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Re: Tubifex culturing
> My current method is quite similar to your friend's: I boil and decant
> garden peat moss about four times, to reduce acidity. Unboiled peat
> apparently is too acid -- in my hands the worms die in it. Put about
> 1/2-1" of the peat on the bottom and add Tubifex. I have *very light*
> aeration to take care of overfeeding.
Would a clay soil work? It would be more neutral. Also, you could sift the
clay through a very fine mesh net or cheesecloth, then do so again when
harvesting. I haven't tried this with tubifex, but have had some luck with
bloodworms in potting soil that was washed through a nylon stocking. It gave
rise to a very fine, very easily disturbed bottom in the bucket I used. I
could then pour the bucket through a clean nylon, wash thoroughly back into
the bucket, and I had the bloodworms. I just never attracted enough adult
flies to get a decent output.