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How to feed frozen bloodworms? Also Q about boredom

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Post by Mutsu on Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:54 pm

How many at a time, how often and how long do they last if defrosted but in an airtight container?

I bought a packet from p@h but there's loads in each ice block, about 50, so will they be ok defrosted in water and then sealed at room temp until they're finished? Cause I can't cut an ice cube in half xD

Also, my new boy has started doing a lap around the back of his tank over and over, the same each time. Is this a sign of boredom or is he just patrolling?

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Post by silverrabbit on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:08 pm

Best way is to cut or grate a corner off the block - a defrosted block will not last very long and will be waaaay too much for a betta in a couple days. I feed maybe 3-4 if they are biggish worms, and sometimes up to 10 tiny ones, more for conditioning.
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Post by KalandraJane on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:26 pm

The cubes are actually really easy to cut up, they cut pretty well into smaller cubes, not like trying to cut an ice cube where it flies off leaving a tiny fragment cut off and you slice through your finger.

I cut each one into four but that's to feed two bettas, so I reckon a cube cut into eight would provide small enough servings for a single betta. I wrap each bit in foil, then the lot in another bit of foil and put it back in the freezer.

I really wouldn't recomment keeping the defrosted worms around, even in a sealed tub in the fridge, they dry out really fast and start to stink once they've been sat round more than a few minutes.
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Post by Mutsu on Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:00 pm

Hahaha ok thanks for the advice, they sound so gross xD Most of the worms look pretty small, he'd better like them as they were expensive! (£2.99!)

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Post by KalandraJane on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:14 am

He'll love them Smile mine gobble them up faster than anything else.

They are grim... I'm a vegan, how do you think I feel? Hehe Wink
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Post by Wilsonnw8 on Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:59 pm

I think thats probably patrolling the territory rather than boredom, but some people feel bettas are less bored in a well planted tank, I know my boys love to play in their Java fern, other people try ping pong balls on the water surface although i myself havent tried this..

As far as worms go the guys are right you cant keep it for any time at all once it's defrosted. I tend to just buy live blood worm and brine shrimp for mine as a treat. They enjoy hunting live food and it definitely gives them something to do!

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Re: How to feed frozen bloodworms? Also Q about boredom

Post by Mutsu on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:45 am

I've just ordered him some more plants from a member on here, I love the live plants they are doing a great job at keeping my nitrate levels down - they're all at 0 at the moment even though I've had him just over a week in there so I'm not sure whether to water change or not!

I fed him some bloodworms a couple of minutes ago, he LOVED them! Tried to suck my fingers off! Even after washing my hands, they still smell of that weird bloodworm smell though :|

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Post by liz2 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:56 am

Yuck I don't touch the bloodworms, veggie here! I always defrost the whole cube, any left overs go in the pond or tropical tank. I put the frozen cube in a plastic lid and then stand the lid in a saucer of hot water. I then get the worms out with a cocktail stick trying not to be sick at the same time.... sick
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Post by Mutsu on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:28 pm

Haha xD I'm actually pescatarian (same as veggie but I occasionally eat fish) but the only thing that ever makes me squeamish is vomit :P

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Post by KalandraJane on Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:43 pm

I use long tweezers to feed them, it's good because they get used to seeing the tweezers in the water and come straight to them for food.

Blergh to the smell!
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Post by 2tall on Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:29 pm

I use tweezers too as I want to control their amount and I worry I might have something on my hands. Rarely touch their food with my fingers.
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