detritus worms as food?

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detritus worms as food?

Post by pollypuff » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:19 pm

So I was culling my cherry shrimp this morning (culling = happy puffer) and noticed a lot of detritus worms in the soil. This doesn't really surprise me because I hardly ever gravel vac in this tank because of the shrimplings and it has a heavy plant load. My question - is it safe to feed these to my red-eye puffer? I'm just wondering if I'm sitting on another food source he would enjoy.
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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by El Scorpio » Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:56 pm

I wouldn't for the simple fact that a pufferfish's natural diet is crustaceans, not worms. I don't imagine they would hurt him (unless it's a bristle worm!); there's simply healthier things he could be eating.

Besides, what would you rather eat - a lobster tail or a... 'detritus' eater. ;)

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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by scpion » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:17 am

Well, a lobster is a detritus eater.. :lol:
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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by Welch4 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:37 pm

scpion wrote:Well, a lobster is a detritus eater.. :lol:
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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by sgtmyers88 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:37 am

Ouch
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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by pollypuff » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:12 pm

LOL - touche! I gave him some anyway since general consensus is that they aren't harmful. He ate them right up! I believe in giving my puffers as varied a diet as possible so he gets snails, live cherry shrimp culls, frozen bloodworms, frozen mysis shrimp, frozen mosquito larvae and sometimes live daphnia. Detritus worms won't be a regular part of his diet but I'd rather he eat them then sending them down the drain.

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Re: detritus worms as food?

Post by Boku88 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:48 pm

Try testing if he would eat detritus worms. If he does then they would make good holiday/vacation food for the puffers.

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