|Young Convict Cichlids|
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I don't really understand why life feed out-beats dry feed, but it does. The nutritional content is the same. Maybe some necessary chemicals and ingredients are more efficiently and readily absorbed which boosts growth in comparison to digesting dry feed. if you are going live feed, one important thing to note is the high possibility of diseases and parasites, especially in tubifex worms. Yes, live feed damn right increases the chance of diseases. It all depends on the source. If the live feed is caught in the wild, be sure to have a lot of bad stuff along with it. The rest is up to the fish's health and immunity. stressed fish are more susceptible to diseases. As far as parasites are concerned, they stick in the gut and utilize most of the nutrition and the fish will appear Mal-nourished, lanky, flat (you will know). A common way to kill parasites is to give salt water treatment. Live feed which is taken from clean cultures is more reliable. You can start your own cultures too, but that's an altogether new topic. I might put that too up here. In the mean time you can Google it.