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    Feeding koi Worms

    I've heard that koi like worms a lot and that you can feed them worms as treats. I like the idea of feeding them some natural food with protein, but my question is: Is it possible that the worms have parasites or diseases on them that could affect the fish since they are living creatures?

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    I don't know about parasites but for my babies in QT I get the frozen red worms from the pet store They love them
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    Once they are frozen anything will dies

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    there's no problem feeding them right from the garden
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    All fish eat worms.

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    yes but could their be parasites on fresh worms, and what about chemicals from people use on their lawns and agrdens?
    The wild is diffrent then a pond

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    Just be careful what kind of worms. I used to feed my fish grub worms and then read somewhere that a grub worm can pinch through the fishes insides. So now if they get grub worms, they get them pincerless. I also heard about someone giving their fish a "funny" colored worm that turned out to be poison and the fish died. So please be careful what kind of worms. I have given mine the worms off ears of corn when I am putting up corn, but some of them have large pincers and they get de-pincered before feeding also.
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    Seriously, carp eat crayfish and they have much more serious pinchers than grubs.

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    Just be careful what kind of worms. I used to feed my fish grub worms and then read somewhere that a grub worm can pinch through the fishes insides. So now if they get grub worms, they get them pincerless. I also heard about someone giving their fish a "funny" colored worm that turned out to be poison and the fish died. So please be careful what kind of worms. I have given mine the worms off ears of corn when I am putting up corn, but some of them have large pincers and they get de-pincered before feeding also.

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    Ponyboy,
    What do you do when a bird makes a dropping in the pond? The parasitic history of birds and fish goes back eons. The strong survive and the weak die.

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    yes but could their be parasites on fresh worms, and what about chemicals from people use on their lawns and agrdens?
    The wild is diffrent then a pond

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    S@#T!!!!!!!!!! Now I gotta figure a way to keep birds from crapping in my pond?????????????? GEEZ How do I call for a NO FLY ZONE????????LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    The risk of transferring a serious problem to fish from worms is low, an all water environment is not going to suit most terrestrial organisms, they drown. Some worms do have a nasty taste to them, fish won't take them, ordinary earthworms are different kettle of worms, delish.

    If you use toxic treatments on your lawn that involve residual poisons, that might not be good for fish. I notice the labels on fire ant poisons say, don't let grazing animals graze (what a world we live in, eh)

    Good ol' tasty worms, from good old unpoisoned ground, is for sure, good fixings for fish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slmtrm View Post
    S@#T!!!!!!!!!! Now I gotta figure a way to keep birds from crapping in my pond?????????????? GEEZ How do I call for a NO FLY ZONE????????LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    string some lines and pullies about 30-40 feet up where the birds fly and strap on some cats in harnesses that can patrol it.

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    I give my koi worms that I dig out of my compost pile. Since I garden organically, I don't worry about chemicals and my fish LOVE the worms, there is no better treat at my house.
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    Yes, an earthworm is just about the perfect food,... for Koi, particularly in quarantine where it's critical to not pollute the water with food. An earthworm produces almost NO waste in a tank. It's almost completely digested. Also, protein is high, and mineral content is high.

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    We do feed earth worms from our garden when we find them. We don't use any chemicals in the garden.

    I have always stopped feeding earth worms if the water temp drops below 60*. I don't know if it really makes sense or not, but almost all high protein food products are marked something like that.

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    Also great for stimulating feeding in new koi that are shy or hesitant to eat.

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    We can get the dehydrated meal worms at the supermarket for birds, I imagine they might make a nice treat as well. Any objections?

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    Not sure about meal worms at the supermarket for birds... might be good.

    I have written to these guys and they indicated they have a few regular customers who keep koi. Never ordered from them myself but they are here in SoCal. I think they mostly cater to lizard pets. Might give this link a look... http://www.mulberryfarms.com/

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