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The Bug Farm
San Rafael, CA 94903  USA

2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, J.Atchison

The Bug Farm grows Grindal worms, Fruit Flies, Microworms and more!

Live Food and Live Food Cultures for Tropical Fish
A young Blue Gularis (Fp. sjoestedi).
At about 4 inches long, he still has
some growing to do. He can easily

eat a couple dozen fruitflies per feeding
...and that's twice a day.

Because your critters will grow better, pure and simple. What do you think they eat in the wild? Of course we're being facetious because they will eat what they can get and not all of that will be live. We do however find that most small animals seem to be more vibrant and colorful, more productive and fertile and generally healthier by starting with live food cultures and feeding live foods for at least part of their diet.

Recently, we were talking with an Angelfish breeder who uses live foods pretty extensively.

It turns out that she gets the same body size in 2 months using live foods (Grindal worms and Whiteworms) as she did in 3 when she was using prepared foods. That is the equivalent of a 50% increase in production! If you're in business, that will translate into money...but if you are just raising fabulous critters fish treated like that will be huge.

We like to keep species from North America. Some of them have little or no commercial value and and can be rather hard to get in the hobby. When you areFood, Live  Food and Live Food Cultures for Tropical Fish lucky enough to acquire a hard-to-get fish, one would be foolish not to make the extra effort to encourage the fish to spawn...and live food can play an important role in that spawning environment.

However, if at no other time in the life of an animal, during that period when they are conditioning themselves for spawning, culturing live food can be a critical part of the program. It is generally during periods of an abundance of food that animals will breed successfully. By cultureing and feeding live food as a portion of their diet you are allowing the critter to have the wide variety of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that trigger the spawning and breeding activities thereby insure a successful spawn. Although live food cultures such as Grindal worms, Whiteworms and Vinegar Eels are not a native prey for most critters, they do simulate the composition of native foods and contain many of the same nutrients.

Microworms are a great live food to start Betta fry on.
Microworms crawling up
the sides of the container...
ready for harvesting!

Another often overlooked benefit of cultivating a diverse food mix is the insurance of food availability in cases of seasonality. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area where brine shrimp is still harvested commercially and hobbyists can catch their own, availability can be seasonal.

Fruitflies are food food for feeding to fish, lizards and frogs.




Here's an interesting comparisonof
D. melanogaster on the left
and D. hydei on the right...the
scale is the same...yikes!

...and one more thing...the live foods have a tendency to stay alive in the water column. At least they stay alive for a while. They give the fry a chance to find them and eat them before the food starts to decay.

Grindal worms, Microworms and Vinegar Eels form the core of our feeding program. These core cultures provide us with the variety of sizes and ease of culture that give us the flexibility we need to feed most of our diverse collection of fishes.

We like the core food cultures we raise for another often overlooked advantage...they take so little time to take care of. The time we save with these three simple and easy foods rather than other more temperamental ones gives us time to enjoy watching the fish grow rather than messing with the food culturing.

"We grow food not bait"


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