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This is a discussion on Substrate for White Worms within the White and Grindal worms (Enchytraea) forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I am currently experimenting with substrate. I found that I have big white worms in a soil substrate (got those ...

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I am currently experimenting with substrate. I found that I have big white worms in a soil substrate (got those soil from earthworm container after I used up the earthworm I got from the baitshop.). I have very small white worm from a coconut fiber substrate. While I have a mix of big and small white worms in a peatmoss substrate. The soil substrate culture is in a bigger bin, does that yield bigger worms?

What was your previous experience with White worms and substrate?

I have my original culture crashed before and these three cultures are newly established using three different type of substrate.



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I use coco pith and it works fine for months without changing.



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Do you think your white worms are small using that substrate? I haven't seen any big white worms in my coco substrate at all. Although the population seems to be increasing.

In comparison, the soil substrate are mainly big white worms. Unless, I have two different species from my original culture and I have separated the two species selectively at first by size to start the new cultures.



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When the whiteworm population is booming, there will be mostly small ones. When the culture is reproducing more slowly, more of them will be large. I doubt that the substrate is the reason for the difference, but I could be wrong.



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I am currently experimenting with substrate. I found that I have big white worms in a soil substrate (got those soil from earthworm container after I used up the earthworm I got from the baitshop.). I have very small white worm from a coconut fiber substrate. While I have a mix of big and small white worms in a peatmoss substrate. The soil substrate culture is in a bigger bin, does that yield bigger worms?

What was your previous experience with White worms and substrate?

I have my original culture crashed before and these three cultures are newly established using three different type of substrate.
I have used coco in the past, and have also used majic garden peat, it comes prewet. You have to change some of the substrate every so often, temp between 55-65. I have my cultured in 2 foot rubbermaid containers since 1988.



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I have my culture in coco bedding and it seems to do fine.



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