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[Killietalk] Re: Microworm cultures
Phil has some good stuff, micro worms live on yeast - a lot of other
things live on yeast food - as long as yeast is the primary living
thing and the primary food, the Micro-worms do well. When the
bacteria take over things turn to shit. :-(
A good stir turns the culture more aerobic and eliminates the most
deleterious bacteria, it is the best thing to do with the culture
once in a while.
A CLONE of the culture when it is fresh will produce more worms than
bacteria and improve living conditions. When the flies invade, it is
time to CLONE the culture again. cheep food the yeast. The flies
bring in bacteria, used car salesmen, etc. it is better to start up a
new culture. Small cultures( a 1/4 pint) do better because of
frequent restarts, large size cultures (500 ml) do well because of
clean starts and overwhelming microworms and Yeast . . .
There are lots of ways to go with this necessary live food, but
restart when it is still clean is very important - don't restart the
bacteria, etc. keep it as clean as possible . . .
The mites, well it's another story I got some Para-dichlorobenzene
this PM, we will see . . .
Actually, I was refering to the container that you raise them in.
I use Rubbermaid Servin'Saver 1.6 pint containers. They have a good solid
snap lid. I cut about a one inch diameter hole in the lid and stuff the hole
full of filter floss. This lets the air pass through, but keeps critters out.
You have to be careful not to disturb the floss when opening and closing the
container, and always check it after closing it to verify that there are no
gaps. This has always worked for me. I use a thick slurry of oatmeal with a
pinch of yeast to start the culture. After the culture gets off to a good
start, I don't do much to it. If the worms stop climbing very far
up the side, I
add a little more water with a spray bottle. If it looks like the culture is
getting old, I just stir it up. I might also add another pinch of yeast to
reinvigorate it. I have been able to keep them going for at least 6
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