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Help me with Bloodworms please

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hello, I am from central India, I am trying to culture bloodworms for my turtles since last one month , searched a lot at internet but got failed , because first I went near pond and digged mud there and found some small worms stuck in moist mud (not wet mud), so I thought those are bloodworms and then I came home and kept them in bucket filled with water and some dead leaves for 15 days ,small round rocks and stuff but later I realized that those were earthworms not bloodworms, then I tried to culture earthworms , went to another location and caught earthworms put them in coco moss but after few days all earthworms were dead because the moss was not good and no one sells here peat moss, only thing available here is coco coir moss , so I went again and caught some more earthworms put those in square shape tub and well aerated but they all died again because of same moss then i realized that it is problem of MOss, then today again I went third time to catch theearthworms and put those in a circle shaped tub with cardboard bedding now lets see what will happen, temperature here now a days is around 20-26Celcius because of rainy season and No one sells here earthworms or bloodworms because there are very few aquarium keepers and I asked few people outside my city (some 300miles away) they get their bloodworms supply by the drainage cleaner person, who go into sewage/drainage and catch bloodworms from there and sell them to friend (who is 300 miles away).( I dont have any person here to do this work for me)

My question are as follows-

Q1. DO I have midge fly here ? I have common household flies ,fruit flies,dragon flies, mosquitoes etc.

[[ I have overhead concrete water tank 2000 liters for household water supply , it is in open area but with a cover having hole 8by8inches (which is open always) for water pipe to fill it, I clean it from to time(in two/three month, It have big holes to insert pipe for filling it but I never saw bloodworms in it. I daily fill the tank with tap/chlorianted or hard water , depends on supply of water. ]]

Q2. if I put a small tub with dead leaves at my open roof with NET cover then how midge fly will get in ? and if i dont put net then you said that mosquitoes wont let midge fly develop so I am confused what type of net to put , if I put bigger net then mosquitoes will also go in , so will it be ok to put fine net like 1/2mm net at tub for bloodworms.

Q3. Where to keep the tub filled with dead leaves and rainy water I collected ? in dark room or at my house's roof ?

read this too http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=195002

Please add anything if you feel I should know for culturing bloodworms
Thanks a lot
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I think India may get too hot for midge flies to develop. Here in Seattle, they arrive before and after mosquitos, in spring and fall, when the temperatures are pretty low still.

They look similar to mosquitos but don't bite.
 

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You can try to search in stagnant pools of water, you will see bloodworms clinging to leaves or the sides of buckets or branches under water. They look exactly like the bloodworms you buy in the store. If you can find bloodworms, harvest those and then keep them in a bucket with a screen on top. They will eventually hatch into flies and reproduce in the bucket

I don't think adults eat, so no worries about feeding the adults.
 

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thanks for replying but right now at my place there is rainy season since last 30~40 days and temperature is around 21minimum in night and 25maximum in day , rest time temperature is in between like 24,25in daytime , please tell me where should I search them for ? what possible places can have bloodworms around me , like some lake or something , please suggest some places where can I go and look for them.

Thanks

Also, when I say cool temperatures, they show up here when it's 10-13 Celsiu.

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Tubifex are a nematode, an actual worm. Blood worms are larvae. An easy way to identify blood worms is they have segmented bodies with a head and a tail. They move by spasming making a 'C' shape and then straightening over and over.

Spirulina is fine as a food, maybe some soft brown leafs as well. I don't feed mine since they appear naturally in my ponds.
 
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