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Molds insects on the reservoir of wicking beds?

Since there will always be water in the reservoir of the wicking container, is it possible more molds and mosquito to breed in it? Do we have to replace the water regularly?

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Re: Molds insects on the reservoir of wicking beds?

It's a good idea to keep mosquitoes out by blocking holes with screen-type material. Another way to control them is using Bti in the water -- one commercially available product in the US is Mosquito-bits/dunks but there are others. If you are using a separate larger reservoir with siphon or another way of supplying the container's reservoir, you can put fish in the larger reservoir. I use goldfish and minnows because they are winter hardy here, but they sell "mosquito fish" in the warmer climates.

Algae will grow in the water. Is that what you mean?
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Re: Molds insects on the reservoir of wicking beds?

Oh yes thanks for the idea. My son use to have small fishes 1 to 2 inches, that feeds on algae. I don't know what fish was that but they seem to be happy when there's a lot of algae and of course mosquito larvea. I think he said creek guppies.

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