Micro Worms: food or harmful parasite?

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I read the thread about feeding nematodes to baby newts/newt larvae. There seems to be some debate on wether that's safe. I have the tiniest baby newts. They still only have front legs. I've been struggling to find a food source for them. Today I noticed some micro worms sticking out of the pebbles on the bottom. I took some pics and was hoping someone may be able to identify if them and if they're afe and/or a good food source. I've also attached a current pic of a baby newts.
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I read the thread about feeding nematodes to baby newts/newt larvae. There seems to be some debate on wether that's safe. I have the tiniest baby newts. They still only have front legs. I've been struggling to find a food source for them. Today I noticed some micro worms sticking out of the pebbles on the bottom. I took some pics and was hoping someone may be able to identify if them and if they're afe and/or a good food source. I've also attached a current pic of a baby newts.
Thank you!
Not sure about the worms but the substrate looks pretty dirty so I would recommend cleaning that trapped waste out and think about switching to sand/bare-bottom to avoid a buildup of waste underneath the stone.
 

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I've fed older larvae on whatever the worm/insect larvae is in the first picture is. Those babies look painfully thin, if they are still alive I would recommend putting them in the fridge to slow their metabolism while you hatch some brine shrimp larvae or locate some live daphnia.
 
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