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In Summer, there are always plenty flies around the house. Attracted by the compost heap, flowers, snails that I squished flat, you name it. Many of these flies become food for my African Butterflies, but I also noticed that my Festivums go crazy for them.

Rather than catching them one by one, I built this very effective fly trap. It is made out of a 3l soda bottle with its bottom cut off, one of them cross-stitch plastic thingies from the craft isle, and a zip tie.

I roll the plastic into a funnel, leaving a small, maybe 1" hole on the top. I used small zip ties to "sow" it together, then connected the large zip tie. Cut a slit into the bottle cap and pushed the zip tie through. This way I can hold it by the zip tie, which pulls up the plastic and seals it against the bottle.

Okay, now I go out and slowly lower it over poor, innocent big green flies. Once scared, they have an urge to go up, up, up which brings them to the hole on top that doesn't lead to freedom, but to certain death.

I can catch probably 20+ flies in 5 minutes if there are enough around. Once I am happy or tired of it, the whole contraption goes into the freezer (making sure it doesn't open up accidently... wife doesn't like little frozen dead bodies in the fridge). After a couple of minutes, they don't move anymore and either are thrown into the tank or get stored for future feeding. Helps to keep my ABFs happy in Winter when other insects are scarce.

Just thought I'd share.
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That's a good idea. Thanks for sharing. Have you tried just shaking the bottle around a little to disorient the flies so they can't fly but they will move around. Then feed them to your fish... I'm sure you don't have a problem with your ABFs eating the chilled flies but they may like them better if their moving around. Any idea what the nutritional value of a fly is?


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Hehe, the kind of flies that I catch would not get disoriented that quickly... they would end up all over the house.

But you are right, the ABFs prefer something that's moving. You should see what happens when I put a moth in there that flutters all over the surface. Think Jurassic Park, the field where the Velociraptors attack.

Not sure about the nutritional value, but I figure it might be part of their "natural" diet, and a good addition if fed once a week or every other week.


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I would be worried about pestasides that have been used in your neighborhood, etc. comtaminating your tank and harming your fish.
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Clever trick Wasser! I may have to try that.


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I would be worried about pestasides that have been used in your neighborhood, etc. comtaminating your tank and harming your fish.
Good point... but I am not too worried. I guess it would be similar to us eating Strawberries and Apples and Grapes without thoroughly washing them. You know it isn't good for you but it won't kill you either.


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You know it isn't good for you but it won't kill you either.
True, however people are more "resiliant" than fish.. I wish you all the luck, ABF's are sweet. I had a tank dedicated to Archers, 50% filled with water and branches plants the whole deal. It was sweet! I fed them crickets.
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