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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:08 pm Post subject: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 I've  almost  torn  my  hair  out  trying  to  search  IAH  for  a  step  by  step  process  on  maintaining  grindal  worms.  what  base  to  use,  what  food  to  give,  maintanance  of  mixing  soil  and  food,  placement  of  food,  harvesting  method...etc  etc
 
 Online  there  are  2  options
   1.  With  only  using  couple  of  soft  sponge  scotch  brites  and  water
   2.  Using  only  coco  peat
 and  the  third  option
   3.  coco  peat  as  base  +  scotchbrite  on  top
 
 There  are  different  methods  online  like  these  but  I  would  like  to  know  what  do  we  follow  here  in  India  ?
 
 I  request  IAH  hobbyists  maintaining  Grindals  Worms  Culture  to  please  contribute  a  step  by  step  process  here
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:12 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 option  three  is  advisable  as  it  is  easy  to  harvest
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 Strangely,  depending  on  the  time  of  the  year,one  type  of  medium  works  better  than  the  other  or  not  at  all.  Since  both  Scotchbrite  and  Cocopeat  are  easy  to  find,  keep  both  types  of  cultures  and  see  what  is  more  productive  for  you.
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 Is  anyone  facing  any  problems  with  mites  in  their  culture?
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 Yes  I  think  I  am  deepak...But  not  really  sure...
 Are  mites  those  small  white  colour  organisms  smaller  in  size  than  grindals...?
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Chetesh  wrote  (View  Post):                
Yes  I  think  I  am  deepak...But  not  really  sure...
 Are  mites  those  small  white  colour  organisms  smaller  in  size  than  grindals...?                

 
 no  mites  are  very  small  multi  leged   Archinids  and  are  pests.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:16 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 Vishal  any  idea  how  to  get  rid  of  them?
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 Yes  I  too  get  mites  in  my  culture  constantly.  ¬†Anyway  I  just  feed  them  to  my  fish.
 
 I'm  in  some  confusion  as  to  what  I've  got  now  so  unaware  if  this  is  grindals  or  white  worms
 
 These  are  my  cultures.  In  the  centre  of  the  middle  box  beneath  the  plastic  is  a  curd  and  bread  mix  which  looks  like  it  has  a  mix  of  micro  worms  and  whiteworms.  Other  patches  of  worms/food  are  with  oats  (in  other  boxes  too)
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:14 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 Wow  that  a  good  yeld.  Very Happy.  its  difficult  to  see  the  difference.  But  grindals  are  smaller  then  whiteworms.  
 
 I'll  post  what  I  do  to  get  rid  of  mites  to  keep  their  population  ckecked.  But  its  too  messy.   I  don't  like  to  do  it  eather.   And  also  it  stresses  the  worms.  Many  might  die  too.   I  dont  feel  its  a  good  idea.  
 That's  why  I  am  asking  if  anyone  tried  anything  in  extream  cases?
 one  thing  is  surely  do  able  that  is  ..  scoopout  chunks  of  peat  and  mites  and  through  away.  This  one  is  best  way.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:55 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 @vishal:Yes  just  confirmed  I  have  mites  and  loads  of  it...
 @Deepakg:Waiting  for  your  post  on  how  to  get  rid  of  mites.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:57 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 Chetesh  what  culture  you  have?   Peat  ir  scotchbrites?
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 Both  I  have  2  cultures...One  with  Coco  peat  and  one  with  scothbrite...
 Both  contaminated....  Sad     Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:37 pm Post subject: Re: Grindal Worms - Process Reply with quote

 Chetesh.
 This  is  what  you  have  to  do.  ....  since  we  know  that  the  worms  sink  in  water  and  mites  floats.  We  can  use  water  to  separate  them.  Follow  step  by  step  process.
 #  don't  feed  for  two  days.
 #  third  day  fill  it  with  water.  
 #  use  will  notice  all  the  mites  are  floating.  
 #  wait  for  a  few  hours.
 #  pour  the  water.
 #  use  an  air  pipe  to  take  out  the  last  bit.
 #  do  the  same  thing  next  day.  This  will  control  them.
 
 This  one  is  for  scotchbrite  culture.  Peat  is  very  messy  but  it  will  be  good  if  can  do  that.  Because  peat  culture  become  acidic  so  its  better  to  do  it  sometimes.
 now  ...don't  do  that  with  both  the  cultures  in  the  same  time.
 I  will  post  for  peat  later.
 Remember  ...  this  process  is  very  stressful  to  the  worms.  You  might  not  get  a  good  yeld  for  a  few  days.
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 Hi  Deepak,
 
 My  grindal  worms  culture  too  got  contaminated.  White  organism  whick  looks  like  small  white  dots  and  it  won't  float  in  the  water.
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Hi  Deepak,
 
 My  grindal  worms  culture  too  got  contaminated.  White  organism  whick  looks  like  small  white  dots  and  it  won't  float  in  the  water.                

 That  is  because  they  are  full  of  food.  Try  starving  them.  But  process  wont  eradicate  them  fully.
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