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Blood Worms Vs Tubifex Worm

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 12:39 am Post subject: Blood Worms Vs Tubifex Worm Reply with quote

 Live  feed!!!
 
 I  understand  that  tubifex  worms  are  a  sureshot  method  of  getting  in  parasites.
 
 I  see  that  a  lot  of  people  advocate  blood  worms.
 
 1.  Can  tubifex  worms  be  sterilized  properly?  If  yes,  how?
 2.  Do  blood  worms  need  to  be  sterilized  too?
 3.  How  much  good  does  meth.  blue  do,  if  it  does  any?
 4.  Someone  told  me  freezing  worms  in  the  freezer,  does  nothing  in  the  parasite  area.  Is  that  true?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 9:47 am Post subject: Re: Blood Worms Vs Tubifex Worm Reply with quote

                                                   
nytyn  wrote:                
Live  feed!!!
 
 I  understand  that  tubifex  worms  are  a  sureshot  method  of  getting  in  parasites.
 
 I  see  that  a  lot  of  people  advocate  blood  worms.
 
 1.  Can  tubifex  worms  be  sterilized  properly?  If  yes,  how?
 2.  Do  blood  worms  need  to  be  sterilized  too?
 3.  How  much  good  does  meth.  blue  do,  if  it  does  any?
 4.  Someone  told  me  freezing  worms  in  the  freezer,  does  nothing  in  the  parasite  area.  Is  that  true?                

 
 
 Nitin  your  understanding  is  perfect.
 
 Tubifex  can  be  sterilised  properly  by  first  washing  them  and  storing  them  in  a  5  liter  bottle  with  a  few  drops  of  methylene  blue  added  to  the  water.  Drop  in  an  air  stone.  Change  water  daily  and  feed  the  worms  to  your  fish  after  3  days.
 
 The  second  method  is  to  add  10  ml  Listerine  Mouth  wash  to  1  liter  of  water  drop  the  worms  in  wait  10  minutes  and  wash  the  worms  until  all  smell  of  listerine  vanishes.  Your  fish  will  have  good  breath.
 
 Blood  worms  do  not  need  to  be  sterilised  but  they  need  to  be  cleaned  very  well.
 
 Methylene  blue  is  effective  however  once  the  color  starts  fading  it  means  that  it  is  not  effective  any  more.
 
 The  above  should  help  but  if  they  are  not  enough  then  don't  blame  me.
 
 Freezing  worms  destroys  their  nutritional  value.  Whatever  nutrition  is  there  in  the  worms  is  in  the  fluid  in  them  -  water.  When  you  freeze  water  it  expands  and  the  worms  kinda  burst.  you  thaw  them  again  in  water  and  the  fluid  disperses  and  is  not  available  for  the  fish.  That  is  why  many  people  ask  you  to  enrich  frozen  food  with  a  few  drops  of  vitamins  before  feeding  the  fish.
 Unless  it  is  quick  shot  freezing  whereby  the  temparature  of  the  worms  is  brought  down  very  fast  in  a  few  seconds  I  don't  think  this  will  work.
 
 As  for  freezing  to  get  rid  of  parasites  never  tried  it  before  so  don't  know.
 
 All  said  and  done  this  is  the  Discus  forum  and  not  Live  Feed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:59 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 hey  
 
 why  dont  you  go  for  the  goat  heart  mix.
 
 thats  less  painfull  and  the  fish  love  it.
 
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 Or  the  Beef  heart+  Prawn+  spirulina  +  carrots  +  greens  +  vitamins  route
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:25 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Cant  blood  worms  carry  parasites?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 7:18 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Of  course  they  can...also  pesticides  and  assorted  chemicals
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 Nytyn:
 Why,  why,  why  do  you  want  to  hazard  an  out  break  of  disease?  But  hey,  it  takes  time  to  overcome  the  desire  to  feed  your  discus  live  food.  No  live  food  is  safe.  Period.  Abroad  you  have  these  Hikari  Bloodworms  that  are  triple  sterilized  using  irradiation  (good  heavens).  These  are  supposed  to  have  no  parasites  or  pathogens  in  them.  You  will  take  time,  but  why  wait.  A  goat,  pig,  beef  heart  mix  is  just  perfect  and  takes  care  of  all  nutritional  requirements  of  fish  that  don't  do  anything  more  strenuous  than  float  around  doing  nothing.  Just  forget  all  live  feed.  Some  discus  keepers  advocate  earthworms.  You  grow  them  at  home  and  feed  them.  You  can't  breed  them  in  the  quantities  your  discus  need  and  you  dont  want  your  home  or  backyard  converted  into  a  compost  pit.  Just  relax,  and  use  beef  heart  and  pellets  like  Tetra  bits  and  Azoo.
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 I  forgot  to  mention,  I  am  a  TetraBits  freak...  I  was  just  thinking  aloud  about  the  live  feed  thingie!!!!!
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