Re: NANFA-- raising (or at least keeping) blackworms

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 03 Oct 2001 09:54:08 -0400

Some killifish keepers have dabbled in trying to raise blackworms in
quantity, and pretty much all of them got out of it. If something goes a
little bit wrong, it will go WAY wrong. The handful of blackworm wholesalers
seem to all operate in California, and it's probably cheaper to order from
them and let them deal with all of the problems. I've given in to the
inevitable and just buy an ounce at a time from a LFS (I'm lucky!).

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>From: "Geoff and Julie Kimber" <>
>To: "Nanfa" <>
>Subject: NANFA-- raising (or at least keeping) blackworms
>Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 20:10:06 -0500
>When I lived in Tucson, a couple of LFS carried blackworms. I liked to
>include them in the diet of my darters and other natives. THey are
>accepted and comntrary to what I have been told, never caused a problem if
>they made it to the gravel alive. In fact, I think the plants did a bit
>better WITH blackworms than without them
>Anyway, here in Lexington, none of the LFS sell blackworms and they are not
>interested in doing so.
>There is a website that will sell blackworms by the pound ($13.95/8OZ or
>I also found a pretty big article on Carolina Biological Supply that
>discussed keeping and raising blackworms
>The technique seems to basically be to put the worms in a tank with a
>of inches of water and shredded paper in the bottom.
>Has anyone had any success keeping blackworms? In tucson, I could pretty
>much get 1 oz of worms to last a week or so, but I had a fair amount of die
>off. If you've ever kept blackworms, you know how nasty this is. The idea
>of 15 oz of these critters croaking in the fridge is not amusing. I also
>don't want to chuck that kind of money down the sink
>Geoff Kimber

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