About tubifex worms

About tubifex worms

Postby Alexandre » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:34 pm

Hello there!
I've red about blackworms as a great food to condition broodstock. What about tubifex worms? Would they work the same?
I' m asking because I have access to long term captive bred tubifex cultures ( more than three years ) and if so, I would try
them.

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Re: About tubifex worms

Postby Luis A M » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:10 pm

Though Tubifex and blackworms are not closely related,I think they should be about the same for practical use. :?
I heard blackworms are cultured in California and shipped all over the US.Local Tubifex are collected in dirty sewage ditches.
So I would like to know how they are cultured in Brazil.
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Re: About tubifex worms

Postby Alexandre » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:16 am

Hello,Luis!
Helpful, as always!
Tubifex worms are not the kind of worms that can be purchased easily here, but some freshwater fish breeders cultivate them for themselves.
They can be raised exactly the same way it's done with blackworms.
One friend of mine, for instance, breed them along with daphnias . They settle at the bottom, feeding on decaying matters.
I myself used to raise tubifex in shallow tubs and vermiculite as substrate, feeding them on oatmeal or fish food. I used to put the containers inside a bigger one , full of ceramic tiles and a small water pump circulating water from the bigger to the smaller, overflowing back.

Thank's for coming by!

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Re: About tubifex worms

Postby SantaMonicaHelp » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:46 pm

Hi Alexandre,

I didn't know about that...good to know:) Thank you !
Did you find the answer to your question?
Have you tried already?

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Re: About tubifex worms

Postby Alexandre » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:44 pm

Hello, Zhenya!
I've tried live tubifex, but the clowns didn't eat them. So, I took the worms and smached with frozen food and they took it.
I made the same with cultivated earthworms ( red wriglers), and it worked the same.
Waiting to see some results.
By the way, the worms were pre killed in ice water before being smached.

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