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- To: live-foods at actwin_com
- Subject: fish food
- From: "David W. Webb" <dwebb at ti_com>
- Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 17:33:20 -0600
- Conversation-Id: <220.127.116.11.19971211174410.0079c7b0 at mail_netidea.com>
- In-Reply-To: <18.104.22.168.19971211174410.0079c7b0 at mail_netidea.com>
I'm forwarding a whole bunch of live-food related messages from the
killifish list. I've done my best to get permission on these and if I post
something without permission, I apologize. Some of the postings will be
delayed because I don't have permission from everyone yet.
Forwarded message follows:
From: Cal <cal at cka_org>
In a message dated 12/11/97 4:39:51 AM, you wrote:
I have been feeding tubifex, daphnia, black worms, glass worms and
hatched brine shrimp on a regular basis (depending on supply) for 30 +
As a consequence I have made these observations:
1) Killies do fine on just newly hatched brine shrimp, but egg
minimal. I am now experimenting with Sanders Total Gold 2 supplement.
2) Addition of tubifex to the daily diet of brine shrimp increases
production of killies - almost the next day!
3) Daphnia are a sort of treat which helps stimulate egg production
with brine shrimp, but not like tubifex.
4) Black worms are easier to get and keep, but I almost always have
experiences with fish dying unexplainedly after feeding black worms. Even
larger fish who can handle whole black worms and smaller fish that I chop
for have died after eating black worms. The incidence of this occurring is
small, and I forget ocassionally and feed black worms because I can't get
tubifex worms. It's always an irreplaceable fish that dies! The evidence
anecdotal but pretty convincing to me.
Sorry to hear that you have problems with blackworms. Obviously you have a
great number of years of experience.
The blackworm that I get is a black variety of the tubifex worm. Perhaps I
am not getting the same worm as you and others who have responded to my
statement. I believe my worms originally come from California, (if this
If would seem to me that feeding one type of tubifex would react in a
similar fashion to the other type.
Although I use white worms, I do not find that my fish eat them as readily
as they do the tubifex worm. I remember reading a study some time ago
which stated that the earthworm produced better results in relationship to
breeding than the white worm although I do not know why. Grindal worms on
the other hand are consumed much better than either of the others, but one
would have to grow much more than I can to feed the fish, due to their
An example of feeding blackworms ( my variety), I have raised several
annual species to 14 months of age.