Earthworms in the diet

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    I have read various opinions of using earthworms as a part of a discus diet. Has anyone got any experience or thoughts?
     
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    after it rained the other day, there were some earthworms in the road, so i squeezed the mud out, washed them, chopped them up and my discus and clown loaches loved them, even the neons and white clouds were swimming around with pieces in their mouths too big too swallow :)

    i think worms would be a natural part of their diet, most fish eat worms...
     
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    I read somwhere/somebody told me (dont you hate it when a sentence sarts like that :laugh:) that you should keep them in a "clean" invironment to get the soil out of their system before you feed them to your fish as the soil could carry toxins/germs/bacteria and other nasties. Not sure how true this is or how you keep them in a "clean" environment!
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    There was a documentary on Carte Blanche a while back on earthworm farming and from what I can remember, earthworms are immune to bacteria, fungi and viruses due to a host defense system that involves antimicrobial and antibacterial peptides. They are said to be among the "cleanest" critters on this planet.
     
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    And they were fed newspapers and old veggies
     
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    A quote from the Carte Blanche documentary: :D

    For those interested, you can buy those worm factories over here.
     

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