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Re: Vinegar eels?
I can heartily attest to Wright's method below. I had asked the
same question about a year ago and Wright's method proved best for me. I
use a salad dressing bottle. It is so easy to harvest the suckers with
almost no vinegar trace at all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wright Huntley" <huntley1 at home_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 12:02 AM
Subject: Re: Vinegar eels?
> > Kent Hunsuckle wrote:
> > O.K, my curiosity is goin. I have never heard of a vinegar eel, what are
> > they?
> They are an acid-loving tiny worm (nematode, I think) that lives in mild
> vinegar and eats sugars. They are a good food for babies too small to
> swallow bbs, particularly if you use the fresh-water-column separation
> Coffee filters and the scrub pad soak have always left me with only the
> larger worms and too much vinegar still with them. I leave water over a
> filter-floss plug over the solution for overnight, usually, and get a
> swarm that includes microscopic baby worms. A 500 cc boiling flask with
> straight neck is ideal, but a salad dressing bottle works almost as well.
> Keep your main culture in a loosely covered gallon jar with a couple of
> apple slices or some apple juice and in a 50% water solution of
> vinegar. [Sometimes distilled white vinegar has a worm-killer deliberately
> added, so it kills them
> instantly.] Fill the extraction bottle just to the neck, plug with a small
> wad of floss, and fill the neck with clear water. The worms come up
> the floss in search of air, and the vinegar does not. Suck out with a
> and squirt into the baby container.
> Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home_com
> In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated.
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