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Black worm and Grindal worm culture.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:45 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Waiting  for  that  to  happen  Gokul  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:51 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

                                                   
mcgokul  wrote  (View  Post):                
Folks,  I  will  post  here  as  soon  as  I  get  the  worms.  I'll  start  dirtributing  as  soon  as  I  start  multiple  cultures  Thumb Up  .                

 
 Great,  What  arrangements  have  you  made  to  house  the  Grindal  worms.  
 
 How  do  you  plan  to  multiply  them?
 
 I  sincerely  hope  there  is  no  crash  as  this  is  not  the  first  time  them  worms  have  foxed  us.  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:51 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Try  to  keep  the  humidity  low.  I've  started  a  few  cultures  over  the  past  2  years,  lost  them  all  to  fungus.  I've  had  worms  from  the  same  source  for  a  couple  of  years  in  LA,  and  the  only  reason  I  can  think  of  for  the  fungal  problems  is  the  humidity  here.
 
 It  might  be  worthwhile  to  set  up  multiple  cultures  right  from  the  get  go.  Perhaps  set  up  a  couple  of  cultures  using  scotch  brite  (the  scrubber,  not  the  sponge)  as  the  medium.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:40 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Hey  Rahul
 I  was  thinking  of  the  cured  coco  coir  used  in  coir  rope  industry.  I've  got  some  great  sources  for  first  grade  material.  I  was  thinking  of  boiling  and  using  them  as  media.  Googling  for  other  methods  too.  Humidity  is  not  a  problem  here  though.  Rahul,  you  kow  it  Chuckle  .  Any  more  tips  will  be  appreciated.  But  aren't  we  counting  the  chickens  before  they  hatch?  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:10 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 And  be  careful  of  the  temperature  if  it  goes  above  30  -  32  then  the  rate  of  reproduction  is  not  all  that  good.  But  this  is  much  better  than  the  white  worms  in  terms  of  living  in  extreme  temperature.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:48 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Hello  guys  i  will  be  sending  the  cultures  on  Monday  now  mine  are  doing  pretty  fine.  What  i  have  seen  with  these  guys  is  that  the  need  to  be  a  bit  warm.  
 
 Rahul  i  dont  know  about  the  humidity  as  i  have  been  to  Colin's  shed  and  his  fishroom  is  really  very  humid.  But  his  do  really  well.  Temperature  is  about  26  degrees.  As  for  the  fungus  i  have  noticed  that  i  get  some  when  i  leave  extra  food.  How  do  you  propagate  them?  Here  what  i  use  is  a  mixture  of  peat  fiber  and  compost.  Works  amazing.  I  will  try  and  send  multiple  cultures  so  lets  hope  they  can  get  going.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:18 am Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Also  saw  a  few  things,  if  the  temperature  gets  too  high  then  get  a  Styrofoam  box  and  place  your  cultures  in  that  box  and  put  in  a  frozen  bottle  of  water.  It  will  keep  the  temp  down  and  your  culture  happy.  Just  a  tip  try  and  remove  any  uneaten  food.  If  it  does  catch  fungus  remove  the  fungussed  parts.  Also  try  and  get  some  compost  preferably  the  organic  one.  Dont  know  if  you  guys  can  lay  your  hands  on  peat  moss  but  if  you  can  then  nothing  like  it.  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:08 am Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Gokul,
 We  really  wish  you  become  a  savior  of  live  food  for  all  of  us  soon.
 The  whole  fraternity  is  depending  on  you.   Make  sure  you  don't  let  us  down.
 
 P.S:  Grindal  worms  are  not  child  resistant!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:09 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Nikhil
 
 A  pic  of  your  culture  will  be  of  great  help.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:16 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Got  the  message  Trevor.  Will  keep  them  safe  for  sure.  Getting  containers  and  media  ready  already.  Researching.
 
 Ideas  please.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:32 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Is  this  ¬†container  enough?
 The  container  with  the  holes  ¬†will  be  placed  inside  the  container  without  the  holes.  This  will  maintain  the  humidity  for  the  culture.
 And  the  excess  water  will  drain  through  it.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:40 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Nikhil,  I  was  thining  of  sterilized  coco  peat.  Easily  available  here.  Also,  vermicompost  for  manure.  Please  post  pictures  of  your  culture.  The  boxes  I  have  are  just  like  yours  Krishna.  Among  many  things,  Rahul  suggested  using  the  fungicide  employed  for  antifungal  treatment  of  bacterial  culture  media  like  agar  agar.  The  fungicide,  I  can  easily  get  from  the  Biotech  lab  at  the  college  where  I  work   Cheering  .  I  have  access  to  many  types  of  chemicals  and  stuff  in  the  Lab   Very Happy  .
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Please  share  some  with  me  too  once  you  have  enough.  Cheering
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:23 am Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,
 
 Well  my  cultures  are   very  very  simple.  I  use  the  boxes  that  food  comes  in  when  you  order  from  any  Indian  takeaway.  The  total  bed  on  which  they  are  grown  is  about  2"  in  depth.  A  small  hole  on  the  top  to  let  air  come  in  and  the  depth  of  the  bed  should  not  be  more  than  2"  as  the  bottom  of  the  culture  will  not  get  air  and  you  will  have  problems  again.  Here  are  some  pics  of  my  cultures.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:32 am Post subject: Re: Black worm and Grindal worm culture. Reply with quote

 The  worm  are  collecting  on  the  under  side  of  the  glass  where  they  can  be  easily  removed  with  the  help  of  a  razor  blade.
 Great  pics  Nikhil.  Thumb Up
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