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Josh Hansen
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)3:17    Post subject: Feeding Reply with quote

Does feeding meal worms or other insects pollute the fish tank a lot?

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kjh90
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it will only pollute the tank if they don't eat it and they stay on the bottom for several days.
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Tim McDonnell
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)16:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. Do not keep insects at the bottom of the tank for too long. Some species of fish eat insects. Like African Butterflies and Archer fish.
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)19:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, another added concern with meal worms (which I believe is another name for Tubifex- somebody correct me if I'm wrong) and insects is that they can carry parasites and bacteria that can cause your fish problems.

If you can get them from a source which is verifiably clean, then as an occasional treat it might not be an altogether bad thing. Still, if you want to feed live foods regularly, brine shrimp are typically the safest way to go.
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Fishkeeper55
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PostPosted: 2005.05.03(Tue)15:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

benedictj wrote:
Also, another added concern with meal worms (which I believe is another name for Tubifex- somebody correct me if I'm wrong) and insects is that they can carry parasites and bacteria that can cause your fish problems.

If you can get them from a source which is verifiably clean, then as an occasional treat it might not be an altogether bad thing. Still, if you want to feed live foods regularly, brine shrimp are typically the safest way to go.


Here to correct you, mealworms are frequently fed to Geckos and Bearded Dragons, and are much larger then tubflex worms.

http://mamma.com/Mamma?qtype=0&query=meal+worms
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.05.03(Tue)15:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fishkeeper55 wrote:
Here to correct you, mealworms are frequently fed to Geckos and Bearded Dragons, and are much larger then tubflex worms.


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nukri
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PostPosted: 2005.05.04(Wed)14:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tubifix vs. mealworms

Tubifix live in sewages and are therefore quite gross. But its only in your mind, not for fish. there is a specific ritual on what to do before you feed live tubifix to your fish. If you follow that, I have not seen any other worm-type live food that fish like more than tubifix. Curiously, I also have whole bunch of different freeze-dried foods and the tubifix is least prefered.

Mealworms, while not at all tubifix and looking quite nice, are actually more problematic than tubifix: fewer fish eat them than tubifix and you should only use them sparingly as they have very high fat content.
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