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Re: Live food culturing - was Looking for an article -
I don't know if they were tubifex but they were very
small red color worm. There were another kind of worm
that would be excellent food for killies but I don't
know what they called. They were about the size of a
hair, red color but didn't know where to buy them. I
saw them in the lotus container that I bought, and did
raise them. When I raised the worm,
I fed them spirulina pellet instead of flakefood.
--- Barry Cooper <bjc3 at cornell_edu> wrote:
> This could get confusing, because red worms is the
> term usually applied to the small earthworm commonly
> used in composing systems. They are also excellent
> food for fish large enough to take them. They are
> considerably larger than blackworms.
> I suspect that Robert is referring to tubifex, which
> are smaller than blackworms. It is difficult to find
> a source of true tubifex these days.
> Jeremy Adams (and I) are still looking for a copy of
> the article that Rosario LaCorte published years ago
> on raising blackworms in a backyard pool. The post
> earlier was accurate as far as it went, but we'd
> like to get the actual article.
> At 11:01 AM 12/21/2001 -0800, you wrote:
> >Let me correct Mr. Huntley here. I raised red worm
> >instead of black worm. Red worm is much smaller,
> >easier to collect and you can't buy red worm. The
> >California "blackout" wipe them out as I didn't
> >electricity for 3 days. I was busy saving my
> >marine/cichlid/discus instead of worm.
> >You can set up tanks outside in the shade. They
> >lot of oxygen in the tanks. I was using air-blower
> >it was not a problem. I think it is worth it to
> >redworm. In general, worm should not be fed more
> >twice a week.
> >Blackworm get can quite large if you raise them.
> >--- Wright Huntley <jwwiii at pacbell_net> wrote:
> >> JayCLangdon at aol_com wrote:
> >> >
> >> > I'm curious about how many people are raising
> >> their own live food (other than
> >> > bbs).
> >> A lot of us have raised various microfoods, as
> >> as grindals, white worms,
> >> Dapnia, etc. Mosquito larvae are a staple of my
> >> diet during summer.
> >> Check out the live foods list at
> >> http://WWW.ActWin.Com/fish/live-foods/ for
> >> lots of info and archives on these subjects.
> >> >
> >> > Specifically, regarding blackworms. What do
> >> need to do to raise them?
> >> Too much tank space and labor to be worth it,
> >> according to some who have
> >> tried.
> >> Robert Nhan shared the "discus paranoia" about
> >> parasites (which Barry
> >> Cooper, a Vet Pathologist, says are unfounded) so
> >> harvested half of each
> >> 10G tank each day from 7 tanks (2-week cycle).
> >> aeration and sand
> >> bottoms, and fed cheap flakefood. Finally decided
> >> was just too much work
> >> for the results. Took up too much good fish
> >> too. [70G of growout water
> >> and shelving is not to be sneezed at.]
> >> Around here, we get great farm-raised CA
> >> for as little as $10/lb.
> >> http://aquaticfoods.com/ will ship overnight,
> >> anywhere in the US mainland for
> >> about twice that, which is still a lot of
> >> food for the buck,
> >> compared to most LFS prices.
> >> I have always kept them in the blue worm keepers
> >> a refrigerator. 1/2 pound
> >> in each of two such trays allowed me to alternate
> >> feedings and do a 100% water
> >> change every other day when I fed. They stayed
> >> lively and fresh indefinitely,
> >> like that.
> >> I see flukes or leeches in the blackworms, that
> >> easy to remove by hand.
> >> Those have never been found on my fish, tho. I
> >> suspected that hydra might
> >> come in with them, but can't prove it. Those are
> >> obvious and easy to
> >> eliminate, anyway.
> >> Most health problems with blackworms seem to me
> >> be water problems from the
> >> extra-rich food. Changes are much more vital if
> >> feeding rich, conditioning
> >> foods. YMMV.
> >> Wright
> >> --
> >> Wright Huntley -- 650 856-4245 -- 879 Clara Dr.
> >> Alto CA 94303
> >> The San Francisco Bay Area Killifish Assn. (BAKA)
> >> has a new web
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