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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Good idea to seed aqua soil with black worms?

Has anyone done this? I figured they would keep my cories well fed and assist in keeping the soil healthy. Or would the worms just deplete the soil faster? Is there a more suitable worm?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 02:15 AM
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About the question: see I did a simple search for "black worms" in this forum and found lots of stuff, including this post. I recall one discussion a year or so ago, maybe less, where it said it was ok to grow black worms in the tank, but not the best idea, for some reason.

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I tried this, but they need COLD water to breed, which is why they're stored in the fridge, and they die off rather quick without regular water changes in their jar.

When I tried it, my cories found them and ate all of them anyways before they were able to propogate.
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I inquired about this on another forum a while ago and they said it was a great idea. It is not uncommon to seed tanks with these guys in the ray keeping world People will cycle a tank with a little fish food and some black worms. I don't think they need cool water just don't like hot water (86 degrees Fahrenheit). From what I understand they eat food/dead matter and produce good waste for plants, they are very popular in aquaculture. I've noticed in my planted tank that I seeded they will ball up in java moss and other ground cover. They will also borrow in the substrate and they stick an end out to grab food from the water column looking like small little fleshy anemones.
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If you don't mind the sight of them, go for it. Make sure to give plenty of circulation/O2 and temps lower than 80. I had a batch living in my 10G until I wiped them out with high heat.

You can try tubifex too.

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Tubifex are much easier.
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I thought tubifex were horrible about carrying disease and parasites....???

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I don't think tubifex are inherently dirty/pathogen ridden/etc., but I think I remember hearing that they could live very well in dirty water (i.e.: sewage lines, etc.), and that some of the harvested ones may have come from some of these filthy environs.

If you can keep them alive in a quarantine tank for a bit, might avoid this issue. or it might not, I've never kept them before, I'm just trying to remember stuff I heard quite a while ago...
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