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"Barry J. Cooper" wrote:
> >Two months ago, when Lowell Patrick brought bulk blackworms to our club
> >meeting, I deferred buying some because I was ignorant about keeping and
> >feeding them. I wish I'd bought some (now that I see what the prices are for
> >small quantities ) and bugged somebody to fill me in on the care and feeding
> >of these critters. Lowell's comment, "If you want eggs, this will do it!"
> >lingers in my memory.
> >So, what is the best way to keep blackworms and what should I be wary of?
> >I'm considering talking a few locals into going in on a bulk purchase, if I
> >can be confident about the methods of use.
> >Tom Payne
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> The best way to keep them, IMHO, is to put a handful in a tray with about
> 1/2 to 1 inch water and keep them in an old refigerator. It is possible to
> buy special trays that have a screen bottom, which fit into outer trays
> that hold the water. They are even better. The idea is to keep them just
> wet and cold. Wash them and change water every day, or two at the most.
To that I would add that the water should be shallow, as they can breathe
through their tails. They can live submerged if widely spread out, but when
thick they need extra air that way. Let them touch the surface.
The special trays Barry mentioned keep them close to the surface but greatly
increase the volume of water, so changes can be a bit less frequent. Keep
them clean. Don't feed if they get stinky. Change water until the bad smell
is gone before resuming feeding.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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