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worms from the yard

I read or heard some where that I can take a long worm from the yard and cut it up and feed it to my fish. Has anybody heard of this or have done this? Just curious. I would like to give my fish a treat.
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I see no problem with this.

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As long as you wash them a bit first, and you don't use insecticides, no problem. Bigger fish love them.

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Ok Great. I'll have to give it a try.
Thanks again for all your help.

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i've done it many times... it induced my convicts to spawn within a day or two on multiple occasions (years back). my discus, keyholes, and bleeding heart tetras seem to be drawn to the worms more than my other fish. In fact, we were digging up a part of a flower bed two days ago to move the edge of it out a bit, and i found about 4 FAT earthworms that were cut by the shovel... I immediately took them inside, rinsed them under the faucet, put them in a ziplock bag and into the freezer, and I break pieces off for my fish as a little protein snack. A word of warning, the frozen worms are GOOEY when they start to melt in your hand. I figure between rinsing them and freezing them, most of the nasties are neutralized. I also have a UV which should keep water-borne parasites at bay(i'm thinking bacteria and fungus that might be able to hitch a ride on the worm). I can't say that they're 100% safe fresh, but they're probably as safe as buying cultured live blackworms, etc online. I say go for it.

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I feed chopped earthworms regularly.
Fish love them.
Shrimp love them.
Snails love them.
Even LPS corals love them.
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Freezing them is the way to go - makes them easier to chop up. Great food.


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Free live food, I gotta try this. So they are easier chopped up once frozen? Can I just add them straight to the tank right out of the freezer like I do my forzen bloodworms?
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I wait until the night then catch those big nightcrawler and feed it to my catfish. THEY LOVE IT!!
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Yup! Pretty much a piece of cake. Drop 'em in frozen - they'll thaw quick enough. Chopping them when frozen makes it much easier. I wrap them in tinfoil when I freeze them - just make sure to label well so that the roommate doesn't get a nasty surprise!


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I drop live ones cut in half in for my festivums. They absolutely love them!
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