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Re: Harvesting Grindal Worms/smelliness/nutrition.
my method is similar to Bills. If you keep the coir wet enough the
worms congregate at the surface in massive numbers. I use a couple of cover
glasses and find relatively clean worms congregate on the surface of the glass
and the sides of the container. in large numbers. I then use an artists paint
brush to sweep up worms and just swish them straight in to the tank. I believe
that is is better to keep the interior of the container quite humid. If the
interior surfaces of the container are dry, the worms tend not to climb out of
the wet coir. For this reason I provide no ventilation hole, and periodically
use a plant mist sprayer to damp down the interior. You could try sticking
plastic strips vertically into the substrate. The worms seem to "love" to climb
and by doing this you can drasically increase the surface area from which you
can harvest clean worms, especially if you are feeding enough.
I have been feeding exclusively instant oat cereal. I was thinking
of adding variety and was interested to hear what others were using. The good
thing with using cereal is that the smell is not too bad. Do any of these other
foods adversely affect the smell of the culture. Does anyone know if feeding a
variety of foods to the culture actually translates to an increase in the
nutritional value of the worm. Common sense would hint at this being the case,
but who knows? Is the worm capable of metabolising proteins for example?I
thought "you are what you eat" to a bit of an old wives tale.
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