New environment for microfex worms

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New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby Vishaal » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:19 pm

Tempratures 45+, worms outside the house, and dead cultures every day. so thought to try a new Idea, and this is the result.

Water change only every 15-20 days, a small DIY spong filter.

New environment for microfex worms

And this is the result.
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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby Romi » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:28 am

well done. coolbig

we forget that live food is like live fish...... It needs care sometimes that is as much as fish will demand, in this terrible Delhi summer heat.

I can no longer grow these worms like I used to, Delhi seems to have got hotter or my water has deteriorated. But I know that if I grew them like you are growing them, in an aquarium, I would definitely get results, finally.

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby Romi » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:32 am

BTW,

I think they are not microfex worms at all. Call them Rithala Village mini tubifex or just mini tubifex. Microfex worms cannot swim upwards in the water, as per as the great live food expert, Michal Helweg (that I was gifted a book of, in an aquapetz meeting at dear Bappada's place)... Since these are great swimmers that quicky swim up down and left as well as right,,,, they are clearly a different species.

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby syed.ali » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:35 am

great, Mine is growing fine, i keep them in shade, but water change every 2 day.

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby vijendra_s123 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:02 pm

This is the exact way their larger cousins Tubifex are cultured... In a tank with a sponge filter preferably with some kind of gravel in it...

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:18 pm

yup there is gravel also.

Romi, it is because of the Swimming problem that there is the sponge pads. I found these sticking to drift and glass at the water surface, and then added these platforms for them to grow.

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby SCORPIO » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:22 pm

I thought they can also live in a running aquarium with fishes.
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Unread postby Romi » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:36 am

SCORPIO wrote:I thought they can also live in a running aquarium with fishes.


yes, they can. they can be kept in an aquarium as permanent live food. but the number of fish has to be very very low. otherwise all will be eaten quickly.

they have remained alive in my tanks for months. I think they must be the only live food we have in Delhi that you can use on vacations when you are not there to feed your fish. but it will take some hardwork to establish their population.

I am looking for Hyaella azteca. they can also be used as a food that can be raised in the same aquarium as the fish... but don't know where to find them in India.

Anyone who is going to America and can bring them in hand luggage should contact me for suggestions.

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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:18 am

Romi wrote:they can be kept in an aquarium as permanent live food. but the number of fish has to be very very low. otherwise all will be eaten quickly.


Yeeh. I need some of these. Never keeps a too big population of fishes in any of my tank. What they eat in the aquarium?
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Re: New environment for microfex worms

Unread postby syed.ali » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:31 pm

They will eat left overs and fish excreta.