Wow Romi, thanks to your efforts . Looks like tubifex. But don't think tubifex can be cultured this way. So it's most likely some thing else. WHat do you call them, Romi worms ?
Thanks buddy. I guess it is too late to call them 'Romi worms', isn't it. hehe. Or shall i ask Deepak G to rename the thread???
How about 'Romi mini tubifex'?
Vijendra Suryavanshi, Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay, Syed Ali, Amir Khan, the Delhi hobbyists i have given cultures to in the last 2 and a half years, all keep mixing up the names. That was because, at one meeting, i would carry microworms, microfex (these), and grindls for them, and they would mix up the names right away. Especially microworms and microfex! So maybe the name microfex is not so good. Especially, since i KNOW they will grow larger, as large as regular Tubifex, if someone keeps them in a tank with few fish that are already very well fed ( i would like VyasTK and Rasik Nayak to do this for us, considering how clearly Rasik has shown the material and food needed, in his pics)
They dont need to eat rotting fish like Dero worms are supposed to, on the internet. They don't need the air pump for aeration that Tubifex worms need, as explained by hobbyists and fish sellers, on the internet. They have survived even with once weekly changes at times, in the last three years. So the balance of facts seems to favour that they are indeed an Indian species, though i would like any expert biologist we might have on IAH to give us some scientific insights about them.
Great pics, i was supoosed to that, but i just put URLs of flikr photographs on IAH two years ago. Naturally, putting pics straight here and just posting URLs of them, means many hobbyists didnt see them at all. These pics alone will get many eyeballs and hopefully establish these mini tubifex permanently in the fishkeeping hobby in the south at least!
Here in Delhi, i know of just TWO guys, after repeat attempts to culture, who are running steady culture of them now. Vijendra Suryavanshi and Syed Ali. If all three of us lost our cultures (in the delhi summer heat or due to absence from home), i would have to wait to see another microfex and then collect half a dozen, and that would take a looo oo ong time, till i had a culture again.
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:36 pm Post subject: Re: micro tubefex culture.
buddy, is it possible for you to change the name of the thread from micro tubefex to 'mini tubifex species from Delhi' ?? This might help the keepers understand their origin better and the high likelihood that this is an endemic Indian worm. Moreover, the method i use to keep them is at considerable variance from the culture methods used in US and Europe.
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