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I was wondering if anyone has ever used or bred drain flies Clogmia albipunctata . There larvae are comparable to bloodworms and I suspect cultivation of these guys would be easier, but that's an experiment I haven't go around to yet.
 

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"Because of the extremely fine water-repellent hairs covering their bodies, adult drain flies are difficult to drown, and are not affected by contact with most water-borne toxins such as bleach" - wikipedia



Are these things digestable?
 

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I had an accidental infestation in the water catch of one of my worm bins earlier this year. I did feed the larvae to some of my juveniles with no problems. They were gross though. The water they liked was stagnant nasty puddle quality and while I'd get some in other tanks (they were all over the house and breeding anywhere I had standing water) they really just like that nasty puddle most. So rinsing them took forever and I never got enough to actually replace the blackworms/bloodworms I was using. I was not trying to actively cultivate them though.
 

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Interesting. I was planning on culturing them like blackworms, with the paper towel method. I have read the adults are nectar feeders, so I was hoping to use a sugar water and a cotton ball. In addition to using the larvae for caduates, I have plans for using them as a clean up crew for shallow water features in dart frog tanks.
 
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