Live food specialists for cultures, information and supplies.




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grindal worms
micro worms
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white worms

flour beetles
   salt water
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The Bug Farm
San Rafael, CA 94903  USA

2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, J.Atchison

Providing ongoing information on nutrition and application of live foods.

"Life Begins with Live Food"

We specialize in information on live food for tropical and native fishes, frogs, newts, salamanders, birds and small herps, supplying live food, along with starters, kits and supplies for growing your own.

Do you have a finicky critter that doesn't seem to want to eat? You might have a picky Betta, or perhaps you are trying to induce a group of Apistogramma to spawn. Are your Dart Frogs not spawning? Did that salamander spawn and you don't know what to do? Do you want to add variety to your herps diet? Do you need worms, grubs and flies for your newts? Whether you are you new to the live food culture game, a research facility or an experienced and advanced hobbyist, whatever your situation, we would appreciate the opportunity to help you.

Live in an apartment in Manahattan? No problem. We have spent significant time developing tools to grow small cultures in close quarters.(including fruit fly cultures, Grindal Worms and Vinegar Eels among others).

Panicking about that science fair project? No problem. We love to work with students and parents...even at the last minute.

Live food cultures are not our only interest. Every since he was a little guy, Jim's parents let him bring home the local wild life...lizards, toads, frogs, birds and salamanders. Most of us settle on a genus or's fish for Jim. We are primarily fish geeks...and we do witness a large number of spawns each year, but we also work with a significant and wide variety of fish (livebearers, Bettas, Killifish, Corydoras and more) over the course of the season. We also keep newts and frogs to help us with hands on experiences in feeding.

Because of our unique approach, we are able to gain a wide variety of experiences regarding the appropriate application of live foods. Our core foods for fish have been Grindal worms, whiteworms, vinegar eels and microworms but we have had some stellar response by using fruit flies, flour beetles and paramecium (among others).

Some animals need live food simply for survival. But it's the conditioning for spawning and breeding and the survival of the young where the application of live food cultures can have it's largest impact on all species.

Fish such as Killifish can produce more eggs when conditioned on live foods, upwards of 50% more in some of our semi-scientific studies (if you see Jim walking around town with yellow fingers you know he's been doing one of his imfamous egg counting sessions again). Some fry (like Apistrogramma or other Cichlids for example) seem to be attracted by the motion of live foods. We have found that some fish like Corydoras do well on worms and that their fry take an early likely to microworms and Grindal worms. Other animals, especially those F0 and wild caught individuals may not recognize anything other than live as a food at all.

We have put together a food comparison chart for fish. But if you are a little overwhelmed and confused by the choices of live foods and if the fish chart doesn't help you and you have questions about the applicable live foods for your situation you can either email us or call us.

Always feel free to contact us with questions about live food cultures or live foods in general and how you might be able to improve your chances of success by using them.

"We Grow Food...Not Bait!"


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