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Old 05-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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mosquito larvae

I live in the south and after it rains any water left standing becomes a possible home to mosquito larvae...

my grandmother collects rain water in large drums to water her gardens. Today while doing that for her I noticed all the babies swimming about and contemplated feeding them to my fish. Has anyone ever done this before? Why or why not? What was or is the possible outcome?
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as long as there are no chemicals/contaminants in the water it should be fine
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Just to add, I believe some misquitos may carry parasites that may infect the fish? I know thats one of the reasons some people don't do it. Thats just second hand information though, not sure how accurate it is.
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Interesting! Good to know.... I was contemplating ways to control that as well
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Just to add, I believe some misquitos may carry parasites that may infect the fish? I know thats one of the reasons some people don't do it. Thats just second hand information though, not sure how accurate it is.
some carry west nile,but i havent heard of any others,and unless youve had an outbreak i think youll be ok
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Can fish even get west Nile?
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I did some quick googling and all I came up with were malaria and dengue fever and such.
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I did a bit more research and found a lot of people have done it without any ill effects. They recommended rinsing them again in some clean water after collecting them.
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I'll try it in my qt tank and watch it for a few weeks. It should be an interesting live food
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Its fine, lots of people use them. There are several writeups on the subject through Google. I've used them but prefer other easier cultures instead.
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