Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

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Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by leotheoandben » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:22 am

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New DP owner here. After a few trial and errors, I’ve finally set up a tank with three thriving DP’s. I feed them about 3-4 live bloodworms per day, while there are also multiple ramshorne snails in my tank breeding that they occasionally feed on.

I purchased my first bunch of live bloodworms about a week and a half ago and all had been going well, Until just recently. I opened my fridge today to find most of my bloodworms dead, and turned into a pale color. I change their (the bloodworm’s) water and rinse the worms once a day, and keep them in the fridge when it’s not feeding time.

1) Why are my bloodworms dying? How can I prevent this?

2) Is it safe to give my DP the bloodworms after they have died?

3) If my DP does not eat the dead bloodworm, it piles up in the bottom of my tank on the sand. Should I remove the remains from my tank or are the remains harmless?

Thank you in advanced!

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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by eieio » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:27 am

DO NOT FEED THEM DEAD WORMS!
dead worms decompose rapidly, the resulting bacteria may sicken or kill the fish, and the water will become polluted.
just out of curiosity, what are your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels?
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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by leotheoandben » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:31 am

My levels are all good, ammonia 0, nitrate 0, nitrate 0. There are some dead worms that my fish left on the bottom of the tank. Should I leave those there or take them out? Also, how can I prevent my bloodworms from dying so fast?

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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:07 pm

Bloodworms, tubifex or blackworms???

Absolutely, remove any uneaten food. What are you using to test the water? You should be showing some nitrate.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by leotheoandben » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:31 pm

I took my water to the LFS. I’m not 100% sure what the second nitrate was, but the first nitrate was 0, and ammonia was definitely 0.

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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:23 pm

You really need your own test kits.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by eieio » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:30 am

leotheoandben wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:31 pm
I took my water to the LFS. I’m not 100% sure what the second nitrate was, but the first nitrate was 0, and ammonia was definitely 0.
Pufferpunk wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:23 pm
You really need your own test kits.
be sure to get a good liquid teat kit such as from A.P.I.
they are inexpensive on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATER-8 ... i+test+kit
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Re: Feeding DP bloodworms after the worms died?

Post by eieio » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:36 am

what kind of worms do you have?
"bloodworms" are not worms, but larvae, and typically not sold live (ordinarily freeze dried or frozen).
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