Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby Philsuma » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:58 pm

It would be easy to raise 4-6 Aphid cultures in a humidity controlled aquarium, wouldn't it ?

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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby RichFrye » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:35 pm

Move the decimal point a couple times and you have my interest.
Darts with parasites are analogous to mixed tanks, there are no known benefits to the frogs with either.


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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby Philsuma » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:00 pm

yeah, that would be cool to try for 20-30 of bangin' cx's at one time - to see what kind of feeder effect you could have on the entire collection. I'm going to give em a try at some point, just to see how I do with them.

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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby DrNick » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:19 am

It's possible that humidity could be an issue, but to be honest I've never had much of a problem with it. Usually the problems are temperature - too high = poor quality wilting plants and very few aphids, or cultures only produce one yielld, or too many peas added to a culture/too wet culture = rotten peas and a bad smell.

15C, moist but not wet tissue paper at the bottom and a single layer of peas and you can't go wrong. Should get two good yields from a culture each of more biomass than you would get from similar sized mel culture.

(I'm not lobbying for the pea-grower's alliance by the way - just putting the info out there for anyone who wants to try!!)

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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby RichFrye » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:02 am

DrNick wrote:...

(I'm not lobbying for the pea-grower's alliance by the way - just putting the info out there for anyone who wants to try!!)

Nick



But maybe you are a lobbyist against American pea-growers and hope we all start producing these little terrors to quash our much needed pea production here Dr. Nick. If that is your real name. :lol:
Darts with parasites are analogous to mixed tanks, there are no known benefits to the frogs with either.


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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby DrNick » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:39 am

Busted....

Remember the spinach salmonella thing? He he he..... I'll have to try again with BSE some time - you guys were right onto that ;-)

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Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Postby RichFrye » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:53 am

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Darts with parasites are analogous to mixed tanks, there are no known benefits to the frogs with either.


If tone is more important to you than content, you are at the wrong place.

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