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  • #31
    Alright, almost a month and a half later the original cultures worm population has declined quite a bit, I think this is about as long as a culture is good for in my case. They still don't smell but I tossed them anyway.

    The 2 newer culture are growing some mold, I think it may have been because I added old culture oatmeal to the new ones. Next time I plan to rinse some worms and toss them in to see if that prevents mold. Interestingly enough, the original cultures never molded.
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    • #32
      Not bad, still. I need to start up some more live food cultures, I haven't done it in quite a while. They are nice to have around for sure!

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      • #33
        I was really pleased with the length they stayed good for, especially considering it only takes about 5 minutes to start a new one. They are great to have around! I have no fry right now but my betta absolutely loves these guys, he's got it down when I drip them in he just inhales the "cloud" of worms!

        I went ahead and bought a bunch of betta cups since my wife was getting mad about the tupperware, I rinsed the worms this time and started a couple new ones about 3 days ago, I'll post them on them in the next week or so.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by Matt B View Post
          I went ahead and bought a bunch of betta cups since my wife was getting mad about the tupperware
          LOL I cant imagine why!!

          Sounds like your cultures are coming along really well. Congrats! I'm considering starting my own tubifex worm and black worm cultures. I already have bloodworm and nightcrawler cultures.
          -Jonathan

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          • #35
            If you get a chance you should do a quick care sheet/instruction thread, we can build a library of live food culturing/rearing instructions!!
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            • #36
              Do you have one for micros ?
              -Jonathan

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              • #37
                Yeah, Dena made it an article:
                http://www.everythingaquatic.net/for...-foods-library
                Last edited by Matt B; 06-22-2013, 06:49 AM.
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                • #38
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                  • #39
                    Ewwwwwwwwwwww you have that in your HOUSE?!
                    -Jonathan

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                    • #40
                      Looks like wriggly porridge
                      They seem to be doing well have you tried feeding any to Max?
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                      • #41
                        Haha! Yep they're in my house Jon! Safely sealed in betta cups though.

                        Yeah Sarah, he's gotten good at eating them too! They are so small he can't eat A worm persay but I drip them in by the 10's of thousands per drop I would guess and he inhales the "cloud" right when the drop hits I know he is getting a bunch because he will sit there chewing for like 5 seconds.
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                        • #42
                          Lol thats excellent
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                          • #43
                            Re: Microworm cultures

                            Just to update, my system for renewing the cultures is really easy and has worked well so far. I mix new media (raw oats and water) add a drop or two of vita-chem in and mix. I then swab some worms from an old culture and dip them into a glass of water to rinse. After letting the worms settle to the bottom (10-15 seconds) I suck up a few drops of them and drip onto the new culture. Sprinkle on yeast and thats it.
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                            • #44
                              Re: Microworm cultures

                              That's great that you are able to sustain the colony.
                              - Dena

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                              • #45
                                Re: Microworm cultures

                                Just to update its been almost a year and I think I have spent maybe an hour total maintaining these things. I ramp it up to several betta cups when I have babies to feed and let it fall back to one culture just to maintain a supply.

                                I have also found an easy way to squeeze a few more weeks out of a spent culture. When the worms have reduced the oats to a layer of liquid on top they start to decline, at this point I toss in a tablespoon or two of raw oats, it soaks up the fluid and rejuvenated the worm and yeast populations pretty reliably.
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