Small live blood worms and C.o. larvae.

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benjamin

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My C.o. larvae seem to have become interested in bigger and better things than daphnia, like each other. They're even going for newtlets the same size and age as them! I think all the weaklings have been killed off since it's been a while since the last death, but one of the survivors is missing a forearm. I've calculated that the blood worms at the store near me are the same size proportionately to the larvae as the earth worms I feed their parents. I was just wondering if larvae could handle the small struggle that the adults have swallowing the earthworms. I would only offer the blood worm as an occasional supplement to a still primarily daphnia diet.
 
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jesper

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Hmm, I feed frozen bloodworms to my larvae - they gladly take bloodworms that is as big as their own size. If it fits into their mouth they will take it(assuming they are hungry). I don't know the size of your bloodworms but the size of my frozen one are pretty much like a really big white worm. I only feed Daphnia until they can take bigger food like white worms and frozen bloodworms - wish I had some grindals...or blackworms...

PS I have raised T.verrucosus simultaneously with C.orientalis and the verrucosus larvae is even more aggressive than the adults when it comes to moving objects. I use this little stick when I need to reach something in their tanks - they stalk it and go for it the second they see it...The stick is as large for them as a large treetrunk would be for us - greedy pleurodeles like behaviour...DS
 
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benjamin

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Well now I'm watching the larvae happilly eating and fighting with their bloodworms. Could they grow faster with such large food items?
 
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jesper

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My larvae seem to eat more the bigger food items I present, since I started them on whiteworms and bloodworms they have grown a lot faster.
 
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