An excellent live food for all fish species without exception is the red larva of the mosquito-jerk. The bloodworm lives in silt and, rummaging in it, finds itself plentiful food. A large bloodworm is suitable for feeding only large fish, such as a veiltail, telescope, and so on; for all others, a small bloodworm should be taken.
It is very important that the bloodworm is fresh - alive. A stale bloodworm sticks together and has a dark color; it is very risky to feed such a bloodworm, as it can cause diseases and death of fish.
Bloodworms can be purchased on the market or in the aquarium salon, and you can also catch it yourself. Bloodworm usually lives in bodies of water with stagnant water. To catch bloodworms you will need 1 bucket and up to 10 meters of rope, as well as a sieve with a small mesh. A bucket tied to a rope is thrown as far as possible from the coast. When the bucket is completely drowned, they begin to pull it to the shore, dragging along the bottom. When a bucket is pulled out of it, they collect a little dirt into a sieve and wash it in water, making them rotational movements until only the bloodworm and garbage remain in the sieve. After that, the contents of the sieve, with the exception of large debris, are put in a rough rag.
At home, bloodworms are laid out on a wide sieve with large holes, which is placed above a basin of water. Water is poured into the basin until the bottom of the sieve slightly touches the water. As soon as the bloodworm senses water, it will begin to crawl through the holes in the sieve and fall to the bottom of the basin. When all the bloodworms are at the bottom of the basin, the remaining garbage from the sieve is thrown away, and the sifted bloodworms are put into a damp rag. Then it can be stored and fed aquarium fish.
Bloodworms are best stored in a thick canvas rag folded in half, soaked in cold water and well wrung out. Thus, it is stored only in a cool place for 7 to 10 days.
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The common tubule is a species of small-bristled worms of the Tubificidae family. Tubules - thin pinkish threadlike worms up to 40 mm long. 4 bristles on each body segment. They feed on decaying particles, swallowing and passing sludge through the intestines.
It lives at the bottom of silted standing reservoirs, in polluted streams and rivers. It forms huge accumulations in the silt of heavily polluted rivers, but is also found on sandy and stony soils of cleaner rivers (in small quantities). They live in tubular minks made of silt, from which the posterior end of the body (with gills) is exposed above the surface of the soil, which constantly moves, making undulating breathing movements.
Widely used in feeding aquarium fish as live food. Store the tubule in a low bowl with a layer of water 3-5 mm at a low temperature (5-10 ° C). Freshly caught worms do not feed fish, because at the same time, there is a great danger of introducing pathogens with them, such as Caryophyllosis. Usually they are kept with daily washing for 3-7 days, separating living individuals from the dead through a fine sieve. In an aquarium, an uneaten tubule digs into the ground and often begins to multiply.