Using Waxworms as feeders?

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29 May 2010 11:37 #1 by Sofiztikated (Kenny Gibson)
Hi all.

Question to those with more knowledge than me.

Can I use waxworms as a food for fish?

I use waxworms as a food for my Madagascar Day Gecko, and was wondering, would it be ok to use some as food for my Asain Bumblebee catfish?

As I mentioned in another post, my LFS closed, I have no access to frozen bloodworms now, and I'm not too keen on trying my hand at culturing them, if it is even possible.

Any ideas? Or even suggestions as to what I can feed him now? He does eat algae wafers, but I'd like to give him something else, to supplement his diet, rather than only use these wafers.

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29 May 2010 12:20 #2 by JohnH (John)
I would be wary of using them, apart from an occasional 'treat' - assuming the fish will eat them.
My suggestion would be to buy small worms - sold as Anglers' bait in tackle shops, chopped smaller if necessary.
If you take them from the peat they will be sold in you should put them in either damp newspaper, or better still, moss, and they will quickly dispose of all the undesirable detritus etc from their digestive system then be ready to feed to your Fish.
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29 May 2010 13:32 #3 by dar (darren curry)
Sofiztikated wrote:

I have no access to frozen bloodworms now, and I'm not too keen on trying my hand at culturing them, if it is even possible.

ive a load of them in my pond but the hour it's taking me to fish out one feed and then making sure they are clean is a right put off. but if you where 2 do it correctly i'm sure it's not so hard

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29 May 2010 14:12 - 29 May 2010 14:27 #4 by JohnH (John)
Of course, another option would be to make a White Worm culture:

www.irishfishkeepers.com/cms/component/o.../catid,562/id,71928/
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29 May 2010 14:19 #5 by dar (darren curry)
that link didn't work 4 me John, but where do you get the starter culture?

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29 May 2010 14:30 #6 by JohnH (John)
Thanks for letting me know Darren,
There is an issue I have to resolve regarding 'ghost' threads - and that was one of them!!!

I have emailed an English seller to see how much he will charge to post starter cultures here, if it's not unreasonable I will let you know.

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