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Re: [Killietalk] Grindel Worm Question
Are you doing them with soil or soil less??
Thornapple River drainage
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From: "Dennis Heltzel" <killies at fishroom_net>
To: "killifish discussion list" <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Grindel Worm Question
>I use paradichlorobenzene also, but for me it works great on the flies,
> not so well for the mites. I guess we must be doing something different.
> I have decided that the mites aren't so bad, so I just ignore them. The
> fish like the mites just fine, as the "strain" I have sink quite nicely.
> When I see the mite population building up to the point that the worms are
> affected, then I know that it's time to divide the culture. After
> splitting the culture the mites almost all vanish overnight. I suspect the
> worms eat their carcasses because the worm population explodes and I can
> harvest from the new culture within a day or 2 of splitting it. Over time,
> the conditions seems to shift from favoring worms to favoring mites and
> when the culture gets overrun with mites, then I either toss it or split
> This system works so well for me that I never bother with any other live
> food at all. I feed the baby grindals to the fry and the larger fish get
> the larger grindals. Newly split cultures also seem to produce more large
> worms and fewer babies, so I try to keep cultures in various states all
> the time.
>> I got rid of the mites by using paradichlorobenzene (moth crystals), but
>> did not get rid of the little flies. The zippered pillow case did that. Do
>> not use naphthalene or camphor moth crystals. I got mine at the Dollar
>> store and
>> also at the Ace hardware store. I wrapped a few crystals in aluminum foil,
>> poked a couple pin holes in the foil and put it on the glass that rests on
>> the substrate and within a few weeks, no mites.
> Dennis Heltzel
> Keystone Killy Group
> SE Pennsylvania, USA
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