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Postby jolson » Thu May 17, 2012 8:22 am

I almost lost my micro worm curlture last week and it got me thinking that maybe there were others that might have some cultures. It would be nice if we could have a few people with cultures around so if something happened we could get replacement starters without having to order over the internet. anyone have anything out there.
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Sun May 20, 2012 4:45 pm

what no one raises live food any more, The good old days are gone. flake and frozen foods are much better then they used to be but nothing grows fish and conditions them to spawn faster then live food
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Re: live foods

Postby beresfordmike » Sun May 20, 2012 4:54 pm

I have everything needed to get started but the worms. If you'd like to give a couple spoonfuls I'd set up and get cultures going.
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Re: live foods

Postby cichlidman » Sun May 20, 2012 7:15 pm

plus there are only 5 of us on this site with freshwater fish......LOL
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Sun May 20, 2012 10:17 pm

what do you want I have white worms, grindal worms, micro worms, walter worms, banana worms, vinager eels and red worms

it really surprises me that the FW communitie is not more active because I know that they are out there lurking in the bushes
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Re: live foods

Postby beresfordmike » Sun May 20, 2012 10:43 pm

I'd get cultures of grindal, micro and walter worms going right now if you want to give me some starters.
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Mon May 21, 2012 8:13 am

no problem let me know when you will be in town
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Re: live foods

Postby TURQ64 » Thu May 24, 2012 10:11 pm

I feed flakes, pellets,freeze-dried, and frozen..But I also feed and culture live stuff..I raise red wigglers, Louisiana nightcrawlers (don't need refridgeration, unlike canadian crawlers), California Blackworms, rotifers, bloodworms (midge larvae), self-cloning Marmokrebs,and fruit flies..If I cultured anything else, my wife would leave me..then who'd feed my fish and inverts when I'm prospecting?
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Tue May 29, 2012 8:36 am

I raised blood worms for a while but white worms are so much easyier and 20 times more productive unless you have figured out a better way. Marmokrebs what do you feed them to I assume just the youg ones because they get pretty large. Do you get much production out of the blackworms I have never done it but it looked pretty low return from what Ive seen. Im still interested in some of the discus and rams so some day I will come up and see your setup
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Re: live foods

Postby IraqVet » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:31 am

I do not know anything about raising live foods for my freshwater fish. I would be interested in learning I think. I have a
56g planted tank
2 or 3 Cherry Barbs
1 Neon Tetra
2 Silver Dollars
1 High Fin Pleco
1 Raphael Cat
1 Raindow
3 Rosey Barbs

Would raising the food be beneficial to these fish? and what is incolved?
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Re: live foods

Postby mrwillster » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:05 pm

how do you start a culture? any body know some good pages/websites/ articles to teach a noob on live foods?
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:31 pm

just type in micro worms or white worms or grindal worm culture in U- tube and check out what they have djrramsey has a lot of good info its where I got a lot of my ideas
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:06 am

vinegar ells are super simple make up a culture and it lasts for a year, micro worms take a little time you have to make up new cultures every 3-4 weeks both are excellant for fish fry, grindal worms are a little bigger and not much work I have been using the same two cultures for over six months but you need to feed them every other day or so.and they are perfect for fish from 1/2 inch to 3 inches, white worms are the most productive but they need to be kept at around 60 degress so most people keep them in wine coolers my cooler was $100 at walmart but I get enough worms to feed 15 to 20 tanks every day and even my large africans up to 6 inches go crazy for them. Are they benifical well yes processed foods are better then ever and easy to use I would say that live foods are like eating fresh food instead of processed food, lots of things that they just cant put in processed foods like hormons and enzimes and many vitamins that are destroyed in the processing of fish foods. worth it to me becasue I am mainly interested in breeding fish and there is nothing better for them then live foods.
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:51 pm

thought I give this a bump because I did give away a few cultures but not many so if anyone is still interested I am willing to give away anything you are interested in. if you want to breed your fish there is nothing like live food to condition the breeders, I think it was Charlie Grimes a really famous breeder who said " want eggs, feed worms " also there is nothing better then live food for your new fry, bbs is probably no1 in use but worms are second and easy to keep and also an exellent backup if your bbs hatch fails
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Re: live foods

Postby black hills tj » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:23 pm

I'd be interested in starting some cultures. I'm going to get back into breeding.
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:29 am

any time
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Re: live foods

Postby black hills tj » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:42 am

jolson wrote:any time


Ill meet up with you sometime.this week. ill shoot you a pm so we don't clutter this thread though.


I have Fed frozen foods before, but nothing live.
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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:30 pm

looking for a starter culture of microworms thought someone that I gave some to might still have some
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Re: live foods

Postby aquaticgeek » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:17 pm

I'll see if I can round some up. Not sure if the guy still has his going


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Re: live foods

Postby jolson » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:47 pm

that would be great no one else has come up with any
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