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Lupin 04-12-2007 10:53 PM

Blasted hillies wasted my cash and time...
Well, I tried bloodworms after not having fed my other wee fishies with this stuff. I laid some bloodworms near the hillies' rocks thinking of the SAEs and rams who love to grab every food given and the moment they saw the bloodworms, they went berserk.:roll: They seem keen to avoid bloodworms as much as possible like it would cause allergy or give electric shocks.:crazy: Tried shrimp pellets and they resume to eating the pellets quite enthusiastically. Bloodworms again and they freaked out.:blink:

Ah well..I'll give the bloodworms to my angels and aro instead.:roll: Can't afford to waste my cash just to throw the food.:evil:

Other hillstream loach enthusiasts claimed their hillies eat bloodworms. Now I'm disgruntled.:evil:

P.S. Another batch might arrive next week.:lol:

Falina 04-13-2007 10:37 AM

live or frozen bloodworms?

the reaosn i ask is because whenever i feed bloodworm to my 10g tank with the cories and bettas, i have to soak the frozen cube of bloodworm first so that they seperate the add the seperated worms with the little bit of water. i know it sounds silly but when i first put in the cube hannibal (betta) was flaring his fins and gills, and proceeded to give the cube of worms a warning off of a lifetime. for some godforsaken reason he treated the block of worms as an unidentified intruder, and the single, seperated worms as a tasty meal.

if you think they were scared of the worms, rather than the "shape" i wouldnt try it though - would just waste more time and money.

Lupin 04-13-2007 10:57 AM

Frozen but I thaw them before placing them in the tank.:) I tried twice and gave up because the hillies keep slipping inside caves almost immediately after seeing the pile of bloodworms hovering on a slate.:roll:

Not a complete waste though with my rams and tetras darting to get the bloodworms leaving the hillies to wait until I drop pellets and rocks coated with algae instead.:)

I don't know about this but it's weird that they would react upon seeing bloodworms.:dunno:

Edit: I would add that it seems useless to give them time to familiarize with the bloodworms. Knowing my other fish including the kuhlis, they will only grab the food before the hillies could even approach them. Bloodworms have long been considered by my community fishies as the tastiest judging from how fast they chow down on them compared to other food.:roll: The situation makes me laugh though.;) :lol:

Falina 04-13-2007 10:59 AM

oh well, n/m

thoguht it was worth mentioning anyway

Lupin 04-13-2007 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by juliewiegand
oh well, n/m

thoguht it was worth mentioning anyway

It's not a complete waste fortunately with an arowana and angels acting as trash bins instead.8)

Zephyr 05-13-2007 05:04 PM

Hillstreams prefer algal growth. MAybe try some algae wafers?

And besides, maybe they're stressed, as hillies are coldwater fish and like LOTS of aeration/current.

Lupin 05-13-2007 06:39 PM

Zephyr, algae is their primary diet right here in my home.;) I produce algae for them to eat. They are in my river setup. Thanks for the input anyway. These fish are still keen to avoid bloodworms so there is not much I can do to appease them with bloodworms. Other foods are well taken though. On the contrary, these fish are not stressed when I had them a few days after being introduced.

And an update right now is all I can say is that they are doing very well gliding among rocks and chasing each other around.

tophat665 05-13-2007 10:12 PM

How are they with other worm type stuff? I'm thinking blackworms, glassworms, and tubifex. Fish freaked out by bloodworms? That's like kids with fear of pizza. Quelle estrange!

Lupin 05-13-2007 10:28 PM


Originally Posted by tophat665
Fish freaked out by bloodworms? That's like kids with fear of pizza. Quelle estrange!

I don't believe this either. Whenever I feed the community with bloodworms, the hillies either hide or stay in one place devoid of reach by bloodworms.:roll:

Come to think of it. I read one post before by a hillstream loach enthusiast, Martin Thoene and judging by his post about bloodworms relished by his hillies, he appears surprised.:? Oh well..I don't think most hillies enjoy the taste for bloodworms.:dunno:

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