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Re: [Killietalk] Tubifex
LeeH920226 at aol_com wrote:
I have contacted the distributor of tubifex in our area who was the source we
got them from before the LFS closed. He has agreed to resume delivery to that
business, which is now not a LFS, but will not deliver to anyone else. This
is because every other dealer he has delivered them to had problems keeping
them alive (I think that may be an exaggeration). I then contacted the LFS and he
agreed to this arrangement. We may be back in business.
How about shipping to the west? Or does he have an LA counterpart?
I can appreciate his problem with survival at some stores. Sometimes I
feel the LFS business is just a magnet for morons! Some of the ways they
keep blackworms have to be seen to be believed, and you cannot tell them
I have added photos
to members gallery of a paint strainer and a coffee filter that I had available
for comparison with the worm keepers. I don't think the paint strainer would
retain either worm. I think the coffee filter would work, except it is in the
shape of a cone instead of flat.
Flat is essential, because the aim is to give the worms a shallow
habitat near the surface of a large cold body of water. There are coffee
filters with flat screens, but the ones I have for camping are too
small. It would take 8 or 10 of them to hold a pound of worms. [They are
designed to sit in a camp cup.] Check the "Dollar" stores or "Big Lots"
for larger flat-bottom ones, if not at your local K-Mart or Wally World.
Since I have ample "free" water, I would build a tiered gutter-trough
system that would keep them purged and alive in almost any weather we
have here. It comes out of the tap at 45F this time of year and probably
not over 55 or 60 in summer. The creek behind my fence is probably
similar, but a bit colder, right now. Get me a shipping source, come
spring, and I'll start to build it. Film at 11 (aka The Member's Gallery).
Wright Huntley -- 760 872-3995 -- Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514
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