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My grandmother seems to blame earthworms for my oscar lying at the bottom of the tanks sometime
I know i have asked this question besfore but i got un clarified answer
Note: these earthworms have been exclusively harvested from cow dung
Can they harm my fish?
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Earthworm problem

Worms that eat cow dung are NOT suitable for fish food. Since the worms eat feces, you are feeding your fish poop. :sick: Stick w/ a prepared diet.

Why would you think that manure worms would be suitable as fish food? :sick:

Refresh my memory.......How often do you do partial water changes, what size is your tank, & how many Oscars do you have in it?

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Rocksor replied the topic: Earthworm problem

Your grandmother is good at observation.

Too much of the wrong food will cause an oscar to lie on the bottom.

Use earthworms from a bait shop or your own enclosed vegetable garden (greenhouse) that uses no pesticides.
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Usman9600 replied the topic: Earthworm problem

I have 1 oscar in a 55g currently
I do 50% water changes every 3 days
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I would step up that WC regimen to 75% every other day......55GL is bare minimum for an Oscar, & dissolved metabolites will quickly develop.

Please post a picture or video of this tank.

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Usman9600 replied the topic: Earthworm problem

I have a huge 300 gal 5 stage canister with uv light which keeps my water in perfect condition
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Rocksor replied the topic: Earthworm problem

filters do nothing remove waste or nitrates, only water changes do that.
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Usman9600 wrote: I have a huge 300 gal 5 stage canister with uv light which keeps my water in perfect condition


Filtration, no matter how efficient or effective, is only there to keep your fish alive until the next water change.........which, again, in your set-up, should be quite frequent.

I have a 75GL aquarium w/ a lone Jaguar cichlid in it.......there is a 1250GPH wet/dry trickle filter, an Emperor 400, a Penn Plax Cascade 300, a Rena XP4, & last but not least, a sponge filter......& I still change 75-90% of the water every 3 days.......& I wouldn't ever state my water conditions are perfect.

An aquarium is an artificial system; a glass box. You can never change enough water for large cichilds, ever.

Clear water is not an indicator of clean water.

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robham7770 replied the topic: Earthworm problem

I don't think it has anything to do with what the worms eat (with the exception of toxins), but more likely how often the fish gets it. IMO an oscar in the wild would rarely get something like that and may not be able to digest it easily. I would use a quality pellet as a staple, and only sub more exotic food as a treat.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Earthworm problem

Well......if the worms are eating feces, then so is the Oscar...... :sick:

I feed my cichlids earthworms/nightcrawlers from my baitshop on a regular basis.....they are raised in topsoil......I consider these to be safe & a great source of protein......never had any ill effects.

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