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    Quote Originally Posted by CPlantaholic View Post
    that's way cheaper than i expected. i'll have to do another search in a few weeks.
    i may also try using a dilute orchid fertilizer mix after someone suggested that idea.
    anyone have experience with this?
    No CLEAR results, i diluted 1/4 tps in a gallon of water, I was afraid of making it to strong and burning the leaves, though I'm sure it did more harm then good there is no comparison to the beta food or fruit flies

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    thanks for the info. in that case, i may just stick to those, then.
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    Fruit flies are easy enough to breed. All you need are some jars, instant mashed potato mix, instant baby food cereal mix, sugar or molasses and yeast (baker's or brewer's), and something to put in the jars for the flies to crawl around on off the media. Some people use wide meshed fiberglass screen, excelsior (packing material), shredded coffee filter paper.

    Don't breed the winged ones unless you like bugs flying around. Some will escape.

    Just google "fruit fly recipes" or the like and you'll find dozens of hits.
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    good point. Why pay extra when you can make it pretty much for free.

    When you're taking them out of the container, do you gas them first, or do you just let them keep crawling around? We used a kind of sleeping gas in Biology class when dealing with fruit flies- granted most of them had wings. It seems like it would take more time to have to individually catch the guys crawling around, but i suppose if you have hundreds of them it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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    I'll never forget the time (2004) when WickedThistle wrote, "Want some fruitflies?" Somehow I didn't think this would fly by my wife....

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    Dr. Frankensnyder method (exact details unclear as I have not eye-witnessed the procedure): Trap flies between foam stopper and jar. Remove with tweezers. Separate abdomen from rest of body using thumbnail against finger. Feed abdomen to plants with tweezers. Discard the rest.

    Sprinkle method: Just sprinkle them on. Round up untrapped flies any way you can and repeat. Do this as far away as possible from any food sources so the strays will eventually starve.

    Stun/Kill Method: Sprinkle a number into another container, cover and stick in the freezer long enough to stun or kill the suckers. Sprinkle or feed with tweezers.
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    NaN-i really like that last method. Thanks again for the info!

    jim- well, i suppose it wouldn't "fly" by her, but if they're wingless, then i suppose it might slowly crawl by her.
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    Don't fish flakes and pellets contain salts and minerals that are good for fish but not so good for CP's??

    I've used dried bloodworms before for my pings and dews but have always been a little frightened of using for-fish type foods.

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