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Old 02-13-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Question frozen blood worms and feeding

Hey guys,

Was wondering where does everyone get their bloodworms? Because I am
looking to see if you can get them in bulk because I feed my guys flakes and bloodworms
but their obvious choice is bloodworms. But at the rare they eat I am looking
at an average of 6-8 cubes a day depending and its getting price.

I do have sinking pellets from new life spectrum but they haven't seem to grasp
how to eat it or what it is. They will try and spit it out I wonder if
I soak them with garlic juice would it help. Or if anyone has any ideas
as to how to train them to take it please let me know.

How often does everyone feed their discus? As I am still a newb with them.as
of now I currently have four, three of which are sub adults. Any suggestions or inputs
are greatly appreciated.

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IMO, 6-8 cubes are to much in one day. I am curios about your nitrate level.
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Fish need fiber too. You can't just feed bloodworms. They need more variety than that and it has to have some sort of fiber somewhere in the diet or they have a hard time getting their poops out.

Wong's Aquarium at Broadview and Gerrard used to sell about 1lb of live bloodworm for $5. Amazing deal. Sadly they have retired and closed their store.
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Nitrate is under 20. The tank is over filter, one canister and two power head filters with 25% water change every two days. Everyone looks happy, it just seems like they always want food when I pass by the tank. Feed them like 3 times a day. What is an ideal feeding?? 2 times or??
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Too bad they closed.. $5 a pound is really good. Would pick up 5lbs a trip lol.
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Dee, best solution to feed fresh food is to give them beefheart. Different recipes can be found on the web. Bloodworms as a suplement to BH.

In regards to pellets, unless they are used to get them, bet way is to starve them and try to give them a bit every day until they get used to it. Garlic may work too.
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Icic thanks george. Is beef heart even available anymore at pet stores?? Because didn't find any at big als. And guess i can try again with pellets. Still not sure how many feeding
sessions should be given in a day.
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Icic thanks george. Is beef heart even available anymore at pet stores?? Because didn't find any at big als. And guess i can try again with pellets. Still not sure how many feeding
sessions should be given in a day.
In this type of situation it's best to go to experts on that specific type of fish for advice. I'd consult a Discus specific forum, or at very least, cichlid-forum.com
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I would give them 2 feedings if you are not looking to grow them quick or up to 5 if you have the time to clean the tank often.
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Here is a recipe for beef heart, from Vern Archer. According to Bob Wilson who has been keeping discus for over 50 years, Vern has the best discus in North America. http://www.archersdiscus.com/about_us_2.html The recipe is under formula, but there is much good information here. It is interesting to note that he mentions not feeding blood worms or black worms, as both will eventually lead to health problems.
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