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everybody, everywhere keeps saying to use frozen bloodworms.. i was wondering the diffrence between frozen or freezdried.. and the pros and cons of each... ...
Well I have never used freeze dried but I do use frozen blood worms and brine shrimp. I was told the blood worms are needed to enhance colour specifically for my red tailed shark, but that they would all benefit from them. Once a week, I just pop a cube out of the pack, drop it into a little bowl of hot water, let them melt, stir with my finger to test the water temp and pour them in in batches. If any get stuck I dip the bowl into the tank for more water, swish and pour. Judging by the reaction and response I know they love the frozen kind. Hopefully someone can give you some info on the freeze dried ones.
The cons are storing the pack in the door of the freezer and taking time to thaw them out. I have never dropped a frozen cube into the tank, I think that would be a temp shock to fish around the cube. Hope this helps.
I don't like or use freeze dried foods because every ounce of moisture has been sucked out of them (some will say the nutrition also) and unless you REALLY hydrate freeze dried foods before feeding them, your fish can go nuts eating them, overeat and then they bloat in the gut. If they were the only option available to me I would use them, but I would soak them a good long time before feeding them to my fish. HTH
The main difference between freeze dried and frozen bloodworms is, well, exactly that -- one is frozen and one is freeze dried. Freeze dried can cause digestive problems and aren't as nutritious. The frozen cubes are pretty much tiny blocks of maybe 50 or less whole bloodworms. They thaw out and become almost exactly what they would be if they were alive. The freeze dried ones are all dried out and don't contain much.
In response to jakiebabie, I use bloodworms in my tank every week. I drop 2 whole cubes in at a time and the fish go crazy attacking them until they thaw enough to be consumed. They are way to small to cause any type of temperature shock, especially if you have a larger tank. I doubt it would even shift the water temperature even the slightest bit.
Actually brancasterr, Thank You for that info. yes for me it's a big tank, I just didn't want to do any thing that would hurt them, but what you do sounds like major fun!! Got to try it next feeding.
Well wannalearn I think you have your answer... so unless you don't have a freezer in your home/apt then I think your decision is made. lol. If you bought the freeze dried, use them up, and try the frozen kind next so you will have experienced both. I know they might seem expensive but remember some of us only use one or two cubes popped out of the pack a week so count the cubes and that will tell you how long they will last. Mine came in a pack of 8 rows of 4 for 32 weeks or 8 months supply.
I dropped a whole cube of frozen bloodworms in my tank tonight and my Jack Dempsey grabbed the whole thing in her mouth and ran!! Shes' such a brat.
I dropped a cube of beefheart in the tank for the loaches and the pictus came out of his cave and scarfed the entire thing in one gulp. Remind me of that the next time I ask why I now have 14 cardinals but I started out with 21, and I never find any dead bodies!!
No problem wannalearn, the more the merrier. Jeaninel that is what I was worried about when I talked about the temp. a fish ingesting a partially frozen cube and they are suseptable to temp changes. Am I being a neurotic mother? lol (I'm good at that by the way)