Dendroboard banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I had heard in the past people using fish flakes in their media .would the fish flakes add any value to the flies?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
222 Posts
not sure but that would be interesting and a pretty cheap advantage if that were the case...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19,318 Posts
I had heard in the past people using fish flakes in their media .would the fish flakes add any value to the flies?
Most fish flakes use a form of vitamin E called tocopherols as a method of preservation. Fruit flies are known to be able to uptake and store tocopherols to a significant enough level that it can disrupt the ability of the frogs to properly absorb vitamin A or vitamin D3.. so no it is not of value.

As a second issue, most fruit fly medias are already in the range of optimum protien content so the addition of extra protien can reduce the ability of the flies to survive in the media, and cause the cultures to smell.

Ed
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the feedback ! I had a feeling It was not much of a benefit, but wanted to see if anyone uses it .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,757 Posts
Fish flakes tend to mold pretty quickly in moist environments. That's good for springtails, not so good for fruit fly cultures.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top