Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern VA, USA
Is it safe to feed mosquito larvae to fish?
I have an old "rain barrel" (it's more like just a giant bucket) that I have ignored for a while. This year it developed quite an algae bloom and become thick and opaque green. A few weeks later the algae disappeared and were replaced by hordes of mosquito larvae. Masses of them. Every time I would move near the water they would flee to the depths in droves. I really do not want these guys to develop into flying adults, and I see an opportunity here for lots of free live food.
However I do not know how safe it is to feed "wild" larvae to fish. I've read that fish can develop dropsy from eating them. Right now I am testing them on my "junk" tank - basically a cruddy 55 gallon I bought as my first fish tank and is filled with invincible feeder rosy reds, which have survived every horrible condition imaginable, thanks to my ignorance as a novice.