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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:20 pm 
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I was just wondering because I've read some conflicting web pages. Not sure
whether or not I'm supposed to expose my tank to the media.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:34 pm 
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No, you really shouldn't dump the media in the tank. It'll degrade your water quality really fast. The best way to harvest microworms is to just scrape them off the side of their container with a Qtip. If they aren't climbing, add a tiny pinch of yeast and they will soon. I always keep a few cultures going at once so someone will be climbing.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:59 pm 
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Have you tried this method Nicole ?

http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/microworms.htm

granted, I don't use too many worms, nor too often (I keep them going as a backup, just in case I get unexpected fry, I know I'll have food handy) but I've found the paper towel method to work well for me.

In my case, I usually just used a small strip of towel (half inch by 3 inches) and pulled it up after about an hour (give or take). Then just dunked it in a cup of water a few times to get the worms off - more than enough worms to feed lots of tanks.

For some reason I just never had good luck with the Q-tip method.

Rich


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:57 pm 
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a towel would work but I have found that an even easier way is to use a microcope slide or a small pane of glass. The medium will not adhere to the glass but the worms will be crawling all over it. Just dip the glass/microscope slide into your tank and put it back into the culture. No rinsing necessary

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