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Maggots/mealworms

Tis the season, ice fishing season!

That being said, I generally have a surplus of mealworms and/or maggots(spikes) that we use for bait. Anyone ever break up and toss stuff like this in a tropical community tank? If I find ants or small bugs in the house I usually toss them in there, I really don't see this being much different.
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I'm excited for ice fishing too. I haven't fed any waxworms/maggots in a fish tank, but they should be fine.

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insects are the basic diet for most of the fish in nature, i don't think there would be any problem if the insects are free from insecticides and other harmful chemicals.
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I haven't fed them to tropical fish, but I feed them to my sunfish all the time. They love them, should be no different for the tropicals. It's a nice meaty treat.


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Ha I feed them to sunfish all the time too, but these sunfish are on the other end of my jigging rod!

Honestly I was only really worried about parasites or something in the spikes/mealies. I know the fish will eat them that's not the issue lol. Considering they're farm raised bugs I think they'll be OK.
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I hear you, but I usually dig up earth worms or use powerbait maggots cut in half when I'm fishing. The powerbait is what I used to catch all the fish in my 75.


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mealworms are too tough for small fish but maggots should be fine. You don't have to worry about parasites since these maggots are not aquatic so they don't have aquatic parasites.
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