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Re: [Killietalk] Killietalk Digest, Vol 58, Blackworms
Black worms are anatomically ill suited for consuming anything but decaying matter. I seriously doubt they have the ability to harm a viable egg. I always end up with blackworms living in mops whenever I feed them to killies or in the peat moss used for annuals. In the latter case, they can contribute to fouling of the peat and subsequent spoiling of any eggs when the peat is dried so perhaps it is best not to use them for peat spawners. If you use containers for the peat, then this problem can be avoided.
I use a permanent set up for breeding dwarf Corydoras and worms are often in proximity to the Cory eggs but I have observed no problems. I just keep getting an ever growing herd of Dwarf Corys. Their eggs hatch in five days so that is not as much time as any killie but I have never noticed any decrease in eggs/fry with mop spawners.
One issue to be aware of is, if for any reason the tank is medicated or otherwise crashes, the black worms will contribute to the mess. Dead worms are among the worst smelling of all dead creatures.
------------Message: 4Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 05:08:06 -0700From: Wright Huntley <whuntley at verizon_net>Subject: Re: [Killietalk] ,Blackworms in your sandTo: killifish discussion list <killietalk at aka_org>Sue & Charles Harrison wrote:> Very interesting topic.>> I find the young worms in the top of my mops and it makes me wonder:>> "Do Black worms eat eggs?"> I have long suspected that they can, but it is a brute to prove it.> Do anyof you who feed the worms to mop spawning fish, killies, corys, > etc. find fewer eggs after feeding the worms. Is there any affect? > Is it offset by the superior production after the feeding?> I also suspect it is, but lack definitive proof.> Curious minds need to know . . .>> Charles H>> I'm with you Chas. I'd like to know for sure.Wright-- Elections are about one group attempting to vote itself a share of what the other group owns. Ron Paul doesn't talk about redistributing wealth on a massive scale, so he has no chance of getting elected.
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