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Live Black Worms Here is my container of Live Black Worms in my garden under an old bench. This container is about 7" in diameter and 6" tall. It says 10 cups on the bottom. I keep the container about half full of water with a maximum of about 2 tablespoons of worms. 
 
Live Black Worms In the top picture the Black Worms are in a tight round ball and that's how you'll usually see them. I poured some water from my small pond into the container, gently swirled the worms, and poured most of the old water, but none of the worms, onto a plant in my garden.
 
Live Black Worms I repeated rinsing the worms a few times, until the water was completely clean and clear. Then I filled the container half full with water from my small pond and put the container with the worms back under the old bench in my garden. The worms immediately begin to clump together again.
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I feed most of my fish a few Live Black Worms every other day or so. This page contains information about how to keep Black Worms, how to feed them to your fish, and which types of fish shouldn't eat Black Worms.
 
I keep these worms outside in my garden in the shade under an old bench on the north-west side of my house, where it's usually cool, and the worms don't get much direct sunlight. You can see this arrangement in the picture at the top of this page.
 
Before I feed these worms to my fish, I examine the worms carefully. When the worms are healthy, they cling together in a tight ball as shown in the picture at the top of this page.

If the worms are limp, or if I see any dead white worms, I dig a small hole in my garden, pour all the worms in the hole, and cover them with soil. I don't feed weak looking worms to my fish. But this happens very rarely, and usually the worms look healthy.

 
 
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Click here to listen to DrTom and Nevin talk with Dan from Dallas, about feeding diets and supplemental food for fish, including bananas, nuts, red wiggler worms, farm raised crickets, frozen spinach, zucchini squash, and others.
 
 

Wash your hands with warm water and soap, then completely rinse off the soap, before you handle the worms, so you won't have anything toxic on your hands that might harm the worms or the fish that eat the worms.

Actually I can rinse and feed the worms to my fish without touching the worms with my hands. I recommend you learn how to do this too. It's still a good idea to wash your hands before you do anything with your fish, and wash them again after you finish with your fish.

 
Incidentally these Black Worms are very sensitive to chlorine and Chloramine, so you can't use tap water directly from the faucet. That's why I use pond water.
 
Although these worms are called Black Worms, you can see in the pictures above that these worms are not black. They are dark brown. I have heard that these Black Worms are a species in the genus named Tubifex.

There is another species of worms in the genus Tubifex that is called Brown Worms. They are a lighter shade of brown, and these Brown Worms are smaller than the Black Worms.

The Brown Tubifex Worms are more difficult to keep alive, and fish often become sick, after they eat Brown Worms. So we don't recommend the Brown Tubifex Worms as food for your fish, but we do recommend the Black Worms.

Click here for information about the correct scientific name of these worms.

 
I rinse my Black Worms two or three times each week. When I get fresh worms, I rinse them every day for a few days. These worms can live for a long time, when you keep them like this.
 
A few Black Worms are good for most fish. I feed two or three worms to each of my fish every other day. This is a very small amount of worms. But even this small amount seems to greatly help the fish.

Most fish keepers do not feed worms to fish like Goldfish, Barbs, Livebearers, and Danios. But I feed most of my fish a few worms. You may hear that feeding worms to most fish is not recommended. I think this is wrong. Most of the very good fish keepers that I've known have gone out of their way to feed their fish small amounts of several different kinds of live food including Black Worms.

 
I have use my ingenuity to feed these worms to all of my fish, because my most active fish swim near the surface of the water and will try to eat all the worms. A shy fish, that hides under a rock cave, won't get any worms.

I use a turkey baster to suck up a few worms and squirt the worms under the rock cave where the shy fish can eat them. Turkey basters are very inexpensive and available in most grocery stores. If you can't find a baster, ask someone working in the store to help you find one.

 
It's very important to feed Black Worms to certain types of fish. For example, a few worms each day will help female fish like Bettas develop eggs. Click here to read more about Female Bettas.

Some fish must eat worms. Elephant Noses, Baby Whales, Puffers, Black Knifefish, and African Dwarf Frogs need to eat worms regularly.

If you wonder about what to feed a certain type of fish, here is how this website can help you. Suppose you want to know what to feed Angelfish. First click here to go to our Search Page, and enter the word "Angel" with or without the quote marks.

The Search will produce a list of the titles to many pages on this website containing the word "Angel", and the titles of the best pages for "Angel" will be at the top of the list. Click here now to go to the page at the top of that list and scroll down that page to "Recommended Diet" where you can read about what to feed your Angel Fish.

You can use the Search Page to quickly find information about any fish that is discussed on this web site.

 
Some types of fish won't eat worms. Plecostomus Catfish do not seem to be interested in eating worms. Click here to read more about these catfish.

Kissing Gouramis also do not seem to enjoy eating worms. Click here for more about Kissing Gouramis.

A long time ago we noticed that Mbuna Cichlids from Lake Malawi in East Africa are much more likely to get a disease called bloat when fed worms. So we never feed Mbuna Cichlids any worms. Click here to read more about Mbuna Cichlids.

We also found out that worms are not good food for Peacock and Haplochromis species from Lake Malawi. Click here to read more about these fish.

Tropheus species from Lake Tanganyika are even less tolerant of worms and are almost certain to have problems when fed worms. We also don't feed worms to Frontosa, another cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika. Click here to read more about Frontosa.

 
Feed Live Black Worms to your fish last, after you've fed all the other food. The worms are for dessert. Most types of fish prefer these worms to all other types of food. If you feed worms first, the fish may not want to eat the other foods. So feed the worms last as dessert for your fish.
 
Your Health and Safety. Be sure you wash your hands, after you handle these worms or the container that you keep the worms in. These worms are not dangerous to your health, but it's important to wash your hands after handling anything that is alive.
 
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We buy the highest quality fish, produced by the best fish farms or caught by the best collectors of wild fish, then we take incredibly good care of our fish in our beautiful aquariums.
 
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We stock and ship fish that are the ideal size to sell. Not so small that they will not do well when shipped. Yet not so big that they have become much more expensive.
 
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