Bloodworm allergies

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Much has been written lately about bloodworm allergies. I’m sure many of you, like me, include bloodworms in your cichlid food pantry. I’ve never had a problem and I’m quite sure most of you haven’t either. However, that doesn’t mean you never will.

As this interesting article at Reef to Rainforest discussed, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to the labels on the foods you purchase for your cichlids.  Nearly anything can be an allergen. You may have a bloodworm allergy and not yet know it, especially if you’ve never handled them in the past. In fact, it doesn’t even matter what form they come in. Just because they’re frozen or freeze dried doesn’t mean you can’t, or won’t eventually, have a reaction.

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