NANFA-L-- Live Culture Options

Jase Roberts (
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 23:11:12 -0500

Hi All,

I'm curious what live foods various NANFA folks are growing -- especially critters that would be big enough to feed to semi-adult sunfish and perch. I've tried a couple of red wiggler worm (Eisenia foetida) cultures with limited success. I have mealworms going now, but their life cycle seems too long for a high production rate without devoting quite a bit of space to it. They're rather hard-bodied, anyhow. I had great success with mosquito larvae last summer, but Vermont weather makes that an option for only 5 months or so (and they're a bit small for my fish now). Finally, I just picked up some California blackworms (Lumbriculus variegatus) that I might try to culture (though I see some folks don't feel it's worth the effort --

So... what are people out there raising as food? And if you have a system that works well for you, what is it?

Montpelier, Vermont
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