Re: NANFA-L-- Live Culture Options

Jase Roberts (
Mon, 27 Mar 2006 18:48:48 -0500

Thanks, Patrick, for your notes on blackworms. I'm giving it a shot both in a bare plastic shoebox as you suggest, and a second box with aeration and some polyester batting as substrate / biological filter medium. We'll see how it goes.

Anyone else have tips on blackworms or other largish live foods you raise? Anyone tried to culture fly larvae (maggots)? I just got 1000 from grubco, and my fish seem to respond to them pretty well.

Montpelier, Vermont

> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 13:56:31 -0500
> From: "Patrick Rose" <>
> Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Live Culture Options
> sorry it took so long to get back to ya on this,
> I buy 1 portion blackworms from one of the local fish stores here about once
> every 2-3 months. That is the way they sell them anyways, only $1 per
> portion. I make sure that there is no leeches in them or any dead ones. You
> can tell the dead ones easy, they are grey and fuzzy looking and get that
> way in about 2 hours or less. Once I get the best of the best out of them I
> put them into a 1 gallon flat rubber maid shoebox. Some times I will use the
> brown paper towel but most of the time not. I only use spring water (deer
> park) to rinse them with. I rinse them-in-least once a day, more if there
> are dead ones showing up. Once they have been rinsed for the day I add about
> 1/2" of water to them and crush up some Tetra Min fish flakes real fine and
> sprinkle it over them. I normally have-in-least 2-3 cultures going-in-the
> same time, and the only reason for getting another portion from the store is
> to refresh one of the cultures with new worms. Now I only have bettas right
> now but when I have the larger tanks up and running I have more cultures
> going. One culture if left alone other than feeding and rinsing will double
> in size with in about 2 weeks. Then it becomes like compounding interest,
> after four weeks I normally have more than I need and sometime give them
> away to friends.
> They are a little time consuming but every fish I have ever had LOVES them.
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