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post #1 of 11 Old 06-02-2007, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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african lake ciclids and bloodworm

is it true that feeding bloodworm or tubifex to african lake ciclids can cause bloat?ive avoided feeding these items to either my shell dwellers and julies is it true?

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is it true that feeding bloodworm or tubifex to african lake ciclids can cause bloat?ive avoided feeding these items to either my shell dwellers and julies is it true?
Yes. Excessive proteins can but this applies mostly on mbunas with the exception of labidochromis and melanochromis. Your Tanganyikans will be alright.

Mbunas are predominantly vegetarians therefore their digestive systems are not designed to digest meaty foods or foods containing protein. They need fiber which is found in greens. Haplochromis on the other hand are rather carnivorous hence they can be fed with meaty foods.

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thanks its one of those things were i had heard without knowing if it was fact or fiction ive been religiusly removeing bloodworms from live food with a pipette

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I dont mean to contradict you Lupin but the tanganyikans will get bloat aswell as the malawi's

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I dont mean to contradict you Lupin but the tanganyikans will get bloat aswell as the malawi's

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I'm talking about the protein-based foods which should be fine for them. I'm aware that they do get bloat.:)

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I dont mean to contradict you Lupin but the tanganyikans will get bloat aswell as the malawi's

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I'm talking about the protein-based foods which should be fine for them. I'm aware that they do get bloat.:)
Actually, there are several species of cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika that are readily available in the hobby, that should not be fed bloodworms and other protien-based foods. Lets use the abundance of Tropheus varieties as an example. Can we please have our facts straight before we post?

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-07-2007, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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thankfully i thoght it better to keep up my current no bloodworm diet than risk it..are tubifex the same sort of compsition? im just trying to give them a well balanced diet

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I recommend researching the individual species you are keeping and reviewing each of their dietary needs first.

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-07-2007, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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my point is the large amount of conjecture in what to feed these fish and the use of the fishes NATURAL diet in books some give a short list that includes tubifex and references to "aqatic worms"

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I would recommend a varied diet consisting of the Live and Frozen brine, cichlid oriented flake, and algae wafers for most Tanganikan species. Personally, I would avoid the worms all together.

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