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Old 02-07-2013, 10:32 PM   #1 
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Microworm culture

So this is the first time I'm trying to culture microworms for betta frys (I had always used BBS in the past). I have a culture growing right now and it's about 5-days old....so how long before the worms begin to craw up the sides of the tuperware? At 5-days I can see many wiggling around in the culture but none have climbed up the sides yet -- indicating the culture is ready(?)

And I'm just wondering how long to culture this mess until I should begin using the worms?
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:45 AM   #2 
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Someone help me out here....I know you all use microworms for your fry!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:14 AM   #3 
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I had microworms.. never ended up using them though. They tend to take 1-2 weeks before they start going up the sides, in my experience. But generally after a week they should be ready to harvest.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #4 
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If they are thin try adding a little yeast. I started with micro worms then switched to bbs. I'm on my thrid spawn and the fry seem to grow quicker with the bbs.
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Definitely added yeast. The worms feed off the yeast, the yeast are the ones that require the media (whether it be mashed potatoes or oatmeal).

Myates - did you find that the fry never did well on microworms in your experience? I've always been a bit hesitant to give microworms a try since BBS have always worked well for me (though hard to continously hatch).
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #6 
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Mine normally climb the sides within 3 days. Maybe your culture isn't wet enough or is too wet?
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #7 
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A good way to gather without waiting for them to crawl up the sides is:
take a paper towel(just big enough to cover the top of them),wet it,they will crawl on top of the wet paper towel,scrape it(gently) with a Q-tip.
That way you get the worms and none of the medium!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:02 PM   #8 
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Interesting, Ghost.

So I leave a wet paper towel on the surface of my culture? How long do I leave it before enough worms crawl up?
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:50 PM   #9 
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I guess it depends on the temp.
Usually within 3 days I have a full culture going from a teaspoon of starter culture.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #10 
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I have always used microworms and have never hatched BBS in my life xD

Microworms will crawl up and grow faster if you keep them in a dark place. Also, I find that some yeast works better than others. I had bought some from Albertson's and it didnt go over too well with the culture I added it to for some unknown reason. But when I used the Westco brand yeast my mother uses for her doughnut shop, they sprouted up and grew like mad.
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