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Old 08-20-2013, 01:07 AM   #31
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Just bought a white worm culture last night! My fish love em made my rainbows flash for the first time too!!

Don't really have any tips seeing as i just got em but the recipes here seem a lot better than the bread they came with. Gotta get me some cat food.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:09 AM   #32
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Just bought a white worm culture last night! My fish love em made my rainbows flash for the first time too!!

Don't really have any tips seeing as i just got em but the recipes here seem a lot better than the bread they came with. Gotta get me some cat food.
tips or not its just a thread for us keeping some creepy crawlies for fish food!

let me know ill add you to the list
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:37 AM   #33
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #34
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For the microworms, do you use the instant mashed potatoes? I've been reading about using oatmeal. Is one better than the other, or is it just personal preference?
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Cool ill add you tonight when I get on the computer

I know you can use both instant mashed potatoes and oatmeal

I am not getting the right consistency yet using potatoes and am going to try an oatmeal one

I make the potatoes and they seem to be a good consistency and then it sits over night and I add yeast and it comes out thinner then next day.

I'm still messing around
Me too, I restarted my culture thursday and today I have them crawling up the sides...still tons of worms in there it is just easier to harvest swiping the sides....(shrug)

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And not to discredit the mash potatoes method, dprais1 gave me a culture in it and its banging
discredit credit, I had just got the culture a few days earlier....the info I found on the web suggested that the people that tried mashed potatoes preferred them to oatmeal.

I think oatmeal may be like my decision to switch back to coconut fiber for whiteworms- it is simply more forgiving of different moisture content- with jiffy seed starter it was too wet or too dry or just right-with coco fiber everything is pretty much just right or good enough

I'll probably try oatmeal myself over the weekend.....
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #35
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anybody ever use the worm bedding for earthworms that they sell at places such as walmart?
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #36
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I'm in.

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #37
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #38
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anybody ever use the worm bedding for earthworms that they sell at places such as walmart?
you would have to think that would be a pretty good medium, you must wanna be the guinea pig

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how are the paramecium and vinegar eels to culture? have any good you tube instructional videos to share on those?

oh and what medium are you using for micros and grindals?
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:55 PM   #39
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how are the paramecium and vinegar eels to culture? have any good you tube instructional videos to share on those?
Paramecium are easy. vinegar eels are harder for me for some reason.
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oh and what medium are you using for micros and grindals?
Micros are in a slice of bread with a little yeast sprinkled on top, and the grindals are in soil. I'd like to try to move the grindals to a soil-less medium.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #40
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I have 11 tanks, various sizes from 20's-75's. I always fed a mix of flakes and frozen foods. Several months ago, I got some fresh blood worms from the LFS and my fish went nuts for them ( obviously ). The really cool part was how noticably more active and "happy" they looked the next day. This difference was also observed by my daughter. I now feed mosquito larve and glass shrimp, home grown. Soon I will be culturing grindals and white worms. Finally, a good book on the subject is "Culturing Live Foods" by Mike Hellwig. Someone may have already mentioned it.

I named my Smooth Collie Karma after "Karma Chameleon"

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Old 08-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #41
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I have 11 tanks, various sizes from 20's-75's. I always fed a mix of flakes and frozen foods. Several months ago, I got some fresh blood worms from the LFS and my fish went nuts for them ( obviously ). The really cool part was how noticably more active and "happy" they looked the next day. This difference was also observed by my daughter. I now feed mosquito larve and glass shrimp, home grown. Soon I will be culturing grindals and white worms. Finally, a good book on the subject is "Culturing Live Foods" by Mike Hellwig. Someone may have already mentioned it.

I named my Smooth Collie Karma after "Karma Chameleon"

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i drive through hawthorne woods every day, have a buddy that lives in countryside!

fat and happy describes my fish after eating them too. im wishful that a natural diet will lead to some spawns. also my mortality rate is non-existent right now. my fish seem healthier

im going to check that book out, thanks for the recomendation

i have a ton of grindal worms, if you need a starter culture let me know

dprais1 is local too and has some good cultures too micros, and whites, ect

i have a starter culture of daphnia in the mail right now too
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #42
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came home from work monday....greenwater culture destroyed. the daphnia I had destroyed.

seems that the apartment complex decided to replace the roof on the building. They were smart enough to post signs when they started the work.

I have all sorts of crap covering the surface of my outdoor barrel including a 1x8!!!
-of course I don't blame the complex I'm sure it was a last minute thing to call a contractor and set up everything and have tyhem come out the same day for major construction project.
all I can say is bozos.

And I have lots of whiteworms so if anybody wants some let me know. to warm to ship right now, so local only. free to the Culture Club members.



I started a new microworms culture of 1/2 GoLean cereal and 1/2 Fiber One cereal and a sprinkle of my worm food mix. Will update in a week or so.
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i drive through hawthorne woods every day, have a buddy that lives in countryside!

fat and happy describes my fish after eating them too. im wishful that a natural diet will lead to some spawns. also my mortality rate is non-existent right now. my fish seem healthier

im going to check that book out, thanks for the recomendation

i have a ton of grindal worms, if you need a starter culture let me know

dprais1 is local too and has some good cultures too micros, and whites, ect

i have a starter culture of daphnia in the mail right now too
Cool! Will you be at the swap? I may be bringing plants to trade. I'll post in the Illinois forum
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #44
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Cool! Will you be at the swap? I may be bringing plants to trade. I'll post in the Illinois forum
Probably will show up, maybe around 10 or 11
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came home from work monday....greenwater culture destroyed. the daphnia I had destroyed.

seems that the apartment complex decided to replace the roof on the building. They were smart enough to post signs when they started the work.

I have all sorts of crap covering the surface of my outdoor barrel including a 1x8!!!
-of course I don't blame the complex I'm sure it was a last minute thing to call a contractor and set up everything and have tyhem come out the same day for major construction project.
all I can say is bozos.
thats messed up, well once my daphnia culture gets going ill have free starters for any local guys and gals too
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