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Re: Microworm infestation

> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 07:01:02 -0400
> From: "Dan McMonigle" <mcdaphnia at lycos_com>
> Subject: Microworm infestation
> >
> >Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 16:14:03 -0500
> >From: "Tomoko Schum" <tomokoschum at knology_net>
> >Subject: Grindal worm bedding
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >I am wondering how often you all are changing the
> >grindal worm bedding.  Due to microworm infestation in
> >my grindal worm boxes I need to renew my bedding rather
> >often. 
> Have you considered the possibility that this could be a soil nematode instead of a microworm, perhaps a scant distinction?
> http://www.mysunrise.ch/users/choegger/index.html#nema

Either I have never experienced a problem with microworms in Grindals, or some
of the reports here are confusing me.

In a healthy, growing Grindal culture, I always have a generous percentage of
immature worms that are roughly microworm size. Using the cover-glass
collection method has always allowed me to selectively harvest the tiniest
worms for baby food, and the larger ones for juvies. They migrate to different
locations from the food pit. 

Only Lampeyes and other tiny-mouth fish normally get Grindals in my fishroom.
I like the immature Grindals, for that means I don't have to smell
bacteria-overrun microworm cultures. :-)

I once tried to start microworms from a Grindal culture. It didn't work, for


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