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post #1 of 5 Old 10-08-2011, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Can one feed baby mealworms to GBR?

Because I "raise" mealworms for a leopard gecko we have, I'm wondering if when mealworms are babies, and tiny small, if I could put them in the tank for my German Blue Rams? Has anyone tried this? Would it be safe for them? I'd like to give them some live food sometimes.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-08-2011, 07:02 PM
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Yes, but not often. Mealworms are OK as a treat, no more than one a week. I also used to raise them, for all my newts and frogs back in the 1980's, and my pair of African Butterfly Fish loved them, both the worms and even more the beetles. But I remember reading then that the mealworms are not good on a regular basis, can't remember now if it was the fat or tough "skin."

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I also raise mealworms, I feed them to my fish maybe once a week. Since your feeding them to your gecko I'm guessing your already gut loading them. I use powered milk, kale and carrots you can also use dog/cat food to make them higher in protein I have not tired this. From my reading it doesn't seem mealworms are very nutritious but I feel with the gut loading it helps, my fish love them.
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I also raise mealworms, I feed them to my fish maybe once a week. Since your feeding them to your gecko I'm guessing your already gut loading them. I use powered milk, kale and carrots you can also use dog/cat food to make them higher in protein I have not tired this. From my reading it doesn't seem mealworms are very nutritious but I feel with the gut loading it helps, my fish love them.

Thanks, love those ideas. I do carrots, but should try dog food (have grainfree in the house). Never tried Kale.

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Thanks, love those ideas. I do carrots, but should try dog food (have grainfree in the house). Never tried Kale.

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The vegetables are fine, but I would avoid dog or cat food. Nothing concrete, but to me this does not sound wise. The dog/cat food might contain any numbers of things not suited to fish.

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