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post #1 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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My oto likes tubifex worms.

I have a 10 gal tank with least killifish, oto cats, shrimp and snails. Anyways, I started feeding tubifex worms to my least killifish. Yesterday, after throwing some food in, noticed a fish dart like mad and start picking away at the worms. At first, I thought it was the killifish (same color as the oto cats), then I noticed it was an oto. He/she stayed there for quite some time, picking away. No, they are not starving, they eat their prepared veggie foods.

Just thought it was interesting.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 01:34 PM
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No kidding, that is interesting. I always thought if there was one fish you could call a true vegetarian it would be an oto. Tubifex worms?? I thought they were the nastiest of worms, carrying tons of possible parasites, etc. ??

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have read, they can carry parasites. I have been buying the frozen type, so not sure if it is really safe.
I try to give my killifish a variety. Black worms are their favorite, but the fish are too small to eat a full black worm, and I got tired of cutting them into pieces for them.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 02:20 PM
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I agree, I can't handle cutting up the bigger worms. I did it one time and that was enough. Yuck. I've always wondered if the frozen or freezedried tubifex were parasite free. I'm sure my fish would love them but I'm afraid to feed them those type of worms after some of the horror stories I've read about. How long have you been feeding yours tubifex??

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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I bought the Tubifex worms about 2 weeks ago. So far, all the fish seem fine. If I start seeing any signs of trouble, I will be sure to pass the word on, to stay away from tubifex worms.
They are some very small stringy looking worms. So far, the small fish are the only ones that seem to like them.
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i been using the freeze dried for about two months with out any issues... if i note anything though i will also post here...... is it kid of wierd to see otto's eating them i looked them up and have not seen anything about any type of meat in their diet...

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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I was trying to read up some on the oto's diet. Here is an interesting read, for any one that is interested.
www.otocinclus.com - Home of the Dwarf Suckermouth Catfishes
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 05:07 PM
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vvvvveeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good real thanx!!!!!!!!!

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-24-2009, 11:53 AM
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Back in the 1980's I bought live tubifex every week and to my knowledge never had an issue with disease. But it used to be said that they could carry disease, as can any live food of that sort. In those days it was available regularly, along with live brine shrimp. I bought a pack of frozen tubifex but for some reason the fish don't seem to like it; at least they won't eat it. The worms in the water look rather useless anyway, not much too them, stringy, white, so maybe just not a good brand. Bloodworms I have no problem with, everything eats them. The Hikari brand claims to be absolutely free of disease. As for freeze-dried, I can't imagine any pathogen living through the drying/heat process. B.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-24-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron!
My least killifish are so tiny, (7th smallest fish) a bloodworm is to big for them. They seem to be doing well with the tubifex though. I have crushed the bloodworms for them before. Luckily I am not allergic.
I am going to have to start re homing some killifish soon, or start using them as feeders. I don't think I am up to using them as feeders, it would make me feel guilty.
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