Mosquito Larva?

Discussion in 'Cuttlefish Care' started by DeepBlueWonders, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. DeepBlueWonders

    DeepBlueWonders Vampyroteuthis Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    35
    What do you guys think about using live mosquito larve as a food for cuttlefish hatchlings? I was thinking of just putting a 5 gallon bucket out on my back porch for about a day, and then let the mosquitoes do their thing... Then just throw the larva in the net breeders in my tank with the dwarf cuttle hatchlings. Any suggestions or comments? Do you guys think the cuttles would eat the larva? Would it be safe?
     
  2. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    2,996
    Likes Received:
    69
    I think I tried it and the mosquito larvae died very quickly in saltwater.
     
  3. DeepBlueWonders

    DeepBlueWonders Vampyroteuthis Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    35
    Did you happen to notice if the cuttles were at all interested? Maybe mosquito larva could be used as a frozen food later, if they dont take it live.
     
  4. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,891
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    They will take frozen mysids, which are not that expensive. The preferred foods of cephalopods are crustaceans and fish. While mosquitos belong to the arthropod class like crustaceans, I would guess that crustaceans have a different nutritional make-up than mosquito larva.

    Baby cuttlefish are extremely hard to raise, I wouldn't risk trying a new food with them, when it has been proven that mysids are the best food for newly hatched cuttles.
     
  5. DeepBlueWonders

    DeepBlueWonders Vampyroteuthis Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    35
    Ok. Thanks for the input. I wasnt seeing mosquito larvae as a substitute for mysid, but more as in addition.
     
  6. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,891
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Stick with mysids.
     

Share This Page