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BBG will only eat moving food :(
Old 07-28-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
 
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BBG will only eat moving food :(

hi all. Im having ammonia issues in my tank due to my BBG finicky eating. They only eat bloodworm (i use frozen) which isnt a problem but they will only eat it if they think they are hunting it, so it has to literally move across their eyeline. If it hits the sand then they wont touch it and it stays on the sand. They are slow to 'hunt' and by the time they can be bothered to give chase the worms have circulated around the tank in the filter flow a few times and landed on the floor. Also if two BBG go after the same worm, they squabble and by the time they have sorted their argument the food is sitting on the sand and neither wants it. Ive been feeding them way too much food in the hope that eventually they will each catch a few. Apart from wasting a lot of worms the tank is littered with untouched bloodworm which is causing ammonia issues and looks horrible on the sand . Sand is unforgiving at the best of times when it comes to debris and mine is cream coloured so shows every little speck. I started syphoning it out (along with a load of tank water) but it still doesnt solve the waste of food problem and it meant partial water changes everyday which is a drag. All I can think to do is to syringe a bloodworm at a time in front of their faces which still doesnt guarentee they will take it (they are such slow eaters) and time consuming for me also. Does anyone else have any ideas? Even with an airstone plus spraybar running at mealtimes, theres not enough current to keep the bloodworms moving long enough for the BBG's to want to hunt them in one go. Thoughts anyone? Thanks a lot
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:00 AM   #2
 
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try brine shrimps
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
 
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I'd add a scavenger.. Ghost shrimp will work. Have you tried live blackworms? They'll survive in the tank.
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:45 PM   #4
 
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I'd add a scavenger.. Ghost shrimp will work. Have you tried live blackworms? They'll survive in the tank.
you read my mind. I was thinking of a cleanup addition but ive never kept shrimp and have no idea of their requirements?
I have a culture of microworms multiplying at present but im not sure how long they would survive in a brackish tank do you? Also how do you get all the soil off the worms before feeding them to the BBG's?

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Old 07-31-2011, 10:04 AM   #5
 
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I don't have much experience with microworms, so can't help you there. I tried them once, but they are so small, I did not have the patients to dig them out of the soil for feeding.

I do feed black worms. I don't have a local seller, so I get mine here Aquatic Foods Home Page
There is a care guide for black worms on this site. Since I mail order, I have to buy 1lb at a time. If you have any fish keeping friends, maybe you can split the cost. Most all of my fish, love black worms. These worms will parish over time in the fridge. If rinsed often, I have had them keep over a month.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:21 PM   #6
 
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I don't have much experience with microworms, so can't help you there. I tried them once, but they are so small, I did not have the patients to dig them out of the soil for feeding.

I do feed black worms. I don't have a local seller, so I get mine here Aquatic Foods Home Page
There is a care guide for black worms on this site. Since I mail order, I have to buy 1lb at a time. If you have any fish keeping friends, maybe you can split the cost. Most all of my fish, love black worms. These worms will parish over time in the fridge. If rinsed often, I have had them keep over a month.
I can get blackworm culture kits in UK but havent been able to buy any live blackworm. Dont know how tricky they are to keep do you? I dont really know of anyone else who would want them, even if I could buy them by the 1lb but I could feed some of them to my FW community tank- there would be a lot of waste if the smallest amount I could get was 1lb though lol. People keep recommending brine shrimp but Ive heard theres little nutritional value there as they are mainly water. Soeone even suggested tiny flakes of fresh white fish from the fishmongers or minced prawn or lobster eggs. Never heard of lobster eggs before and def havent ever seen them for sale anywhere.

Going back to the cleanup crew, are ghost shrimp difficult to keep?
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:21 PM   #7
 
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Oh, I did not realize you are in the UK!

I have read of school kids culturing black worms as school projects, but I have not tried this myself. If a culture is not to expensive, it might be worth a shot.

Ghost Shrimp are not too difficult to keep, although your fish might be big enough to eat them.

Malaysian trumpet snails also make a good clean up crew.

Cutting up earth worms in small pieces might be another option. To be able to supply a variety of food, is always better. You can use a turkey baster to clean up uneaten food, after meal time.
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