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    Freeze Dried Bloodworms

    Obviously, now is a bad time of year for the plants to catch live prey and I have all these tropical and sub-tropical sundews that are being kept in growth mode. I also have a cannister of Freezed Dried Bloodworms and was wondering just how effective this food is for them, particularly since they are devoid of fluids and normally the plants ingest those fluids from live prey, leaving behind the skeleton. Am I just wasting my time and setting them for mold?

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    I usually crush a few bits into smaller pieces, place the small bits with tweezers and mist lightly. Some people wet the bits before feeding but I've found the only thing stickier then Drosera mucilage is wet bloodworm.

    Keeping the size of the pieces down and wetting leads to more complete digestion in a shorter amount of time and thus less fungus/mold growth.

    This applies to dried fish food flakes too. Often the main ingridient of flakes is bloodworm!
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    Thanks for the tips. What about the nutricional value, since it's normally the vital fluids (I think) that get used and those are gone?

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    I thought very little nutrition is lost in the freeze dry process. The food is frozen which locks most of the nutrients then the ice is sublimated in a vacuum leaving much of the nutrients behind.
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    Oh... I didn't know that. I thought I was feeding them what they would normally leave behind.

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    The freeze dried bloodworms are good for Drosera and Pinguicula. Try a light spray of water after you feed, it seems to help the digestion.
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    Just so long as you don't feed them to neps! At least, I keep seeing that FDBW's will kill nep pitchers... I would assume that overfeeding is an issue with them from what I've seen as some people swear by them, other loathe their existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamlin Dawnstar View Post
    The freeze dried bloodworms are good for Drosera and Pinguicula. Try a light spray of water after you feed, it seems to help the digestion.

    I will heretofore do so!

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