I managed to get a (massive) sample of red-wriggler earth-worms from ministry of agriculture the other day. Trying to generate a population for fish (loach) food, of course.
a) loaches don't seem to recognize the worms as food. They look, they might taste a bit even, but the majority of the worms dig their way into the gravel unharmed. Any suggestions on forcing the learning curve? Serpae and paradise fish don't seem to have any qualms.
b) these worms should drown in the gravel, no? As such, they shouldn't go into the gravel if it's underwater, yes? Will they croak and rot? Are red-wrigglers particularly good in well oxygenated water/gravel? I've found what looked a lot like one/some in the gravel some years ago when i took the tank apart....
I'm crossing my fingers that the bigger Y. modesta are getting the job done in the evening. The bottom is looking more churned up then usual.
I would try feeding them things like green leafy vegetables, and similar things. Then, when the fish eat the worms they will get the benefit of the vegetables, too.
If you want to keep the worm culture going then feed them pretty much all the plant based kitchen waste. Finely chop or puree it so they can eat it before fungus moves in.
My fish grab the worms before the worms can hit the bottom of the tank, so I have no hints on how to tell the fish that worms are food.
Happy fish keeping!
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