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Re: Cat chow for grindals?
This is off topic, but as a veterinarian, I will reply.
My take on these postings is that they are from the fringe. If you buy
reputable brand pet foods you are getting good stuff. If you buy cheap
generic stuff, well, you get what you pay for. Good quality pet foods
provide better balanced diets than we used to feed in the days before they
were a "multi-billion dollar business". In the early days of my career in
veterinary medicine one of the most common diseases we saw was caused by
calcium-phosphorus imbalances in meat based diets. We virtually never see
that any more.
My sister insists on feeding her dogs cassaroles that she cooks for him. He
is a beagle and weighs at least twice what he should. I keep trying to
convince her that she should feed him a small cup of good dog chow twice a
day. I will be in Australia in a few weeks but don't expect to find the
dog's diet has changed.
People like to talk about feeding their animals "natural" diets and
complain that pet foods contain offal. Do they know what the natural diet
of similar animals in the wild are? They eat the whole kill, guts, lungs,
everything. And don't get me started about dogs' attraction for horse
manure, but it does contain lots of vitamins.
To get this back on topic and back to grindal worms: I feed my grindal
worms on good quality kitten food, which is supplemented with vitamins,
including vitamin C, trace minerals, etc. The grindal worms do
fantastically well on it, with high productivity and my opinion is that the
worms are gut loaded with those supplements, which are good for my fish.
Fish have an absolute requirement for vitamin C and I like to think I am
providing it in their diet.
A final comment about grindal worm cultures: Based on comments by others
here I have tried using Walmart's worm bedding as the culture medium. I
don't know what's in it. It obviously has a lot of peat, but I suspect also
finely shredded bark or even finely shredded wood. At any rate, I have been
impressed. It does not compact as much as my previous peat/potting soil
mix, which helps to prevent the cultures getting anaerobic. What impresses
me most is how clean the worms are. I can harvest lots of worms with hardly
any "dirt". I can often pick globs of clean white grindal worms right off
the surface of the culture. I recommend trying it.
At 02:25 AM 3/11/03 +0800, you wrote:
>I was about to add variety to the grindal's diet when my diggin' around
>brought this up;
>hmm... wonder what's in trout chow... maybe I should just stick to
>rolled Quaker oats...
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