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Old 09/17/2010, 07:03 AM   #26
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Curious what you and others think of my approach as a viable way to keep the worms in mass.
Well Paul B has been doing it a long time and his approach works well; I am in progess getting started with this as he does it. Your approach is theoretical. Why reinvent when you can copy?


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:06 AM   #27
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I just got some H2O 50/50 mix in that has brine, mysis and black worms in it
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blood worm is insect larvae, so unless you are in Asia, you don't typically buy those live
Pretty sure "H2O brand 50/50 mix" means frozen food... not really sure how you'd mix all that together as live food. Maybe I'm wrong though


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:10 AM   #28
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Pretty sure "H2O brand 50/50 mix" means frozen food... not really sure how you'd mix all that together as live food. Maybe I'm wrong though
Yes, that brand is frozen (which probably precludes black worms). Don't you sleep?


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:16 AM   #29
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Yes, that brand is frozen (which probably precludes black worms). Don't you sleep?
Best thing about my schedule is I finish work at 3pm.

And I will be buying blackworms today right after that, since the LFS here gets them in today. Nice fresh, fat, and squirmy!


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:17 AM   #30
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I have been using them all my life, and I'm old.
Ah, be careful about using pejoratives such as "old". What WE are is "experienced".


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:24 AM   #31
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Best thing about my schedule is I finish work at 3pm.

And I will be buying blackworms today right after that, since the LFS here gets them in today. Nice fresh, fat, and squirmy!
Ah, I finish work right after I fix breakfast!! And who are you calling "Nice fresh, fat, and squirmy!"?


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Old 09/17/2010, 07:37 AM   #32
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I tried them in my reef tank a few years back when I was having trouble getting a Venusus to eat....nothing in my tank touched them! Just the bristle worms came out for them. Havent tried in years but my fish are kinda spoiled with the spectrum 3 times a day and PE once!


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Old 09/17/2010, 08:01 AM   #33
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I tried them in my reef tank a few years back when I was having trouble getting a Venustus to eat....nothing in my tank touched them! Just the bristle worms came out for them. Haven't tried in years but my fish are kinda spoiled with the spectrum 3 times a day and PE once!
IME fish are often kind of spooked by them. They don't really look like anything we normally feed. But once they try them once, they are usually hooked.


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Old 09/17/2010, 09:08 AM   #34
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I have been telling people about these for 40 years. I use them every day and invented a worm keeper to keep them alive in. I don't like to put them in the fridge



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Old 09/17/2010, 09:13 AM   #35
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Ah yes, that is what I meant. (but I have amphipods older than most members here)


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Old 09/17/2010, 10:06 AM   #36
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Does anyone know the nutritional value of them?


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Old 09/17/2010, 10:16 AM   #37
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Well Paul B has been doing it a long time and his approach works well; I am in progess getting started with this as he does it. Your approach is theoretical. Why reinvent when you can copy?

My idea is not something that I completely came up with, but it is rather something I got from postings on the web from others who have kept the worms this way with gravel. My only change would be instead of using gravel I would use bioballs or other biomedia so as to provide biofiltration. The only reason I would go my route is it seems a bit easier to make than having a trought and a pump going to feed the trough. As far as harvesting difficulties, I would think the jar approach I posted could solve that issue. I like Paul's way of doing it, I just like an easier approach than having to design the trought and return. Also, unlike Paul, I will not be doing this in a garage or the like, but I will be keeping these worms in a spare bedroom inside. As such, I want an approach that is not going to be messy with water spashing, etc.



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Does anyone know the nutritional value of them?
I scoured various FW boards and discus forums, but never found any hard numbers...


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I have no idea but I do know they are full of the correct oil that fish need. All of the fish I have ever gotten to breed including my still breeding gobies and fireclowns were conditioned with blackworms. I also got blue devils to spawn in 1972 using blackworms.
My fish keep in breeding condition with the addition of blackworms almost every day.


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I scoured various FW boards and discus forums, but never found any hard numbers...
I'm wondering if it depends on the "freshness" and what they're fed before/after purchase by a hobbyist. In other words, can you "gut load" them by feeding something nutritional before adding to your tank?

Though, Paul's obvious success feeding them on paper towels kind of throws that theory out the window.


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Where are the banana chips when you need them!?

I'm surprised a place like this doesn't spend some money to have the analysis done...
http://www.aquaticfoods.com/worms.html


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IME fish are often kind of spooked by them. They don't really look like anything we normally feed. But once they try them once, they are usually hooked.

Ah yes - fish heroin

What are the advantages to keeping them in your fridge or on a counter? It seems both Peter and twelvejewelz get about 2.5 or 3 weeks out of them.

Do you have to rinse more doing one or the other?


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Best thing about my schedule is I finish work at 3pm.

And I will be buying blackworms today right after that, since the LFS here gets them in today. Nice fresh, fat, and squirmy!

SD GUy... What LFS carries them?
I have yet to find on here int he OC that does... so I may have to head down south (heading to Oceanside on Sunday anyway).


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Ah yes - fish heroin

What are the advantages to keeping them in your fridge or on a counter? It seems both Peter and twelvejewelz get about 2.5 or 3 weeks out of them.

Do you have to rinse more doing one or the other?
My guess would be simple metabolism: faster when warmer, slower when colder. So, it would stand to reason that their nutritional content would decrease slower, in the fridge, than ifon the countertop. Also, I would assume they produce waste slower when cold, so the water won't get dirty as quickly. But as Paul pointed out, you can't feed them in the fridge either.


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I'm wondering if it depends on the "freshness" and what they're fed before/after purchase by a hobbyist. In other words, can you "gut load" them by feeding something nutritional before adding to your tank?

Though, Paul's obvious success feeding them on paper towels kind of throws that theory out the window.
I just wonder even about this. Live brine is often used to get fish feeding too, and is an empty diet, even when gut loaded, for all but juvenile fish. Dont get me wrong, I love blackworms, and do feed them. I just dont know if theyre the elixir of life that may be construed from this conversation.

Besides, they are especially wonderful when then get out of the container in the fridge and end up on your pizza below. Dont ask me how I know that.


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Besides, they are especially wonderful when then get out of the container in the fridge and end up on your pizza below. Dont ask me how I know that.
Never use a container with corners. Don't ask me how I know that.


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I think I am going to try my hand at them again (since I now know the whole rising thing) really stunk last time

Besides, never hurts to stop by Vet Pets on my way home and see what new fishies they have

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Shelly, I just keep a 1g jug of RO/DI water in the fridge next to them. It's best to rinse them with same temperature water, IME. Just be sure to refill the jug as needed so that you have cold water ready to go next time you rinse them. I keep them in a large plastic tub (like the kind you get with potato salad at the grocery store). Works well for up to 10 portions. Any more than that, and I'd definitely recommend a larger container.


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Thanks Peter. Chris just got a new batch in today so I will stop on my way home and pick some up there. My fishes and corals will be so happy.


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Another noticed by product of using these to feed LPS as well. My freaking annoying cleaner shrimp would always pilfer mysis dropped on my LPS. Didn't matter how much I spot feed him, he's always interested in ripping mysis straight out of the polyps of my acans and scolys. The cleaner isn't interested in blackworms at all, allowing me to feed my LPS without having to chase him off with my turkey baster every few minutes.


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