LIVE WHITE WORM CULTURE: Temperate strain
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This is for 3 ounces of established culture that creates an instant deli container size culture. There is a lot of inaccurate/misleading information suggesting white worms be kept at an abnormally low temperature of 62 degrees.
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Additional Product Information<b>CULTURE:</b> <br><br> .
This is for 3 ounces of established culture that creates an instant deli container size culture. It includes medium taken directly from an active culture, several dozen worms of a temperate strain, and an unknown number of eggs. I add extra worms to compensate for any damage that occurs during shipping. Ships well year round to all but the hottest environments.<br><br>.
I have cultured just about everything and white worms are easily my favorite. They are very easy, require little effort, and produce enormous harvests year round. I have kept this strain well over a decade, in my garage without any considerations, and have never had a problem. Cultures are highly prolific - compared to daphnia, a one gallon culture will contain around 100 daphnia, but the same size worm culture would contain 1,000+ worms. <br><br><br><br>.
<b>CULTURE BASICS:</b> <br> <br>.
I find most soil, peat, cocofiber, commercial bedding, and green kitchen scrub pads, all work well. I use cocofiber but don't recommend it more than other products. Medium can be the thinnest layer to several inches deep. Make it nice and wet.<br><br> .
They are composting worm and eat bread, cereal, rice, potato, and fruits & vegetables. Virtually any decaying organic matter is on their menu. It needs to be soft and wet. If it’s hard, like a broccoli stem, boil and mash it.<br><br> .
There is a lot of inaccurate/misleading information suggesting white worms be kept at an abnormally low temperature of 62 degrees. Enchytraeus Albidus, in North America, ranges from Canada to Virginia, as well as many other temperate parts of the world. For many strains, such as mine, places like our garages are edens. Also, many of these strains have been in the hobby for decades, such as this one, allowing it to further adapt to our home environments. Yes, there are strains you should keep at 62 degrees, but it’s absolutely unnecessary with mine. <br><br>.
My cultures sit in my garage so the temperature, so depending on the time of year, culture temperatures range 40 to 85 degrees. The ideal temperature range is between 55 to 75 degrees. A cool location is all that is needed for this culture - for me it’s my garage. Even though it can be 100+ degrees outside the concrete floor keeps my garage and cultures cool. <br><br> .
Culture Invaders / Mites:<br> .
This is another topic with a lot of inaccurate information. Every organism we culture has its invaders, but because it's something easily visible in a WW culture it gets discussed disproportionately. Invaders are usually a non issue because they aren’t likely interested in living worms when there are worms that die naturally every day. An invasive mite may actually be providing a helpful service by helping break down the bodies of worms that die naturally daily. If you do have an invader making an impact on your culture mitigate it. How? Tap on the culture to drive the worms deep into the medium, then remove the top layer of medium, and you will then have removed most of the mites. <br><br> .
Harvesting:<br> Place a plastic deli container lid over their food and the worms will crawl onto it. Dip that directly into your fish tanks.<br><br><br><br>.
If DOA I will send a replacement at no cost. Please don't file a return as that usually adds additional steps for us both - just message me and I will send another without a guilt trip. <br> <br> .
FYI: During shipping distance isn't a risk factor. What will kill the culture is if it's left in the elements after being delivered to your home. It's critical the package not be left in your mailbox so meet your mail carrier. <br><br><br><br> .
<b>INSTRUCTIONS AFTER RECEIVING PACKAGE:</b><br><br>.
White worms are long and can be damaged if over-handled. Don't stir or rummage through the medium after you receive it. <br><br>.
Add the medium into a deli size container that has a couple small holes in the lid <br><br>.
I remove moisture from the medium prior to shipping so it doesn't leech water into the packaging. When in their new container add water.<br><br>.
Add a small piece of bread in the center. <br><br>.
Place your new culture in a cool location out of sunlight.<br><br><br><br>.
<b>WHITE WORM MAN:</b><br><br> .
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