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RE: KillieTalk Digest V3 #1440
In my experience fish predation and limitation of available food keeps the
worm population from ever reaching sufficient mass to kill the fish. I once
had a carpet of tubifex worms in a tank with a small black arowana (sp?)
They were happily filtering the water (feeding) and the effect was actually
very sharp. I had pink and purple worms in a salt water tank which ran fine
for several years they did a nice job of churning the gravel. And I still
get populations of white or grindel worms in my tanks from time to time
without a problem. I feed my Riv Agilae about once a week and they munch the
grindle worms off the glass bottom whenever they get hungry. I feed again
when the worms are almost gone. The only real concern I have ever had is
"What if the worms were all to die off at the same time?" So far this has
On the other hand I was not actually recommending that Baron inoculate his
gravel and start a culture. Your method of feeding a few worms at a time is
certainly going to get the job done. I had only intended to point out that
if a few worms do get into the gravel there is no reason to panic. Just
because I have never had a problem with worms does not mean that someone
else might not. But IMHO chances are that in a tank with active healthy
killies there are not going to be any problems.
From: owner-killietalk at aka_org [mailto:owner-killietalk at aka_org]On Behalf Of
ClayCrawford56 at aol_com
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 7:09 PM
To: killietalk at aka_org
Subject: Re: KillieTalk Digest V3 #1440
Overfeeding your fish on blackworms is one of the worst things you can do.
All the worms that are living in your gravel are the equivalent of having
fish in your small tank utilizing oxygen and creating their own waste.
Things will be fine for awhile, but eventually you will have all kinds of
The best way to feed black worms is to take 5 or 6 worms, and chop them up
with a razor blade. Then rinse them off with water in a brine shrimp net.
Now they are ready to feed to your fish. Drop one or two pieces in the tank
until the fish realize it is food, once they get use to it they will
jump out of the tank into the net to get your chopped worms. Resist the
to overfeed. More fish are killed by kindness then neglect. Except in my
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