Sealed Live Bloodworm (Small Size)14/04/2021
Blood worm is the larvae of the midge fly. It is a small (3 cm), long, thin, bright red larvae which grows in stagnant pools.
The blood worm has red iron-porphyrin protein in its blood and tissue which gives it its characteristic colour. This larva is very important in the wild aquatic food chain. Therefore, it is one of the primary live foods fed to virtually all aquarium kept freshwater aquatic animals.
Blood worms, vitamins (ascorbic acid, beta carotene, biotin, hydroxocobalamin [source of vitamin B12], niacin, riboflavin, thiamine HCL), amino acids (methionine [dl-methionine], l-lysine, taurine), and trace elements (calcium chloride, potassium iodide, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, magnesium carbonate, zinc sulphate).
Available as live food in sealed plastic bags from pet and fish shops. Some aquarists wash this food with tap water using a fine tea strainer or coffee filter. When using in this form, try to filter out as much of the water the blood worm is kept in as you can. This is recommended due to the possibility of the water being diseased.
There have been medical reports that people can develop an allergy to this creature over time just by touching it, breathing in dried blood worm dust or its contaminated water. A bad reaction (itchy or swollen eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, skin swells) to this fish food can build up over several years and you should be aware of this
As with giving your animals any live food, there is the risk of adding parasites and diseases to your tank. Frozen, jellied and dried bloodworm is usually irradiated to remove these dangers.
- Crude protein (min) 8.3%
- Crude fat (min) 1.2%
- Crude fiber (max) 3.9%
- Moisture (max) 81.7%