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mosquitos in a porch grow tank..

I left the screen topper off of one of my ten gallons on the porch, hoping to expose them to just a pinch more light so they'd bush out a bit... Well... Mosquitoes decided to lay eggs... Then I noticed larvae, tried to flush them...

Was only slightly successful, the mosquitoes are now full grown blood suckers trapped in a fish tank...

Can I drown the adults and use something like algaefix to hit the eggs with... I had full intentions to use some of these pants later on(bacopa, lilaeopsis, dhg, alternathera...etc) in my tanks... Should I just bleach bomb them and nurse whatever survives back to health?
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Are there any fish in there? If not, add fish. The fish will take care of the eggs and larvae. As for the adult mosquitoes, I guess you can drown them.
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Are there any fish in there? If not, add fish. The fish will take care of the eggs and larvae. As for the adult mosquitoes, I guess you can drown them.
Thing is, the tanks is dry strart style or a riparian style set up... I could add water and fish, but that will probably drown my lilaeopsis... Blahhh...
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Oh right. I forgot I was looking at the riparium/terraium sub forums.
Exactly, how many mosquitoes are we talking about? Lots? some? Just release them into your house. It would suck but its not a big deal. Other than that, I have no real solutions

EDIT: as for the eggs and larvae, you can manually remove them as much as you can
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Borrow someone's Fire Bellied Toads! HAHA, other than that, releasing them should do the job.
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Are there any fish in there? If not, add fish. The fish will take care of the eggs and larvae. As for the adult mosquitoes, I guess you can drown them.
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Borrow someone's Fire Bellied Toads! HAHA, other than that, releasing them should do the job.
I do have connects with the local lfs... I may be starting my own soon here...

There are, however, a lot of mosquitoes... I can smack the side of the glass and see at least 30 at a time... Should I flood and free them? Can they breed without feeding? I could syphon and dry it for a couple days and co2 bomb the tank.. but I know from past trials, it won't kill everything...

I'm also worried about picking up even worse critters like dragonfly and damselfly nymphs..
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What about possible moving the tank outside and using a fan to blow the out? Take care that you mist so the plants don't dry out
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What about possible moving the tank outside and using a fan to blow the out? Take care that you mist so the plants don't dry out
The tank is outside.. there are outlets in back... I wouldn't even be worried about the plants with this method.. the substrate is deep enough to provide ample moisture...

The question of whether or not this will work still stands... Anyone tried it?
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I guess... I'd rather kill than release... Nasty little bugs..
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Borrow a frog or put enough water that a guppy or something small that can swim around in

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Can't you just flood the tank for a day or a couple of hours? Shouldn't kill the plants, and the bugs won't be able to hold their breath that long since they require air to breathe. As far as the larvae go, do the opposite, dry out the tank until you have no sitting water anywhere, or add enough water to keep a small betta, or guppy. You don't have to use chemicals.
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Gambusia. They won't take care of the adults, but mosquitos are short-lived. They will ensure there isn't a second generation. Only need 1-2" of water.

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would putting one of those sticky-style fly traps in there work? or maybe making something similar to a hornet trap (no clue what to draw in mosquitoes with...)


Or maybe you could tape a large bag over the top, open the lid, shoo the mosquitoes in, and then close it off and roll it up?.

or dry ice bomb it?

I dunno, just trying to toss out ideas, I really hate mosquitoes, and wouldn't want that happening to me.

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Mosquitos can't reproduce without blood. They need the iron and protein to do so....they should all die eventually.
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