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Old 10-19-2011, 03:23 PM   #11 
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I raise/house blackworms to use for my wild bettas as they prefer live food, and I prefer knowing the conditions my worms are housed in.

I just use an unheated 2 gallon tank with about an inch of gravel at the bottom. I use a small internal filter for oxygenation and throw in all my decaying Indian Almond Leaves for the blackworms to feed on.

I do a couple of water changes a week using water from my cycled tank and throw in some NLS flakes every so often. The worms can go through a surprising amount of mulm and leaves in a week.

So far fingers crossed, I have not had a single case of dropsy caused by feeding blackworms. Plus it's a guarantee I'll find my wilds' spawning after a good feed of them.
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:31 PM   #12 
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I believe dropsy is more linked to brown worms than black worms. Although Linda Olson gave me some antibiotics when I told her I was feeding my fish black worms...I never had a problem with them. In fact juvie bettas LOVE them...I can only imagine how the wilds are.
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:35 PM   #13 
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I think dropsy is caused more by the conditions some of the worms are housed in. I know some people are very against feeding live worms of any kind.

Unfortunately, all my albimarginata pair will eat is blackworms and frozen brine shrimp. However, they are thriving and have already spawned three times now. I keep finding all these fry in the main tank on top of those already in the breeder's net. I guess there goes my nice 30 gallon I wanted to use for some natives
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I love live food...heck all my bettas ate were bugs all summer long and they did great out there!
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:25 PM   #15 
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Wow thanks for this!! I always drive 45 minutes away to the local fish store to buy my black worms, I had no idea they were so easy to cultivate! I am gonna try this out for myself. How quickly do they reproduce?
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:36 AM   #16 
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I thought black worms were like tubifex (google pictures). But I was wrong. they look much bigger and are apparently easier to keep.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:21 AM   #17 
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Wow thanks for this!! I always drive 45 minutes away to the local fish store to buy my black worms, I had no idea they were so easy to cultivate! I am gonna try this out for myself. How quickly do they reproduce?

No clue how fast they reproduce but i usually do 1 time feeding each week or every other week and still finds alot of them in their. The more you feed them the more they will reproduce base on the info i found online. I dont feed mine alot. Once in a while i just feed them shrimp pellets and raw meat.
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No clue how fast they reproduce but i usually do 1 time feeding each week or every other week and still finds alot of them in their. The more you feed them the more they will reproduce base on the info i found online. I dont feed mine alot. Once in a while i just feed them shrimp pellets and raw meat.
Thanks for this info!! I have never had a sick fish turn down black worms. They are like candy for fish LOL.
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Another plus is the black worms would be safier if you breed them urself and petstore black worms are expensive for a little bag and they also tend to have tons of dead one.
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