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Re: freeze-dried bloodworms as killie food
Joe Bulterman wrote:
> San Francisco Bay Brand and yes I have sinus and other allergies.
> Bloodworms and cats and me don't mix.
This brings up an interesting point. [The brand makes no difference, BTW. It
is the bloodworms themselves. Betta folks have been heavier users, so this
thread is pretty old stuff to them.]
The interesting thing was the discovery that some well-known brands of
frozen (not freeze dried) bloodworms were killing fish. Of the major brands,
SF Bay Brand and Hikari are two I'm comfortable with. They exercise very
tight quality control at the production sites, mostly in Asia.
Others allow buckets of solid worms to die in the sun and start to rot
before freezing them. It takes little time in the tropics for toxic products
to build up in the buckets. It's just the old "Mayonaise at the picnic"
problem. The results can kill your fish, so avoid off-brand frozen
bloodworms and smell the product (unless allergic) before feeding to your
fish. Even the good brands can be mistreated in the store, so be sure the
package is smooth and flat and doesn't have big re-freeze bubbles.
Like any really rich food, some care needs to be used that the product is
fresh and safe.
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