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My compost bin is absolutely full of these larvae but I dont know if they are black or garden soldier flies.
Is there anyone on this list actually feeding these to their Jade Perch?
I introduced a few into my tank but the fish just mouthed them then spat them out.
I know a lot of fish eat them but cant find out if Jades do.
I'm loathe to just keep adding them on the off chance they will be eaten.
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I tried feeding them to Silver Perch and they also just spat them out, but if you have chickens, well they love them.

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Interesting thread so far. I know my Bluegill love these once they get big enough to eat them.


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Do you have a photo as I also have things in my worm farm munching away lol very loud eaters and I haven't seen what the larvae turn into.


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Not a good focussed shot but this is the black soldier fly
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and this is one of the large grubs
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According to the soldier fly blogs fish are supposed to love them, I've only tried a few but mine only mouthed them then spat them out.
Maybe dont feed for 4 or more days then try again.


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Most of the fish they are talking about are carnivorous fish I think, yours, not so much :dontknow: . That's one of the things that makes this interesting :D


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May be you should start with frozen blood worms first on your SPs and then move on to BSF or even meal worms. My fingerlings love blood worms. I buy them from aquarium shops and feed it to SP fingerlings. They love it.

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Thanks for the photos, they certainly look like the larvae I have in my worm farm I did try my sp with them before and although they did disappear I am not sure they were eaten.


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have a quick read, I want to do the BSFL as well.
http://www.ecofilms.com.au/jade-perch-t ... nics-fish/


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I feed lots of these to my Silver Perch. They will readily eat them if you cut them in half. It is a bit messy however the fish grow very fast on them. When I had 50 Silver Perch I would sometimes feed up to 200 BSF a day.

Just don't make BSFL their only food as it is not a complete diet.


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Ive had the same experience, when I feed BSFL without cutting the larvae in pieces my tilapia wont eat them. However when cut up in pieces it turns into a good old feeding frenzy. Probably when cut up, the smell is released into the water much better.

How much did the bsfl contribute to your total diet? I feed my tilapia now 30% bsfl and 70% pellet, but would like to increase the bsfl percentage as Im producing loads of them.

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