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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:45 pm Post subject: Easiest Live food culture Reply with quote

 Hi  everyone,
 
 What  would  be  the  easiest  live  food  culture?
 
 No  Mosquito  larvae  -  I  would  sometimes  turn  to  be  a  pray....  I  tried  it,  but  ended  up  in  trouble  -  got  to  have  a  keen  watch  on  the  larvae  all  the  time
 
 Please  advice  on  the  culture  that  could  be  done  eaily  at  home  with  ease  and  less  expenive....
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 Earthworms!!!
 
 There  was  a  thread  somewhere  in  this  forum  on  the  instructions  of  culturing  them  in  your  backyard.
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Earthworms!!!
 
 There  was  a  thread  somewhere  in  this  forum  on  the  instructions  of  culturing  them  in  your  backyard.                

 
 Oops....  I  don't  have  a  backyard  Thilak....    I  am  in  a  flat  house
 
 Anything  else  Thilak??
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 I  am  guessing  this  is  for  the  bettas
 Infusoria  would  top  my  list  I  guess,  but  probably  won't  work  for  adult  bettas;  never  cultured  them  before  but  how  hard  could  it  be?  
 Take  a  bottle  of  fish  poo,  add  organic  matter  -  feed  fish.
 
 Anyone  ever  tried  culturing  earthworms?  I  used  to  spend  hours  on  my  hands  and  knees  getting  these  for  my  RBs  way  back  in  school.  
 They  are  easy  to  keep  and  pretty  good  for  fish.
 You  ll    need  a  rather  thin  fishtank  or  a  bucket  filled  with  peat  moss  ,  soil  and  vegetative  matter.
 
 Off  topic  and  Highly  Unlikely    you  can  get  your  bettas  to  eat  ants  but  how  cool  would  this  be?
 
 
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Thillu  wrote:                
Earthworms!!!
 
 There  was  a  thread  somewhere  in  this  forum  on  the  instructions  of  culturing  them  in  your  backyard.                

 
 Man  ,  we  think  alike.  I  was  writing  that  post  when  you  posted.  Earthworms  would  be  so  easy  to  culture  and  will  not  have  the  malodorous  side  effect  of  other  types  of  live  cultures.
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a  bucket  filled  with  soil  and  vegetative  matter.                

 
 This  would  do  Gokul,  if  you  are  really  serious.
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a  bucket  filled  with  soil  and  vegetative  matter.
 
 This  would  do  Gokul,  if  you  are  really  serious.                

 
 What  vegetative  matter??  Do  you  mean  vegetative  waste??
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 yes...
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 1.  How  long  will  it  take  for  the  culture  to  mature?
 2.  Heard  that  they  have  to  be  cut  into  pieces.  Is  there  anyway  to  kill  them  without  pain?
 3.  How  the  worms  should  be  fed?
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 1.    Duration  depends  on  how  big  a  worm  you  need.    Ideally  speaking  you  can  start  collecting  after  45  days.
 2.  &  3.    Why  do  you  want  to  kill  them,  the  fish  will  take  care  of  it.    If  the  worm  is  too  big  for  a  fish  like  betta  then  freeze  them  in  your  freezer  and  then  cut  them  into  pieces.    
 
 I  usually  leave  the  bigger  ones  in  the  culture  as  they  multiply  and  serve  my  fishes  the  worms  that  are  of  1"  -  2"  in  size.
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 If  the  worm  is  too  big  for  a  fish  like  betta  then  freeze  them  in  your  freezer  and  then  cut  them  into  pieces.                

 
 Not  only  for  the  betta,  but  also  for  the  Tetras.....  
 
 So,  I  have  to  dig  and  get  the  worms,  clean  it  with  running  water  and  put  it  into  the  tank??
 
 when  would  you  be  coming  to  Coimbatore  again??  Where  is  your  in  laws  house  actually??
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 Gokul  hi,
 I  think  Rahul  (retro  gk)  had  mentioned  about  bread  or  fruit  worms  (I  forget)  pm  him  or  if  he  is  reading  this  he  might  just  pool  in  to  suggest  something.
 regards
 BTW  I  also  like  Thilak's  idea  of  home  cultured  earthworms  Thumb Up
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 I  would  check  that  too  aqua
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 I  would  check  that  too  aqua...  
 
 I  know  sure  he  will  help  out
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 Since  the  topic  of  earthworms  is  going  on,i  thought  i  might  ask  my  question  here  itself  rather  than  starting  a  new  thread.
 
 Just  wanted  to  know  if  i  can  buy  earthworms/crickets/cockroaches  anywhere  in  Bangalore?I  currently  have  arowanas  &  flower  horns  with  me,may  get  a  few  red  bellies  too.
 I  live  in  an  apartment  and  i  dont  have  any  garden  to  dig  earthworms.I  am  also  wary  of  the  fact  that  the  empty  plot  behind  my  house  was  sprayed  with  some  kind  of  pestcide(i  think  D.D.T)  recently.So  i  dont  want  to  take  a  chance  of  picking  up  worms  from  there.I  am  sure  that  they  must  be  available  somewhere  as  these  insects  are  sourced  by  colleges  in  large  numbers  for  lab  practicals  and  disection.Does  anybody  know  where  i  can  source  them  insects  from?It  would  be  of  great  help.May  be  i  would  buy  a  good  quantity  of  earthworms  and  then  culture  them  at  home    Smile  
 
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