Catching Earthworms in Your Back Garden

feeding garden worms to your Oscar fishWorms are an excellent addition to your Oscars diet. If you think about it, many creatures including birds, mice, moles all the worms, why? Because they're absolutely packed with nutrients. There are different types of worms that you can harvest from your garden. You will often find small worms whilst digging, these are not the large lob worms that I am talking about. There's nothing wrong with feeding the smaller worms to office, however a large lob worm is a really great meal so don't harvest your worms by digging.

If you have a garden then go out when it's dark, try and choose a damp night, preferably after it's been raining. You will often find large lob worms lying on top of the grass. Alternatively, you can artificially wet the grass using a mixture of water and washing-up liquid. Sprinkle the garden thoroughly and then wait until the worms start to appear. You will have to do have your wits about you when harvesting worms, though, grab the worm as close to the hole as possible and pull it gently until the whole worm except the hole. Don't pull too hard or you will just snap it in half. Some of the best places to harvest worms are sports fields, especially the goalmouth of football pitches, and golf courses where the grass is very very short. On a damp night, you could collect dozens and dozens of worms in a very short period of time. To keep garden worms alive, you must have a container with holes in it so the worms can breathe. You can use damp moss or shreds of newspaper in your container. The worms must be kept refrigerated with intermittent watering of the moss or newspaper. Garden worms if kept properly, could be kept alive for a week with no problems.

It's great fun watching Oscars eat worms, especially when you get an Oscar on each end playing tug-of-war. Oscars absolutely love worms, they are a great source of nutrition and even better, they are completely free!

Please be aware that garden worms can occasionally carry internal parasites that are known to infect animals such as hedgehogs. To be honest with you, I have absolutely no idea whether the same parasites could be harmful to fish or not. However, to be on the safe side, store your worms for a few days before feeding them to your fish. Alternatively, you can manually squeeze the innards out of the worm. It's not a particularly nice job, but it would ensure that your Oscar does not ingest the worms stomach contents. You can keep worms alive for several days in damp moss, or damp newspaper that has been shredded. If you can keep them in the fridge, then all the better.

Article by Delboybully (edited and added to by OFL)