Just somewhere reasonably warm. Mine live in a kitchen cupboard.Where do I need to keep the pots with the culture in, warm
I have a couple of initial; questions:
1. So I need a container or two with air holes in. I have some old maggot tubs from my fishing kit I can use - but given these need to be kept inside the house in the warmth, how does one stop the microworms escaping out of the air holes?
2. How do I go about seeding the culture at the start - do I need to order an initial batch of microworms to pre-populate? if so, can anyone recommend any sources?
You do, plenty of sellers of ebay normally, or I always have spare cultures.do I need to order an initial batch of microworms to pre-populate?
I use old coleslaw or hummus pots and just prick a few small holes. If the worms start covering the lid and coming out of the holes you need to re-culture.There are some good round containers in Tesco for this purpose
Not too sure about seeding the culture but regarding the air holes, after watching a couple of YT videos, all they did was add a bit of filter wool to the lid covering the hole and kept this in place with a bit of tape.
There are some good round containers in Tesco for this purpose and, at the minute, in their "specials" isle, Aldi have really good sets of plastic boxes.
Hi all, You do, plenty of sellers of ebay normally, or I always have spare cultures. I use old coleslaw or hummus pots and just prick a few small holes. If the worms start covering the lid and coming out of the holes you need to re-culture.
It is.I read that the microworms can often be a little small (smaller than baby brine shrimp) - is that correct?
Yes I have Grindal Worms as well and the Pygmy Cories are keen on them.I've read that Grindal worms might be an alternative option, are a little lower maintenance, and are a little larger (10mm when adult) than the microworms - have you ever cultured those? Would they be too large for the Pygmy Cories?
I don't know, you would need @Edvet. I've always used ordinary potting compost (similar to coir), which is fine, but difficult to keep mite free. There may be advantages to coir, cleaning scrunchies and/or foam, I've just never tried them.Thanks Darrel. Is the Seramis a better option than the coconut fibre I see mention elsewhere?
Hi all, I don't know, you would need @Edvet. I've always used ordinary potting compost (similar to coir), which is fine, but difficult to keep mite free. There may be advantages to coir, cleaning scrunchies and/or foam, I've just never tried them.
The main issue I've had with them (other than the mites) is that they are a bit <"prone to crashing">, where you lose the entire culture. Because of that I keep four separate one litre ice cream cartons, rather than one larger culture.
I've got better at recognising the signs of an imminent crash. These are:
- Grindal Worms everywhere, all up the side of the carton and over the lid, often apparently a lot more Grindal worms than the culture actually contained.
- <"Red worm"> "Canaries" on the compost surface.
- Compost wetter than normal.
Mine <"mainly get rolled oats">, I used to use "instant oat cereal", but grinding up <"oats is a lot cheaper">. I use a pestle and mortar. I had one anyway, if I hadn't I would have carried on with the "ready brek" type instant porridge cereal.I see that most guides seem to suggest dried dog or cat food, but then I have also seen other places suggest using dedicated fish food since it will add more appropriate nutrition to the worms gut, and be more beneficial for the fish?
I'm pretty sure that someone suggested it to me when I originally got the Grindal Worm culture. I think I got them from Mark Breeze (Apistogramma keeper "microman") originally, but it may have been the advice on the KilliFish Web site <"Culturing Grindal Worms">.I never thought of rolled oats - what a good idea.
Yes they do. Flat bottom tanks are always better, but shrimp will usually help to pick them up. My pygmy corydoras would route through the sand for them, but they do burrow in within about 5 minutes. Drowning the worms first is a slightly better option. In fact I typically scrape them off the coir and collect into a pot of water before feeding. Welcome to the culture club