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The biggest concern with tubifex is the source of the pollution. If the water
is contaminated with human sewage one risks catching any one of many waterborne
diseases. Therefore as a general rule you should practice care in handling them
to avoid contact and be sure to wash your hands well with disinfecting soap and
water when finished, avoiding any oral contact until then such as smoking or
eating. I think the tubifex from the sheep pasture pond should be reasonably
safe to handle. Of course several rinses to remove the mud and to seperate the
worms will avoid adding excess matter to your aquarium. In the worst case I
doubt any harm will come to your fish since these human diseases probably do not
affect them. If you have turtles as pets be aware that salmonella is often
carried by them. Since tubifex may come with that bacteria this risk may extend
to your fish.
> Innes also mentions that these worms are also found in pretty filthy
> water conditions. Where did you find yours? I know there has been a
> discussion within the past few months about the safety of feeding these
> worms, but I don't think a consensus was reached.
mine were found in somewhat filthy conditions. It is a drainage pond on
a sheep pasture. It is a small pond and the volume of sheep is low. I
best of luck !
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