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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Mosquito larva not living in tank water?.

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I have one 5 gallon bucket of old tank water sitting outside waiting for my rosebush to get thirsty. I have another large tote with a piece of driftwood soaking right next to it. I need to drain and refill the tote every 2-3 days because its teaming with larve, but the old tank water has nothing and its been over a week.

Is something in my tank water killing the larva?
Is the water to fresh for mosquitos?

Weird.
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does it have algae growing?
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I believe the egg laying females are drawn to some water more than other, somehow sensing the nutrient level for the offspring. You might try moving an egg mass to the container of tank water, see if they hatch.

I wish I had lots of mosquito larvae, I like them for feeding the fish.
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tannins do draw bugs of all kinds
throw some leaves in the tank water, they will decompose bringing the possiblity of more algae and food for the larva
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Mosquito larva not living in tank water?.

Neither container has visible algae growth. But the wood has never been soaked. The tank water bucket has some water lettuce, frogbit, and a few strands of java moss.


There are definitely massive amounts of tannins. My tea is not that dark.
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Mosquito larva not living in tank water?.

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I believe the egg laying females are drawn to some water more than other, somehow sensing the nutrient level for the offspring. You might try moving an egg mass to the container of tank water, see if they hatch.

I wish I had lots of mosquito larvae, I like them for feeding the fish.

Good thinking. I hate hind site. Moved a bunch this morning.
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