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FuzzAz 06-18-2010 01:01 AM

I need a worm expert
 
Today I had my sister bring me some blackworms up from phoenix. Curiously the receipt says tubifex but the fish store attendant said they were blackworms. I canít say I know the difference or how to tell them apart but the discrepancy made me curious, so I googled it. Well some people say they are the same while others assure you that they are completely different. Lots of people say tubifex are very bad for your fish and blackworms are good, while others say this is a myth and tubifex are great. Wikipedia says they are of different speceis but all the picutres of both types look like the ones I got. So I guess my question is how do you tell them apart? How are they different for your fish? Also I got a few larger 3" worm hitchhikers that have a clitellum and look more like an earthworm, but obviously they are not because they live in water, I was wondering what these might be.

jclee 06-18-2010 09:39 AM

There is an article here that might have some pictures that can help: http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/worms.shtml.

Also if you google "california blackworms," there is a company that has a huge breeding program and loads of pics that should be one of your first results.

Blackworms are fairly long (at least as long as a toothpick) and they are a deep earthy brown. Tubifex are much shorter and will have a pink-ish, hue, maybe with a hint of purple.

Hope that helps.

aunt kymmie 06-18-2010 11:02 AM

+ 1 jclee. Tubifex and Blackworms look very different, exactly as jclee describes. I feed my fish live California blackworms that I purchase from this site:

http://www.aquaticfoods.com/

A pound of worms cost me 24.99 (delivered overnight) and they last an entire month in the refrigerator. The worms start getting a little skinny towards the end of week three but are still of good quality for my fish. I have a few fish that the only thing they will eat are these worms. Every batch I have purchased from this site have been "clean" and I have no worry about introducing parasites from the worms I receive from this company. Tubifex, on the other hand, is something I would never feed my fish.

FuzzAz 06-18-2010 11:47 AM

thanks that helps, I did come across both of those sites. Many of them are 2.5" long although the mode is about 1.5". I suppose that they are probably blackworms then. That price from Aquatic Foods seems pretty good mine were about $10 for what appears to be 3-4 ounces. Will probably order from there next time.

aunt kymmie 06-18-2010 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by FuzzAz (Post 407376)
thanks that helps, I did come across both of those sites. Many of them are 2.5" long although the mode is about 1.5". I suppose that they are probably blackworms then. That price from Aquatic Foods seems pretty good mine were about $10 for what appears to be 3-4 ounces. Will probably order from there next time.

I highly recommend them. They have excellent customer service and a superior product. Your fish will love you for it. ;-)
Because you're in AZ and it's now HOT you should order them using next day priority service. Once blackworms get even slightly warm they start croaking. They ship them with a freezer pack but now that it's summer it melts fast. It's worth the extra few bucks to ensure that they arrive "cold".

TonyW121 06-22-2010 09:58 AM

I was wondering where at in Phoenix your sister got the worms. I was thinking about ordering some but wouldnt mind buying some locally first just in case my fish end up not eating them its not a waste of 40 bucks for overnight shipping. lol.

Thanks
Tony


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