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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Are Hikari Bio-Pure FD Blood Worms safe from disease/parasites?

Are Hikari Bio-Pure FD(freeze dried) Blood Worms from diseases and parasites?

I purchase some when my neon tetras were not eating but now I found they will accept the Hikari micro pettets. So I don't want them to go to waste.

Are these safe to give them for a treat.

Years ago I had an Oscar and I think it got hole in the head because I gave it feeder fish. So I have sworn off live food because of this.

I don't want to repeat my mistakes. Maybe I will get a beta in a 5 gallon tank and feed him the FD blood worms.

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I believe frozen and freeze dried foods are safe from disease/parasites just due to the process of freezing/freeze drying killing any potential nasties.

I think the Hikari packing even states that is safe/free from diseases/parasites.
Live feeders can definitely have parasites.

Been feeding frozen foods for a long time, some freeze dried too (fish prefer "wet" foods more) and never got a disease from either.

Go ahead and feed them all, but not so often as they are just kind of high in protein to be fed daily.
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Oscars are particularly prone to hole in the head and there are many suspected causes including stray electrical current, improper nutrition etc. but I personally believe it is poor water quality more than anything. Oscars are large messy fish and need regular weekly large water changes to keep them healthy.

As far as Hikari products, they seem to be one of the better products on the market. I would not be concerned.
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