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>Blackworms can't take that treatment apparently, as the oxygen levels may
>get too low for them when their tails can't reach the surface for
>I keep them in shallow worm keepers in the refrigerator, and change water
>every other day.
Wright - In theory I buy the idea that blackworms need to be able to get
their tails to the surface for breathing. I always find if I keep them in
water that is more than 1"-2" they die off quicker. Yet, I have found them
thriving in full sized aquariums in the gravel months after they were fed to
the fish. Drives the cory's crazy digging them all out eventually.
By the same token, I have had what looked like equally good bags of
blackworms live for 2 weeks (all fed by then) or all dead the next day, kept
under the same conditions. As much as the fish love blackworms and the
incredible spawning and perkiness of the fish when fed blackworms, they
remain one of the most frustrating foods I buy. One batch (1 - 2 lbs) lives
until all fed to the fish, the next batch is that incredible stinking mess
the next day. When I get a couple of pounds in, I alway split them into 3-4
5 gallon buckets, a inch or so of water, and an air stone. Change the water
at least once a day. Still at least one of the buckets will be disgusting
the next day, while the bucket right beside it goes and goes and goes.
Blackworms for me are the food I love to hate, yet I get them every
opportunity. Cory's conditioned on frozen brine shrimp lay half the eggs the
same cory's fed blackworms for 3-4 days will. Killies that won't spawn will
with a bunch of blackworms.
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