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Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:11 pm Post subject: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 Hi!
 
 I  have  kept  a  tumbler  outdoors,  with  laterite  and  river  sand.  I  am  growing  Eleocharis  parvula  in  it.  Of  late  due  to  busy  schedule  I  could  not  change  water  regularly.  Yesterday  after  returning  from  office,  I  was  contemplating  to  take  out  some  hair  grass  from  the  tumbler  to  put  them  in  one  of  my  tanks  when  I  observed  there  were  debris  clinging  on  to  the  grass.  I  though  that  it  was  algae  and  took  out  some  of  the  grass  to  clean  the  algae  and  kept  them  in  a  bowl  of  water.  I  had  dipped  my  hand  in  the  tumbler  and  was  caressingly  stroking  the  grass  over  its  length  to  remove  the  algae.  While  transplanting  them,  from  the  bowl  to  the  tank,  I  saw  some  red  coloured  worms  in  the  bowl.  On  closer  look  it  looked  like  Tubifex  and  it  was  looping  itself  into  a  tight  coil.  It  struck  me  then  that  what  I  was  thinking  to  be  algae  must  be  these  worms  clinging  on  to  the  parvula.  Due  to  insufficient  light  I  could  not  carry  on  with  this  activity  any  longer  (also,  wife  was  calling  for  dinner)  but  will  surely  look  into  it  this  week  end.  Now  if  it  is  a  blood  worm/Tubifex  colony,  I  want  to  encourage  it  as  it  is  out  doors  and  I  want  to  collect  food  for  my  fishes  from  there  as  it  will  be  safe  as  they  are  growing  in  very  good  conditions  compared  to  their  original  habitat.
 
 Can  somebody  pls  tell  me  how  to  collect  these  worms?   Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 P.S.  -  Sorry  for  the  long  post.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:26 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 Most  likely  mosquito  larvae.  Slightly  lesser  chance  of  it  being  chironomid  larvae  (blood  worms).  Tubifex  are  highly  unlikely  unless  the  substrate  you  used  was  originally  contaminated.
 
 You  could  also  have  Dero  spp.,  which  look  like  miniature  tubifex,  but  they  do  not  coil  themselves.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:37 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 Dear  Debhargha
 Collect  the  soil  from  the  Â tub  and  place  it  in  a  fine  net  or  used  cloth,  then  again  place  teh  bundle  in  afresh  water  bucket  for  overnight.  In  the  morning  you  will  find  that  tubifex  colony  is  visible  in  your  bucket  as  they  already  came  out  from  the  soil.  This  all  I  heard  from  a  Kecho  collector  boy  in  Kolkata.
 Try  it  
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:38 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 It  is  surely  not  mosquito  larvae...as  mosquitos  are  pretty  coomon  to  this  part  of  the  world,  I  have  seen  their  larvae  many  many  times  Chuckle  ...also,  they  are  red  in  colour.  Confused   Confused
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:41 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 Good  method  kaushik,  but  I  will  not  be  able  to  do  so  as  I  have  plants  growing  in  that  soil...  Confused
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 They  are  earth  worms  i  guess   Thumb Up  
 they  do  coil  up  when  touched,good  for  fish  food  too   Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:46 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

                                                   
retro_gk  wrote  (View  Post):                
Tubifex  are  highly  unlikely  unless  the  substrate  you  used  was  originally  contaminated.
 
 You  could  also  have  Dero  spp.,  which  look  like  miniature  tubifex,  but  they  do  not  coil  themselves.                

 
 Tubifex  is  unlikely  as  the  substrate  was  not  contaminated  by  any  chance...
 Dero  spp.,  I  do  not  know,  but  they  were  in  tight  coils....
 
 I  think  it  cant  be  blood  worm  even,  as  they  will  build  mud  tunnels...I  have  had  blood  worms  in  the  same  tumbler  before..  Very Happy


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:47 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

 does  earth  worms  live  under  water?
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:53 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Bloodworm/Tubifex Reply with quote

                                                   
Severumkid  wrote  (View  Post):                
does  earth  worms  live  under  water?                

 
 nope  not  until  you  drop  it  in  water,  then  they  do  a  seducing  dance  to  attract  the  fishes  ,  of  course  the  fishies  know  wht  to  do  .  Very Happy  
 
 my  best  guess  could  be  blood  worms  ,  i  have  encountered  em  a  few  times  i  my  outdoor  containers.
 
 cheers
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