Can Cichlids Eat Bloodworms? Do They Like Them

Most fish love to have a treat on the odd occasion, especially cichlids, they love to try new food to switch up their diet.

Bloodworms can be eaten by cichlids. Although feeding cichlids treats is ok, it shouldn’t be done too often as they need to have a balanced diet, hence why there is specific food that they should eat daily. However, a treat once in a while is acceptable.

Just like you and me with chocolate, cichlid fish want to indulge in a treat too.

Can Cichlids Eat Bloodworms

Are Bloodworms Good For Cichlids?

Bloodworms are the perfect treat for cichlids as they are filled with protein, but they are only good for them when given in moderation.

Despite most cichlids being ok to eat bloodworms, there are a few types of the cichlid species which should not have a large number of bloodworms due to the amount of protein in them. The reason for this is because some types of cichlids are herbivorous in their natural habitat. Herbivorous means they feed off of plants instead of meat, for example, the Malawi Mbunas cichlid is herbivorous. Most cichlids are carnivorous eaters which means that they will eat meat, including bloodworms.

Can All Fish Eat Bloodworms?

99% of fish can and will eat bloodworms, and this is why they are often used as bait when fishing. Bloodworms are suitable as a treat for all carnivorous and omnivorous freshwater and saltwater fish. But, not all fish should eat bloodworms. It is entirely dependent on whether they are herbivorous, omnivorous or carnivorous.

Can Cichlids Eat Mealworms?

For the smaller species of cichlids, we wouldn’t recommend feeding them mealworms due to the exoskeleton.

Though, for the larger species of cichlids which are omnivorous or carnivorous eaters, mealworms can be an appropriate treat once in a while. You can feed mealworms to your cichlids both alive or dead. Most fish can eat mealworms, and as long as it can fit in their mouth, then there is no need to worry. Many large cichlid owners have found that their fish love them. We would not recommend feeding them mealworms daily, only occasionally.

Can Cichlids Eat Wax Worms?

Like bloodworms and mealworms, wax worms can be fed to your cichlids occasionally as a treat as long as they are omnivorous or carnivorous eaters. Herbivorous eaters should have a small amount of meat in their diet, so it is ok to feed them the one wax worm on the odd occasion.

If you choose to provide your cichlid with a wax worm as a treat you want to ensure that the wax worm is small enough to fit inside of the cichlid’s mouth.

Even though feeding these three different types of worms is ok for your cichlid fish to have as a treat, we would recommend that they are only bought from a professional marine/pet store.  There is always the risk of disease, bacteria, infections, etc. being brought into your aquarium, and it could potentially make your fish ill.