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Old 04-03-2012, 02:06 AM   #1 
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Are live foods a bad idea?

I have had one betta die from dropsy and another (they were in the sorority tank) who is now dying of it. I've read that feeding live foods can be a potential cause of dropsy. I feed all my fish and ADF live bloodworms. They LOVE them. But could it be possibly causing my betta to get sick and die? I'm also feeding my month old fry chopped live bloodworms.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:12 AM   #2 
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I hear that feeding live foods could possibly introduce internal parasites to your fish sometimes. I never heard of them causing dropsy though. 0-0 Where are you getting your bloodworms from? Do you rinse your worm supply daily? They can foal up fast and some may die and rot, which might cause bacterial infections. I'm not sure. Maybe you can rinse them out super good, and find a way to freeze them? Frozen foods are safer I'd say
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #3 
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i get them from my LFS but I've never rinsed them. My gma did but then they all died. Didnt seem like a good idea after that. If they are frozen will that kill off any kind of parasite? How does rinsing help? And how can I rinse them w/o killing them?
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #4 
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dropsy is caused from organs failing, and is usually an outcome of a disease or yes, parasite. Most fish stores are careful with their supply, but also depends on the worm. Black worms seem to be one of the top ones carrying diseases, I've found. I feed mine Mealworms which were meant for geckos and other reptiles and never had a problem. Frozen is the same as boiling.. it usually kills off anything living. Rinsing should be done with clean aquarium water (cup of water), rather than right from the tap, because chlorine will kill the worms, and live insects. Most insects will live during a quick swash.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:14 PM   #5 
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So will rinsing help at all? What would be the point in rinsing them?
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:46 PM   #6 
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Just the derbis. I rinse mine (which get their head chopped off....yuck!) to avoid the dirt from going into my tank. because I don't want it in there :/ lol.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:43 PM   #7 
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what can I do to avoid dropsy
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:41 PM   #8 
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Be careful where the supply comes from. Places like chain stores...ehh.....they get their stuff wholesale. Ask people who have reptiles and predator fish, that buy bugs, where they get them and if they recommend :)
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I've been contemplating feeding frozen, but I too don't want to introduce anything that might cause problems.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 AM   #10 
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The store here has the freezer. you open it, take what you need... I WAS going to get frozen bloodworms, which were closed packaged, as they were shipped that way... however the fridge was nasty, and the frozen snake foods were OPEN, and touching other stuff. For hygenic reasons I refuse to buy frozen there.
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