Bloodworms are the bright red larvae of a non-biting midge of Chironomidae family mostly found in stagnant or slow moving waters. The bloodworm has red iron-porphyrin protein in its blood and tissue which gives it its characteristic colour. This rich of haemoglobin larva is very important in the wild aquatic food chain. It’s one of the primary live foods fed to virtually all freshwater aquatic animals such as fish, frogs, shrimp, snails, salamanders, crabs, crayfish, etc. It is very readily taken by all of them. Feeding live bloodworms to your aquatic animals you will find them much healthier maintaining their true colours. It’s a perfect food for conditioning and breeding your aquatic animals.
Storage, or holding live bloodworms at cold temperatures, is a way of preserving the nutritional quality while maintaining a live food. Place the bags in the refrigerator. The bloodworms should remain alive for a few days for later feedings. Simply pour the bloodworms into a fine mesh net, rinse with fresh water, and feed. Uneaten bloodworms will not foul your aquarium, but do feed according to your aquatic animals and aquarium size.