help little red worms in filter pads

Discussion in 'Garden Pond Talk' started by paulm, Jun 10, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. paulm

    paulm

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    28
    Location:
    ireland
    having just cleaned my filter while rinsing the filter pads i was amazed to see a number of little red worm like creatures WHAT ARE THEY ARE THEY HARMFUL TO MY FISH?:)
     
    paulm, Jun 10, 2010
    #1
    1. Advertising

  2. paulm

    bsr8129

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    304
    Location:
    Ontario So. Cali
    In my mom's pond she has the same things, never got a clear answer on what they are, but found they are harmless to the fish.
     
    bsr8129, Jun 10, 2010
    #2
    1. Advertising

  3. paulm

    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    9,749
    Location:
    Michigan zone 5b
    if theyre what i think your talking about theyre bloodworms and your fish would love to snack on them!
     
    koiguy1969, Jun 10, 2010
    #3
  4. paulm

    jason081180

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    327
    Location:
    WIchita Kansas
    if they are bloodworms they turn in to mosquitos so get rid of them if you don't want them biting you. either let the fish have them or try the mosquito dunks
     
    jason081180, Jun 10, 2010
    #4
  5. paulm

    koikeepr

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    North Carolina
    bloodworms turn into mosquitoes? I've never heard that before! Heck, you learn something new every darn day!!!! I guess that's why they call them "blood" worms. Hmmmm!
     
    koikeepr, Jun 10, 2010
    #5
  6. paulm

    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    9,749
    Location:
    Michigan zone 5b
    blood worms do not turn into misquitoes...they are midge larvae totally harmless..... koikeepr, there, now youve actually learned something
    on a side note ...you can buy bloodworms frozen or dried at most pet shops for your fish....
     
    koiguy1969, Jun 11, 2010
    #6
  7. paulm

    koikeepr

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    North Carolina
    which is it then? are they mosquito larvae or not? Yes, I know you can buy bloodworm as food...I expect both of you gentlemen to educate me, please. I've never claimed to know it all, and always expect to learn something....am eager to hear.
     
    koikeepr, Jun 11, 2010
    #7
  8. paulm

    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    9,749
    Location:
    Michigan zone 5b
    did you not just read my post....blood worms DO NOT turn into misquitoes...they are COMMON MIDGE LARVAE totally harmless.....
     
    koiguy1969, Jun 11, 2010
    #8
  9. paulm

    jason081180

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    327
    Location:
    WIchita Kansas
    i guess i learn something too then. i always thought they were but i looked it up and found this article.



    Bloodworms

    Bloodworms are the larval form of the Chironomidae group of Midges. These look similar to mosquitoes, but they do not bite. In fact most of them do not even eat while in the adult form. The adults only live for a short time, mating at night, and the female laying her eggs into the water while flying low over the surface.

    Worm

    The eggs hatch into a creature than looks like a worm although some people object to the name Bloodworm because they have an exoskeleton and little legs.

    Blood

    They are red which is what gives them the blood part of their name. This is caused by the presence of a form of Haemoglobin. Naturally it is not identical to Human Haemoglobin, but it is also an Oxygen carrying pigment.

    Habitat

    The Bloodworm lives near the surface of the sediment at the bottom of ponds and streams, eating the decaying plant material.

    Bloodworms are very tolerant of pollution, and will live in quite dirty water that Humans prefer to stay away from.
    Bloodworms can be present in very high concentrations.

    Enemies

    Bloodworms are good food to many things including fish and predatory insects. The Bloodworm is partially protected by the sediment they live in, but they are vulnerable when they come to the surface to change into adults. At this point of their life, many get eaten by fish.

    Species

    Although I have lumped them together under their common name, there are hundreds of different species of bloodworm that have been scientifically described, and possibly thousands that have not yet been described.
     
    jason081180, Jun 11, 2010
    #9
  10. paulm

    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    9,749
    Location:
    Michigan zone 5b
    i chop them up as fry food....i buy them tho
     
    koiguy1969, Jun 11, 2010
    #10
  11. paulm

    koikeepr

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    North Carolina
    DO NOT YELL AT ME! You need to tone down your attitude and refrain from your constant use of CAPITALS. I simply asked for you to educate me (and the others on this site), which clearly Jason was able to do quite eloquently.

    Thank you Jason for the highly informative post. It was a great read. I feel like I learned something from it that I did not know. And it appears I wasn't the only one who wasn't aware.
     
    koikeepr, Jun 11, 2010
    #11
  12. paulm

    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    9,749
    Location:
    Michigan zone 5b
    do not yell at me, for yelling at you when i didnt yell... i merely accentuated the "do not" and what they really are.....there was no yelling or attitude. i asked if you read my post, and restated what i wrote....you read into it, the attitude on your own...
     
    koiguy1969, Jun 11, 2010
    #12
  13. paulm

    koikeepr

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Perhaps you are not familiar with internet ettiquette. The moment you use caps, you are yelling. Go back and read your comments if you think there isn't tone in them. Saying things like, "did you not read...." is tone like when you're talking to a 5 year old. Excuse me for not just accepting your 10 word explanation, when I very clearly asked to be enlightened along with the others. This site, after all, is about educating other people. And that sometimes means a solid explanation--especially when another person is respectfully asking for it and wants to learn more.

    Clearly Jason understood that and was willing to take the time to enlighten us.

    Should you have any other issues, PM me. This thread is clearly done.
     
    koikeepr, Jun 11, 2010
    #13
  14. paulm

    paulm

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    28
    Location:
    ireland
    thank you all for your advise guys nothing to worry about then the little red devils can do no harm im sure the fish will enjoy feeding on them
     
    paulm, Jun 11, 2010
    #14
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. stroppy

    Red Worms !!

    stroppy, May 22, 2009, in forum: Garden Pond Talk
    Replies:
    9
    Views:
    1,402
    mrsclem
    Jun 3, 2009
  2. Johnnie

    Micro-red-infectious-worms?

    Johnnie, Aug 18, 2010, in forum: Garden Pond Talk
    Replies:
    10
    Views:
    2,124
    Johnnie
    Sep 7, 2010
  3. baeya

    Red Worms...

    baeya, Mar 15, 2012, in forum: Garden Pond Talk
    Replies:
    10
    Views:
    1,606
  4. didiok

    tiny red worms in biological filter

    didiok, Jul 19, 2012, in forum: Garden Pond Talk
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    1,478
    leet13
    Jul 27, 2012
  5. Julia

    Edible tiny red worms?

    Julia, Aug 31, 2012, in forum: Illness and Disease
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    2,228
    Julia
    Sep 3, 2012
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page