Daniel Posted August 1, 2020 Share Posted August 1, 2020 (edited) Recently I’ve been trying to grow Daphnia outside in a 5 gallon bucket with little success. I put in a starter culture of Daphnia I retrieved from my ditch but our weather here has been in the mid-90s for the last two weeks and it fried all the Daphnia. I set up a second bucket to grow mosquito larva in, but no mosquitoes ever came and laid eggs. So I was 0 for 2. Or so I thought. Last weekend I was weeding the garden and throwing the weeds into our wheelbarrow, (which I was too lazy to empty). It rained repeatedly during the course of the week, and when I went out this afternoon you could smell the fetid wheelbarrow from 20 feet away. On closer inspection however, it had 50+ mosquito larva egg rafts floating amongst the rotting plants. At 100 larva per raft that is something on the order of 50,000 5000 mosquito larva! I fished the egg rafts out with a tablespoon and put them a bowl for transport to a grow-out container. I went back to my original 5 gallon bucket with no mosquito larva in it and it had turned pea soup green over the course of the week. So now I’ve got Daphnia inside in a 10 gallon aquarium happily munching on green water. And I’ve got 50,000 5000 potential mosquito larva in the fish room also. It’s times like this I need to stop and realize that I have a spouse who tolerates worms in the refrigerator and 50,000 mosquito larva in the fish room. I need to do something nice for her today. Edited August 1, 2020 by Daniel Math 2 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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