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Live Wingless Drosophila Culture for Sale
Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit flies, are great for feeding various species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Measuring approximately 3 mm in length, Drosophila are convenient bite size food for various types of aquarium fish. Many tropical fish, especially top feeders, will appreciate Drosophila since insects consists of a large part of their diet in their natural environment. The ease of culturing and high nutritional value explains the widespread use of Drosophila in hobby fishkeeping and aquaculture. Wingless Drosophila allows ease of maintaining and feeding live fruit flies without escaping insects. A culture of Drosophila can produce an abundance of nutritious food on a continuous basis.Nutritional Value
- Protein: 71.8%
- Fat: 21.4%
- Minerals: 6.9%
Culturing Wingless Drosophila
Culturing Drosophila requires a container with a ventilated lid and a form of culture media. The ventilated openings on the culture container can be covered with a mesh material or a sponge in order to prevent the Drosophila from escaping. The culture media for fruit flies are readily available commercially. However, a simple oatmeal and yeast culture media can be used to culture the Drosophila as well. A moist culture media must be maintained to allow the reproduction cycle to continue. Optimum reproduction occurs at 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.