I just got back about 10 minutes ago. I bought 2. And some gatorade... The guy at the checkout gave me a funny look, so I explained "it's for my animals", and he was like "the worms or the gatorade?" I chuckled.
Then I went to Home Depot and stocked up on organic top soil before they stop stocking it for the summer.
Another good way to get earthworms is to invest in a compost heap for kitchen vegetable waste (preferably a plastic type with a lid and open bottom to allow worm access). Its good for the environment as it reduces waste going to landfill and provides good stuff to put on your garden. It also provides a large number of organic worms. I agree that putting eggshells in helps raise the calcium levels in the earth worms. I have a large readily available supply of worms for my axie and he loves them. It also stops me having to search for them! I just lift the lid and there are always loads on the lid and on the top of the heap. Only put stuff that hasnt been in contact with chemicals ie fertilizer/weedkiller/pesticide in there. My garden is 100% organic anyway as I use no chemicals, so everything is safe to go in there. Failing that do you have any neighbours who already have compost heaps that they would let you raid for worms? That way they are free!
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Hi all I'm new here I'm just looking some advise on cycle witch is currently driving me insane . So we are week 8 I'm dosing daily with 4pp of amonia and for the last week has been dropping to zero witch I no is good. But my question is my nitrites are sitting at between 0.50 and 1.0 PM and nitrates are between 10 and 20 and neither of these seem to be dropping. I have done 2 40% water changes a few days ago and no change the only thing I can think of is I didnt use the seachem stability stuff which I have now ordered but surely that shouldn't have much difference this far into cycling
Dropping ammonia with rising nitrate and nitrite is good. It means the nitrifying bacteria is working. You just have to remove the nitrate from the water doing water changes. The level of nitrates is high and the nitrate is also high. The nitrite will be converted to nitrate using the beneficial bacteria and you can add them using quick start or allowing them to naturally grow in the tank. The latter option will take longer. The nitrate can be used by plants, so live plants can decrease the levels, but I would do a water change to get the nitrate at a level that is lower than 5 ppm. 5ppm of nitrate is natural and a good place.