So the romifex crashed!

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So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby deepesh » Mon May 20, 2013 8:32 am

Both romifex cultures crashed. What luck!

I was greedy and hoping for a bumper crop I had started then back on powdered oats instead of their regular banana peels. They were doing ok for the past week but I must have been overfeeding for today morning there was only a brown stinking mess with ghostly white dead worms all over.

Another factor must have been too many worms. I was saving up for the loaches to enjoy a feast. grrr I have only myself to blame.

I expect sukhdeep's culture is too young to split so a trip to Delhi is scheduled for the first week of June. Oh the heat!!
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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Mon May 20, 2013 8:45 am

Wash the culture box and flood the scotch brite, you may see some small clumps. to restart the culture.

this stinking mess is actually a cycle in my cultures every month or 2 i get this mass destruction in my cultures (happens one by one) the only thing i see to combact this is to change the scotch brite(i wash the old one and put it in the sun to dry and disinfect.(reuse this in the next cycle.)

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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby deepesh » Mon May 20, 2013 8:47 am

From the Pink Panther 2006


Ponton: He was just found dead in a training facility locker room. Shot in the head.
Clouseau: Was it fatal?
Ponton: Yes.
Clouseau: How fatal?
Ponton: Um, completely.

But yes I have done a 100% water change. And am on my knees praying. :lol:
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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Mon May 20, 2013 8:59 am

chance too lobo lage bhal ei hobo (its better to take a chance than give up) but yes such crashes are usually wipe-outs. I suggested the step because i did it with one box that met with the same fate as yours. and today saw 2 clumps of 4-5 worms each.

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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby Matrix » Mon May 20, 2013 10:47 am

VishaalDalal wrote:Wash the culture box and flood the scotch brite, you may see some small clumps. to restart the culture.

this stinking mess is actually a cycle in my cultures every month or 2 i get this mass destruction in my cultures (happens one by one) the only thing i see to combact this is to change the scotch brite(i wash the old one and put it in the sun to dry and disinfect.(reuse this in the next cycle.)

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it does happen. It did with me too, just keep some back ups and spare scotch brite for rotation.
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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby shergill00 » Mon May 20, 2013 3:36 pm

Some problem with my romifex too. Deepesh, 2 days back i could have given you romifex culture as they were growing quickly but dont know how mosquitoes bred in it. maybe forgot to close the lid for an hour or so. And the second culture i started some watery white patches, don't know what they are any ideas?

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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby syed.ali » Mon May 20, 2013 4:43 pm

I have to share something, I have the roomifex running in a the same box for past 4 months, it has not crashed even once.
I am not using scotch brite, instead of that i am using hair algae lumps as holder for the worms.
I am doing complete almost 100% WC once in a week.

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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby deepesh » Mon May 20, 2013 6:49 pm

No probs sukhdeep. If there are mosquitoes then you are doing fine. The watery white stuff is likely a bacterial colony. Wash it off and keep up with the water changes.

@syed: is the hair algae still alive or does it die off? Do you get big harvests like this? A weekly water change seems quite low maintenance and I wouldn't mind that at all for the next time even if harvests are a little low. I have got a little hair algae in my tank and I would really like it to grow but it seems the higher plants are out competing it.
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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby syed.ali » Mon May 20, 2013 7:17 pm

I get decent culture, its not bumper, but decent.
I do 20-30% WC everyday and then almost 100% once a week.

Hair algae stays the size you put it in, yea just ensure it is not getting good light, if that happens then the algae will grow.

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Re: So the romifex crashed!

Unread postby prajjwal » Mon May 20, 2013 7:21 pm

Actually my romifex was doing bad few weeks ego.. I was neglecting them and use to change water twice a week... also temperature was a factor, so I shifted the to the aquarium cabinet and now changing water twice a day...each time a little pinch of powdered oatmeal .... they are doing too good... just fade my live eaters. One thing I have noticed, supplement the multivitamin + multi-minerals in very very low dose, helps to bring faster growth and more reddish colour.

Just one quarry, what other feed they can digest (as i am feeding them oatmeal fro last 1 n a half years, they must be bored :P) ?.

I have also found that larger the container, better chance of survival in long run.

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