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To my surprise,
KI>I also found a large patch of tubifex worms. I scooped up a bunch of the
KI>muck that they lived in and brought it home. There is a mixture of sand,
KI>muck and slimy plant debris. Any one have a good solution for separating
KI>the worms out from the gunk? I have rinsed away any thing that can be
KI>rinsed but the worms are still all entwined with the slimy rotting plant
KI>debris. They are currently sitting in a dish pan of water. I hoping they
KI>will separate on their own but they look pretty content in the gunk.
I've never been fortunate enough to come across tubifex "in the wild,"
so I haven't actually done this. However, Innes (Exotic Aquarium Fishes)
says to put the worms in a bucket and direct a stream of water onto them
to break up the clump and wash away the dead worms and other debris. If
I remember correctly, he also says to wash thoroughly (whatever that
means) and to store in a cool place with water dripping into the bucket.
Innes also mentions that these worms are also found in pretty filthy
water conditions. Where did you find yours? I know there has been a
discussion within the past few months about the safety of feeding these
worms, but I don't think a consensus was reached.
Hope this helps. Probably the more experienced killiekeepers will be
able to tell you more.
raining again in Ohio
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