Weird Bug Mixed In With Bloodworms

  1. Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Hey guys & gals,

    I was feeding my frozen Hikari brand blood worms today and noticed mixed in the cube when I thawed it out there was a different looking type of something in there with the bloodworms. It was pale in color, a thicker body than a blood worm and a little fatter. It almost looked like a bristle worm. What the heck is it? I should of took a pic but I was stupid and just put it down the drain.
     





  2. C

    ChiefBrody Member Member

    Probably mosquito larvae. I culture both of them in my backyard. Awesome free food. You usually get them both
     





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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Oh ok interesting. I was looking up the growing process of bloodworms which turn into midge and the second growth stage is called a Pupa and it looked a lot like that. Maybe that's what it was haha not sure but just really interesting to me.
     
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Actually no your right it looked more like mosquito Larvae..
     
  5. C

    ChiefBrody Member Member

    They're both midge flies actually. I'm sure the hikari doesn't intentionally mix species but I know when I do it in my yard I always get both together and a third I haven't yet identified. It looks like a microscopic nautilus and darts around like a shrimp. Whatever it is they love it 112007d605810b0b63a68c1e68743f80.jpg ec9834742f410fdd8fa0ae555d3dfb79.jpg
     
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks so much for the info! What kind of fish do you have? They look awesome!
     
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    ChiefBrody Member Member

    Bluefin roloffi
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    Apistogramma caucatoides

    Both males
     
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Is the apistogramma the one in the second pic? Is it fresh or marine?
     
  9. C

    ChiefBrody Member Member

    Yes. Commonly known as the "cockatoo cichlid". Planted soft water/Amazon Blackwater. He's quite a specimen. There's 2 females that would agree thet breed constantly but one female is dominant and steals all the fry when they hatch. Sub dominant female is being used like a surrogate! It's so weird to watch them interact... I don't know what is going on in there. The dominant is the prettier if the two but the sub has all the talent. It's a Beyonce and Kelly Rowland situation if you will... which I guess makes him Jay-Z
     
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    That's so cool! Love the analogy! Haha