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Live Food Or Not?
October 18, 2008
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Reva
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Hi guys, I've been busy again, so sorry I havent been answering posts as usual. Yesterday, I came home early enough to check my backyard little pond (which is actually a kiddy pool) that I grow live food in ie mosquito larvae. I feed it to my Ctenopoma. After weeks of nothing but worms and mosquito larvae in there, all of a sudden there are these wierd little critters. they are about the size of a flax seed or a large sesame seed. Dark brown/black in color, they swim really fast by unrolling and rolling in their tail. Body looks very oval when not swimming. I can see two teensie antennae on the head.

Do you guys have any idea what this is? Can I feed it to the fish? I have been straining them out and throwing away. But it is not dragonfly larvae. At best guess it is some kind of thing like a damsel fly or something like that. You guys are so good at imagining what I am talking about that I thought it was worth a try to ask you. If it's edible, it would be a lot easier to scoop both things out of the water.

October 18, 2008
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you'll be safe feeding them to the ctenopoma, from your description they are mossie larvae just before they change into the mossie.
so stop throwing them out. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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October 19, 2008
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Oct 18 2008, 07:12 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
you'll be safe feeding them to the ctenopoma, from your description they are mossie larvae just before they change into the mossie.
so stop throwing them out. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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Mick, I looked at "pond bug larvae websites and couldnt find anything that looked like them. What the heck are mossie?

October 19, 2008
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QUOTE (Reva @ Oct 19 2008, 03:24 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mick, I looked at "pond bug larvae websites and couldnt find anything that looked like them. What the heck are mossie?

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October 19, 2008
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thanks Paul, nice to have you back mate.

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October 20, 2008
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no no no...I KNOW what mosquito larvae are, and these are definately not that. These are very oval and dark and swim by undulating , not squiggling. no hairs, no breathing tubes, just sorta beetle shaped with antenna's, no legs that I can see ..they kinda look like the shape of an armadillo..soft underbody that opens and contracts really fast when they swim...(which is far faster than the mosquito larvae)

October 21, 2008
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I think Mick's right Reva. They sound like the pupal form of the mosquitos. Do they look like this?

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