Since adding my motos to my 360, the RTG has been picking them off the tongs before I can get them down to the rays. Are they bad for aros to eat? I have yet to see anyone include nightcrawlers as part of their aro's diet.
hey gerry, use a pvc pipe when you feed the rays. in my 210, i just got a ray and tankmates are rtg, st, indo tiger, ngt and ff. all eat prawn. so i use the pvc pipe to get food down and spot feed my ray. everytime my ray sees that pipe, he comes right at it. there was no way at all that she could get any good with those monsters in my tank. try it. works for me.
also, i had a red aro with 2 marbles before. didnt do the pvc thing and my red would always eat the worms. ive had no health issues. red ate a ton of it too.
great idea M....I know when I use the tongs to get the MP's to the rays before...the IT's, parrots, Aro and Tig would all fight for the MP and chase it all over the tank...I just got rid of most of the tankmates . But the PVC is a good idea...
100% works. ive tried tongs before. food always get taken. pvc works well for rays cuz there is 0 chance for anything to grab whatever is in there. just cut to the height of your tank and a bit extra to grab the pipe out of the water. your hand wont even get wet by using this technique.
Great idea Mike, will definitely remember that one.
As for night crawlers being bad for the fish, just make sure that their source is okay. A while back in Vancouver there was a fellow who used nightcrawlers purchased from a corner gas store. He ended up losing some very expensive birchirs. Turned out the dirt that the night crawlers was in had a petroleum smell to it. Opinion was that the worms may have been contaminated by petroleum products which then harmed the fish.
Where are you getting your nightcrawlers Gerry?
Mike, have you been out to Berry's Bait and Tackle in Richmond? He will sell big night crawlers at discount by the 100's if you ask.
In addition to nightcrawlers, I have been using "red wrigglers" for a while now. They are the smaller red earth worms you get if you have an outdoor compost system. The nice thing about using these is I know exactly what they have been feeding on.