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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding fish meal worms

This is more of an after thought because I have given my fish meal worms before which they enjoyed, but I thought I should just check to be sure.

Is it safe/healthy to feed meal worms to fish.I raise my own so I'm not to worried about chemicals or anything.

Another question- what is the best way to feed the meal worms to the fish. I've tired 2 ways cutting them in half, which I did when I first gave my late betta Jesus R.I.P a meal worm (I held it with tweezers to he could suck the insides out), and I have also just thrown the worm into the tank which I did when I tried them with cichlids, as soon as the worms were found they were eaten.

I also did the say yesterday with my South American tank. I gave them a small meal worm (This poor little guy pictured here). Someone sucked half his insides out.

And my last question should they be gut loaded? Right now they eat potato and carrots and wheat bran should I be gut loading them with something out specifically to feed fish?


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Mealworms have a really hard exoskeleton, so I'd be nervous feeding them to smaller fish or fish with weaker jaws.

You could add some fish food in their container to gutload them .

I've fed a lot of feeder insects to my fish, but never mealworms because they're so hard. But you have cichlids, so I'm sure they're fine with them, haha.

In the U.S. there's a mealworm shortage right now anyways, so I haven't even bought them in a loong time =/.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, their exoskeleton is what I was worried about, the cichlids (they get re homed) got through it no problem, and with Jesus I cut it in half where then he just sucked the insides out, and seemed to have fun doing it .

I'm guessing something in my tank know was able to eat it because its not there anymore.

There is a shortage something about the food being bad. I had a hard time finding meal worms here too. But know I have my own personally supply

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