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Grindal Worm issues

Hello all, I wasn't sure where to post this. I kind of wish these boards had a live food section...

Anyhow, I culture some of my own foods, microworms, blackworms, daphnia, and now recently grindals.

I ordered some from an ebay auction. When they arrived they all looked dead. A few moved but most were completely lifeless. I added them all to my container which contained a peat-topsoil mix. I placed a small piece of dog food in there and 4 weeks later I can only find 2 living worms. Also there are a TON of mites in there.

The person I got them from said they will bounce back and to give them a couple weeks...it's not been a month, is it safe to say they are dead? Will those 2 worms I did find reproduce eventually and if so how long will it take?

I just want to know if I should start over? Maybe buy some more from someone and begin a new culture?

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There is a live food thread in the 'Fish' forum.

There are more worms there than you can see. It'll take a few months for the population to bounce back. The tons of mites is a sign you're putting in too much food. Cut back. I'm dealing with minor mites issue now too. I pulled out my microscope to see and they aren't pretty.

I ordered a bag of diatomaceous earth and will see if this will kill off the mite population.

I use coconut fibers from the pet store as their bedding. It works pretty well and I feed them 'earth's best' organic multigrain baby food (sold through Target). The population grows pretty fast.

Give it another month, if nothing happens, PM me. I'll give you a hunk of grindals.


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Same here. Happy to send you grindals if your population doesn't come around.

I've found that I'm able to cut the mite population down when I mist with heavily chlorinated water.


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Awesome! I will keep an eye on the population and put less food in. I will add you guys as friends and let you know if things don't pan out.
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Also I can't believe I have been a member since 2003 and never noticed the live foods section of the fish boards!
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I sprayed with diatomaceous earth. It completely wiped out the mites.
I think it affected the worms too but not too much. They can bounce back. The DE dries out/dehydrates any bugs.


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