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                           White Worms

 
 
 
 
 

     These are a hardy, nutritious species of White Worm that does not
     need to be refrigerated, or even to be kept cool! This is not the
     common species of white worm usually traded and maintained in the
     hobby. Many choose not to keep white worms because they will die out
     if kept too warm. These do not need to be kept cool or refrigerated.

     They were discovered accidentally- Here is the story. As mentioned
     at the page on keeping Red Worms, we feed ground Chicken feed to the
     Red Worms. In the spring of 2015 a new organic brand was offered to
     me, and within that chicken feed were the eggs of this room
     temperature species of white worm. They multiplied within the red
     worm containers, living in the moist peat, and feeding from the chicken
     feed. Others keeping these worms have since found that they will feed
     from the same diet used for other white worms- oatmeal, bread, etc.

     Though identified as White Worms by many hobbyists that claimed
     to know them well (I do not) some customers have written to say
     they may actually be a species of grindal worm. I have found them
     to be prolific  nutritious and easy to care for, whichever they are.

     I gradually introduced them to the fish, who eat them eagerly, and
     after 18 months of learning how best to culture them in containers
     of their own, they are now a staple live food in this fishroom,  and
     found to be easy to raise, hardy, very prolific and easy to harvest. 

 
     Though they do not crawl out of the container, a top
     generously drilled with small holes needs to be over
     the culture at all times to maintain humidity.
 
   

     Kept in shallow tubs or shoebox containers, this one is approximately 
     20 inches square and 5 inches deep. They are filled about 2/3rds with
     moist Canadian peat, commonly available. Here they are fed ground
     chicken feed, but customers have told me they do well with all foods
     generally fed white worms- oatmeal, baby food, bread, etc. The peat
     must be kept moist, and once going are very prolific. The tubs are
     firmly covered with tops that are drilled for ventilation. (They do not
     escape).


     As seen in the picture above, they will crawl up the sides of the
     container and collect near the top, where they are easily harvested
     with a moist paper towel. See below for the best way to harvest them.

     These can be maintained in smaller shoebox sized containers, but
      they must not be allowed to dry out, and must be kept very moist.

     One of the White worm tubs, you can see the holes where
     a finger was poked to check the moisture level. The top
     is off for the photo, but it is always covered so that it does
     not dry out.

    
 
                                               How to get these White Worms

 

        One culture of worms = $10 + $8 (One Price 3-5 Day Priority) = $18*

           *During colder weather, worms are shipped in fish quality stryos with a heat pack for a total cost of
              $22-26, depending on your zip code within the continental US.


              One culture is approximately 3-5 ounces of moist peat infused with hundreds of worms, fed
              on day of shipping, with a bag of enough ground chicken feed to last about 2 weeks.

 

         The Guide to keep these worms, a copy also included with each order, can be found HERE.

 

        If you are in the continental US, email me at selectaquatics@gmail.com so I can let you know if they
           are currently available, and I will know to expect your payment.

                    Payment is made to the Select Aquatics Paypal account (selectaquatics@gmail.com),
                    or if you do not have a Paypal account, I can invoice you for credit card payment
                    by email (through Paypal). Payment can be easily made from the Paypal homepage.
                    Other forms of payment can be arranged, contact me by email.
                    Culture will be shipped  to the address on the Paypal account, unless you
                    let me know otherwise.
 

 

                                How To Harvest Them Easily:

       

 
 
 

         Pick up a sheet of plastic cross stitch backing,
         available at most fabric, hobby and craft stores. 

 
 
      Cut it into squares so it will lay over the top of the White
      Worm culture. After you receive the white worm culture
      starter, keep the peat very moist- almost wet- and feed lightly
      every day, and keep covered to hold in moisture.

      In 1-3 weeks a layer of worms will cover the surface. Lay the
      backing over the worms, and sprinkle the food over the top of
      the backing. The plastic sheet will become solidly inhabited
      by these worms, and it can be be easily rinsed off to be fed to
      the fish.
 
     Here is a backing where after a couple weeks the worms
     have started to populate over the plasctic mesh backing.
     I did not feed this bin for a day, and you can see how they
     they have eaten away all of the ground chicken feed.
     This sheet can then be swished into water in another
     container. After  a few moments, the worms settle to
     the bottom, any dirty water is then poured off and
     replenished with new, and the worms are fed to the
     fish with a turkey baster.
    
 
 

     I am able to harvest far greater quantities of these worms than with any
     other type of White Worm I have ever kept. There are currently 6 shoebox
     cultures going here, and this is one day's feeding!

 
 

 

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