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Old 02-29-2012, 05:30 PM   #1 
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Feeding frozen bloodworms - clear/white vs red

Question for those of you who feed your betta frozen bloodworms:

I have the Hikari flat-packed frozen bloodworms. They appear bright red in the package. I crush the end of it (still frozen) into small pieces and pick out a few to feed - all bright red, I discard any brownish ones. I leave them to thaw and they "melt" into worms in a red liquid (the color leaches into the liquid). I add a little tank water to heat them up more and a lot of the red color dissolves in the water. When I drop them in the tank, they almost look clear.

Is this normal? How do you feed frozen bloodworms, and how many do you feed?
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #2 
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I use cubes, and I thaw them out enough to pick up individual worms with tweezers. Then I just swish the worm in the water and my Betta nabs it. Sometimes, I make him work for it a litte bit. :D
I usually give him 3-4, sometimes 5 - depends on the size of the worm.
I do the same thing with brine shrimp cubes.
He wouldn't eat anything when I got him unless it moved so I started hand feeding him, and I've just kept doing it because we have fun.
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that is exactly what I to do. I had to start using tweezers bacause I couldn't get them anywhere near my face. Seriously I start to puff up and sneeze and cough.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #4 
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Do yours turn clear/translucent in the water?
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #5 
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Do yours turn clear/translucent in the water?
No, because I feed the whole worm. It's a nasty blood red icky thing that my husband doesn't want to touch. Hahaha wimp. ;)
Some of the squished and cut pieces are whitish. The blood gets squeezed out.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #6 
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The blood comes out of them, especially when you cut pieces up, and it just flows out which is why they leech red into the water sometimes. I usually feed them right before a water change so I get the extra gunk out right away.
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Woot! I didn't crush the pieces so small this time and I got full (non-broken) bloodworms... they kept their color. Thanks for the advice!
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