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Breeding Earthworms for small animals

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chwan

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Hi all, I decided to breed the earthworm and I wish I can provide small earthworm as food for the small newts or salamanders. But I don't know how can do that. So, anyone give me some advice or information ??? Thank You!
 
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chwan

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Hi Jennifer, ^_^
What level of humidity of the soil is suit for breeding earthworms??? I found that if the soil is too wet, they will come out from the container and they tends to be dry out themselves. >_<
 
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jennifer

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The container should have very small drainage holes, so water can come out the bottom. The substrate should retain moisture well. If both these are true, then the moisture level will be right.

It is always a problem that worms will tend to crawl out when they are first introduced. And randomly at other times, a few will crawl out.
 
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peter

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Hi guys

i want to feed earthworms to my axolotls.

but, what's the best way to "clean" earthworms out?
by that i mean that want to feed my new earthworms so they cleanse themselves out from any potential parasites etc that they may already have.
i have obtained many large earthworms from my fathers compost/manure pile.
i'm sure that there must be things living in that compost/manure pile that i really don't want to pass onto my ax's.

i was thinking along the lines of; mulching fresh vegetable matter and placing the cleaned/washed earthworms into this vegie mulch, i intend to do this a couple of times before i feed them to my ax's.
is this over the top or does this sound reasonable?

peter
 
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jennifer

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I would worry that the "veggie mulch" would rot too much and you'll end up with a mess. I'd recommend making up a container of damp coconut fiber bedding (Bed-a-beast or similar) or peat moss and let them loose in that for a week. You could bury a few small pieces of banana peel or other veggie material as food. In essence, you'd put them into the kind of setup you'd use to culture compost worms.
 
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jesper

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The humidity level / setup preferred depends very much on which species you are trying to culture.
Most prefer moist material. The ones that don't reproduce slowly and are not very suitable for food cultures...The ones with permanent burrows should also be excluded.

The more moisture and nutrition(especially) the more often the worms will become ill (due to bacterial activity I suppose). The nutrition should be limited so it doesn't go bad - this is sometimes difficult to see without stirring the colony(which is not popular since many worms(like Eisenia hortensis) make semipermanent "burrows".

Pure manure has been used with very good results - ie very high humidity levels but rather low nutrition levels(Eisenia hortensis).
 
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    its around 3 small pieces in the tank. Since i've just moved homes, my axolotl is still at my old house. Yesterday i fed him bloodworms and he missed a few. I couldnt get them out without a turkey baster and decided to let them sit because i was gonna move him to the house tomorrow. But now its late and I dont have a car and my dad wont drive me. Will he be fine?
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    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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  • JulMl:
    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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