A watertight plastic container minimum size 6” x 4” and 2” deep (ice cream and margarine tubs, etc are ideal). If the lid is tight fitting please ensure you put some small air holes in the lid.
Small amount of porridge oats/ready brek. Small packet of dry yeast. Q-tips or child’s paintbrush for removal of worms as they crawl up the side of the container.
Small amount of porridge oats/ready brek.
Small packet of dry yeast.
Q-tips or child’s paintbrush for removal of worms as they crawl up the side of the container.
Micro worms are an excellent live food for fish fry and are very easy to raise. Micro Worms are white in colour and grow up to 3mm in length.
You will need a container with a lid, for example an ice cream tub. You can use whatever you want; it just needs to be waterproof. The worms need to breathe, so if the lid is airtight, put some small holes into the lid. If the cover fits loosely, then there is no need for the holes.
Micro worms are easy to see you can see a shimmering on the surface of the culture media. Micro worms are a good first food for bigger fry, or as a second food for smaller fry.
First, add about a ¾ inch or so of dry porridge oats. Then add water, tap water is fine, and mix it all together so it is sloppy, but not watery. I found a fork the easiest to use.
Next, add a pinch or so of dry active yeast to the top of the cereal. The micro worms feed off of the yeast. Lastly, spread your micro worm starter over the top of the culture medium. If it is dry, add a touch of water to make it easier to spread. Be careful to not make it watery though.
The culture should be kept in a well lighted area at room temperature, 68-85°F. Micro worms can withstand temperatures below 32°F but greater daily production can be expected at higher temperatures; however, cultures last longer at lower temperatures.