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Worms
January 24, 2014
11:09 pm
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mikev
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Does anyone know what this may be?

http://rainbow-fish.org/fishpic/redworms.jpgImage Enlarger

These worms live in the substrate in one of the hillstream tanks and the fish either does not eat them or cannot eat all of them. I wonder just what this is and if this can be cultivated and fed to fish. I'll try to cultivate them as grindal worms, but actually they are not grindals: they are larger (2x?) and red in color. On the photo white lines are fiber (I did set up a grindal-like dish) but light red worms can be seen, red clumps contain many worms (somehow they clump together).

Should I be brave enough to try feeding them to fish? (I guess killies or cory fry).

January 25, 2014
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Have you ever fed California blackworms? Look a bit like the young I find with water changes.

January 25, 2014
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Never -- only balitorids in the tank. I don't think I ever fed anything live to this tank. And I think these worms are adults, at least I never saw larger ones.

January 25, 2014
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They remind me of "microfex", which is a Dero species.

January 25, 2014
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Seems like a good match -- tyvm!

I googled around to find that someone else reports finding them accidentally in tank water... funny the title of this thread is "Microfex Worms *the best live food out there*".

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