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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:13 am Post subject: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 if  you  want  to  feed  your  fishes  with  live  food  and  cannot  go  to  the  market  regularly,well  i've  got  the  alternative.
 
 you  could  feed  fruitflies  to  them(found  usually  flying  over  uncovered  bananas)
 for  making  a  fruitfly  trap:
 1.cut  a  2  litre  plastic  bottle  into  halves(preferably  the  base  should  be  slightly  more  than  top).
 2.place  a  small  piece  of  banana  into  the  bottle.
 3.invert  and  place  the  top  portion  of  the  bottle  into  the  basal  portion
 4.make  sure  there  is  no  gap  in  between.you  could  place  a  strip  of  paper  in  between  to  cover  up  the  gap.
 5.now  into  the  mouth  of  the  bottle  roll  and  place  a  strip  of  paper(roll  into  a  thin  pipe  form)
 6.the  flies  will  get  attracted  by  the  smell  and  somehow  enter  the  bottle.
 7.but  they  won't  know  how  to  get  out.
 go!let  your  fishes  enjoy  a  new  meal!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 Sounds  interesting.  But  How  big  are  these  fruit  flies  and  can  we  feed  them  to  all  fish?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:46 pm Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 Vinay,  good  topic  you  brought  up  Thumb Up
 
 They  are  the  small  brown  flies  that  you  will  find  hovering  over  any  open  fruit  or  even  garbage.
 
 As  Vinay  points  out,  its   a  great  live  food  source  and  the  trap  works  wonderfully  well.  If  you  leave  it  long  enough  you  can  get  them  to  lay  eggs  and  then  you  get  even  more  production  Very Happy
 
 It  can  be  fed  to  nearly  all  carnivorous  fish  upto  3  inches  long.  Large  fish  won't  benefit  much...
 
 To  get  them  out  of  the  bottle,  chill  it  in  the  freezer  for  a  few  minutes.  The  flies  will  become  inactive,then  open  the  trap  and  shake  them  out.  Feed  to  the  fish...  simple  Very Happy
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:02 pm Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 How  to  feed  the  fishes,  I  tried  this  with  small  butterflies/moths(for  oscars)  and  ants  for  small  fishes,  but  when  we  throw  them  on  water  surface  they  are  capable  to  fly  or  crawl  out  of  there.  when  they  are  in  bulk  it  looks  a  mess  with  so  many  insects  near  and  in  the  tank.
 Feeding  butterflies  to  oscars,  jaguars  or  FHs  is  very  thrilling  to  watch,  I  used  to  drop  them  on  water  surface  and  cover  the  tank  with  mosquito  net  with  no  gap  for  the  insect  to  exit,  the  insect  would  fly  around  in  there,  oscar  and  jaguar  used  to  chase  the  butterfly  around  and   jumped  out  to  grab  it,  many  times  they  had  to  work  hard  to  catch  their  prey.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:48 pm Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 As  mentioned  in  my  previous  post..
 
 The  way  you  feed  them  is  to  chill  the  trap  in  the  freezer  for  a  few  minutes,  the  flies  will  become  inactive  and  then  you  can  simply  tap  them  out  on  to  a  piece  of  paper  and  feed  them  to  your  fish.
 
 Regards,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:04 am Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 its  working  i  guess...good  one
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:39 pm Post subject: Re: fruitfly food? Reply with quote

 There  are  wingless  variety  of  fruit  fly  called  D.melanogaster  and  D.hydei.
 
 Dont  know  if  they  are  available  in  India.   They  should  be  available  just  that  I  dont  know  where  to  go   Smile  
 
 Good  source  of  live  food  for  Betta,  guppy  and  other  fishes  with  upward  turned  mouth.
 
 But  you  can  get  them  in  US,  this  is  just  one  of  the  source
 
 http://www.flygrowers.com/servlet/StoreFront
 
 This  site  also  has  steps  on  how  to  culture  these  flies  in  case  you  get  hold  of  a  starter  culture.
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