae? Mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant still waters, after all....
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Cyradia
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PostPosted: 2004.11.29(Mon)14:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

blood worms = mosquito larvae
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.29(Mon)18:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

O well it would be kinda hard to grow mosquite larvae right now where I'm at......theres like 4" of snow on the ground.
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poridge
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PostPosted: 2004.11.29(Mon)22:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure these aint mosqutio larvea. the red things make a concoon out of the plant matter in the water.
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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2004.11.29(Mon)22:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyradia: Bloodworms are midges, mosquito larvae are mosquitos...you can get both in backyard tub cultures.
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2004.11.30(Tue)3:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres a website somewhere that supplies all types of live food starter cultures, can't remember what its called though. let me think........
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.30(Tue)4:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

uLtRa wrote:
Theres a website somewhere that supplies all types of live food starter cultures, can't remember what its called though. let me think........


YES PLEASE REMEMBER!!!!!!!!

That would be so great to have.
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Cyradia
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PostPosted: 2004.11.30(Tue)8:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fine...midges and mosquitos are technically different...but very closely related. Personally, I don't want the adults of either around me and it's not like you can politely invite all the midges in the area to breed in your tub and exclude the mosquitos. Razz

http://fins.actwin.com/live-foods/month.9804/msg00009.html

Personally, I think it's really hard to beat a lb of frozen bloodworms considering if you accidently miss harvesting some of your live mosquito larvae or bloodworms you have pest bugs flying around you. I think it's especially dodgey in a time where we've seen west nile outbreaks.
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