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RE: miniature redworms

Hello All,
I have been following this thread and figured I'd throw in my experiences
I have been keeping redworms that I purchased from a company named Jones
Worms located in Tennessee or Arkansas (don't remember). In this culture
there are literally hundreds if not thousands of tiny redworms ( less than
1/2 inch long) that my Sunfish, Bluegills, Cichlids, adult Bettas and larger
killies (Akure, gabunense ,pachy O's and Ep. Dageti) devour with gusto. I
was not aware of any "yellow toxin". It's pretty obvious to me that my fish
didn't know about the bad taste either. Although I will admit that I don't
know the genetic background of these redworms and maybe mine are from a
different strain of worms and do not have a bad taste to my fish. The
culture does not have any really objectionable smell, it just smells like
wet peat moss to me. Kind of a musty dirt smell. My worms will eat most any
organic matter I throw in there, such as stale bagels, banana peels, stale
crackers, moldy bread, vegetables etc.

Mine are kept in moist/damp peat moss and the peat is covered with a few
sheets of newspaper most of the time. I find that if the peat gets too wet
the newspaper will wick away any excess water. The newspaper will be eaten
by the worms eventually and I replace it after 2 or 3 months or when it is

            Jim Eller

>>Also this chap sells "miniature redworm" cultures (plus grindle worms,
>>white worms, vinegar worms &c):
>>keithgregg at hotmail_com
>>He told me by e-mail that miniature redworms produce baby worms the size
>>adult whiteworms. I've cultured whiteworms successfully but the "miniature
>>redworm" I know nothing about except what is stated at websites like
>>windle. I presume everyone's well aware the "redworm" used in composts,
>>even if not raised in composts, excrete a yellow toxin that fish & herps
>>find distasteful, & which smell vile to human noses so there's no
>>them. If the "miniaturized" redworm is really just this compost worm
>>under stunting circumstances, it might not be appropriate for feeding --
>>I'm just wondering.

>>paghat the ratgirl