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Culturing blackworms

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joseph

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Well, I overloaded my culture and everyone died due to foul water...but I would like to show you guys the site I got the idea of culturing them from. It appears that the main factors are clean moving water and food.
 
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joseph

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Tried again and this time things seem to be running for long term. Got lots of little worms now.
 
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s1ren

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I *finally* found a LFS that carries live blackworms. I bought some today, and am going to try culturing them.

I've never cultured any kind of food organism before, so I'm kind of nervous about it. I read the above websites - I'm glad they were posted here.

Here goes nothing! *crosses fingers*

Also, I found this linked from AquaticFoods.com's "farm" page:
http://www.simplydiscus.com/library/foods_nutritions/livefood_cultures/blackworms_cultures.shtml

(Message edited by s1ren on February 25, 2006)
 
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jennifer

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S1ren, that's the best set of instructions I've seen yet for culturing blackworms. But note that even this person admits that the culture doesn't produce a lot of worms. Unfortunately, this is the big drawback to culturing them. If you need any significant quantity, it may work better to just buy them.

One thing I've noticed in tanks that have blackworms living in them: the worms never "go after" flake food or pellets. But if there is a leftover chunk of earthworm, they will invade it - I assume they are eating it. If I were trying to culture them again, I'd feed them an occasional chunk of worm rather than fish food.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
 

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Culturing black worms:
Use those big rubber maid "sweater boxes" with the largest bottom surface area. they will need to be around 6 inches deep. Bottom area and water volume/quality are the main limiting factors. Use a sponge filter so the water moves without disturbing the substrate. I've used regular playground sand that has been thoroughly rinsed (about 1.5" deep). The best food I've used so far is 2 year old algae wafers for plecos and other algae eaters(left overs from when I had a tropical tank). I imagine turtle pellets may work as well?

To harvest: just swirl the water around and scoop up witha net or use one of those irrigation syringes or turkey basters and suck em up.

The key to getting this working is not using whole pound of worms in one container, Its just like cycling a aquarium.

I was out of town for a month and half for work, and I didn't want the fish sitter to deal with worms ( i dont think he wanted to either). I didn't have time to clean out the culture container, I just unplugged it and harvested as many as I could. When I came back I was suprised that I had enough to feed my tanks for 3 days.

Well anyway, I think this is my first post. I'm more of a fish guy (NA natives), I had a tiger salamander once. But I was too young and probably underfunded too, but I'm gonna try it again. I've got 3 of N. viridescens on the way next week. I'm going to house them in a 75g planted via the walstad method. This week I've been capturing various invertabrates to see If I can get them established in the tank before the predators arive. I'll keep ya posted
 

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Thanks for the post Frank. That is invaluable info. I long since gave it up. I think the main problem is getting the worms actively feeding/fragmenting rather than surviving.

I introduced some worms into my C. e. popei tank and over time little worms appeared. However, the population soon dwindled to nothing. I suspect a combination of the worms slowly starving(and thus getting smaller/skinnier as time went on), and the newts eating the bigger worms.
 
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    I think it is always best to get them out asap but probably two days or so.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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