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Re: [Killietalk] Keeping them alive, was-Walter worms
After suffocating several microworm cultures with yeast I stopped using yeast at all about a year ago, I use oatmeal and baby cereal only, I get wonderful production without having to worry that the lil holes will clog up and suffocate the worms. I make up a new batch of oatmeal soup every month or so.
--------- Original Message ---------
DATE: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 22:45:00
From: Charles Harrison <charles at inkmkr_com>
To: killifish discussion list <killietalk at aka_org>
>>> I have been keeping the Walter worms in plastic containers and they crawl
>>>up the sides once they get established. I feed them baby cereal, either
>>>oatmeal or mixed work equally well.
>> Hi Gary,
>>I keep my worms in the same media and the same type containers, they
>>may be more translucent than a white or brown margarine container.
>>I use oatmeal as a media, and keep it muddy consistency, I sprinkle
>>dry yeast ( a small amount) on top of the culture and within 24
>>hours worms are climbing up the sides in enormous quantities.
>>This continues for 3 to 5 days, then it is a stir of the culture ,
>>add water and more oatmeal if necessary ( generally not every time)
>>... sprinkle more yeast and off it goes, do this with micro worms
>>all the time, no matter what I have used as a media.
>I think they must be over producing to climb the sides.................
> I think it is safe to say that the primary food for these
>small worms is yeast. The best methods of culturing yeast will
>provide the best yield of Walter/Micro/Grindal worms. Things to avoid
>are alcohol production, bacterial, fungal infection and mites.
>Cloning the cultures often seems to be the best method of keeping
>these cultures clean.
>Sounds like this Husbandry thing about changing the media (Water,
>culture media, air, etc. ) is a real important thing. Over growth of
>unwanted biological items is best kept under control by paying
>attention to what is going on in the culture . . . Worms, bugs, fish
>and the like . . .
>Back to change some more water . . .
>Charles H. Harrison, Ph. D.
>AtLasta Specialty Ink, Inc.
>4600 South Square Dr.
>High Ridge, MO 63049
>Fax (636) 677-3813
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