1/4 pound Red wiggler culture - Eisendia Fetida

Russian Red wiggler culture - Eisendia Fetida
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Russian Red wiggler culture - Eisendia Fetida
    You are bidding on one fourth of a pound of live Red wigglers - (Eisendia Fetida or sometimes spelled Foetida), also known as composting worms, redworm, brandling worm, panfish worm, trout worm, tiger worm, red wiggler worm, red wrigglers, red californian earth worm, etc. They are a species of small earthworm adapted to decaying organic material but you can feed them almost anything not greasy. We recommend stuff like instant potatoe flakes or cream of wheat -- or any ground up grain. See the bottom pic to see the ground up rice and dried egg yolk we have been using. We have tried some of the stuff on the websites like your used paper towels or old pasta but we find stuff like that takes longer to decompose than we expected. Life is too short and why not give them undecayed food and have a little more control of things. From us you will get about twice the weight claimed in our ad as we give a little over half the weight in the dirt and peat moss in which they are growing (and life is too short to spend counting worms). A pound of the worms contains about 1000 worms so there should be at least 250 in the starter culture we sell as 1/4 pound. We recommend something like a 20 gallon tote with an extra lid underneath the tote. Drill tiny holes in the bottom of the tote and when you put water in with the worms, any excess will just drain down into the bottom lid and allow drainage and help keep the culture from building up toxins. We mix about 50/50 of topsoil and peat moss and when feeding them we use a large spoon to dig a trench and put the food in the trench and rebury the trench. For collecting the worms, you also dig in the dirt with a large spoon. They will usually be where you buried the food but they could be almost anywhere in the container but once the culture is thriving they are pretty concentrated. Check the links below for how to separate the worms from the dirt as that is the most difficult part. We occasionally see ants and tiny little fruit flies on the surface of the dirt but put the food deeper and keep it relatively damp and you don't see such problems. Red wiggler worms can eat about half of their weight in food every day (that is scraps for composting) so if you can figure out how much of the food you leave gets eaten in a day or two you should be able to estimate how many you have in your culture. I suspect the worms eat less by weight of the more processed stuff we recommend for culturing worms to feed you aquatic animals. They double their number every 90 days or so -- start with a larger culture if you need it quickly. We find any cichlid big enough to eat them will go for them and you can sort them by size to match them with smaller fish. I used to culture white worms and you could put the dirt with the worms over a screen over a bowl. A warm light on the dirt would make the worms go through the screen into the bowl -- what little dummies. You can try something similar for the wigglers -- using a smaller screen for smaller escapees. Culturing information sites are all different but some say the worms will live up to 10 years. The worms will reproduce and you don't need to worry about buying an equal number of male and female worms -- they're hermaphroditic (that word they called you in junior high school). In other words, they have both male and female sex organs, yet it still takes two worms to reproduce.
    Here is some red wiggler trivia: I heard a while ago that there were no earthworms in the United States prior to Columbus. The article stated that the ice age and glaciation had killed off any native worms and they originally came to America in the dirt ballasting of ships. When the ships offloaded the dirt to fill the cargo hold with tobacco or whatever some of the dirt and worms ended up on the shore. The article went on to state that in the four hundred years or so since then the worms have reached Minnesota where some keep-it-native-species groups are trying to hold back the invasion.

    Here are some links to webpages on culturing the red wiggler for fish food or composting:

    How Vermicomposting Works --- and some info and pictures.

    Wikipedia's page on red wigglers

Russian Red Wigglers
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Shipping Info
    We usually ship out on Monday and Tuesday. Shipping cost is $7.00, priority mail for one small culture of 1/4 pound of worms and about 1/4 pound of soil and peat moss (small flat-rate box). Combine them with our cultures of or russian red daphnia and/or russian red cherry shrimp in the medium flat-rate box for $13.00 shipping plus whatever price you can negotiate with Rhonda -- in the larger box she may even put in some peat moss for you so you don't have to buy a whole bale (email Rhonda -- rlmoormann@gmail.com). Live arrival is guaranteed only with Express mail, FedX next day or air cargo (Southwest). For non-alive-arrival claims a picture of the fish in the unopened bag within 72 hours is required (remember that the guarantee is for Express mail, FedX next day or air cargo only). None of the shipping companies has meaningful insurance -- only the shipping cost will be reimbursed on a successful claim -- if you try to push the issue the likely result will be that they will flag your destination area to not receive shipped animals.
    Most people want Priority Mail which is not guaranteed for live arrival or for a delivery time but is usually successful without heat packs for fish when your local temperatures remain between 60F and 90F for 72 hours after the date we agree to mail them -- so pay attention to your local weather.
    We have heat packs for an additional $1.00 each but only ask for them when the high temperature remains below 75F to avoid fish stew.
    Note that for daphnia, red-wigglers, scuds, and bloodworms they only need to avoid freezing temperatures.
    We pack all non-labyrinth breathing fish with 100% oxygen above the clean/aged water. For any questions, to negotiate shipping, and other quantities or combinations, email Rhonda at rlmoormann@gmail.com
Russian Red Wigglers
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More Information
    Be sure to look at the movie(s) below. The wigglers are usually red in color and my previous investigations into Brine Shrimp indicates that color is indicative of an increased amount of hemoglobin in whatever species of animal -- the adaption to live in oxygen-depleted water is an aid to culturing them.
    You can see the russian red wigglers in action on YouTube at link(s)
    red wrigglers m 2
    red wigglers m 3
    All fish and live food are sold as is.
    See our web site at marinefreshtropical.com for more information including a large text file on daphnia propagation.
    On the Species page of the site is a Excel 2000 spreadsheet with more species of available fish.
    Air cargo is typically $70 for the first 100# -- about 3 large boxes -- fish and shipping must be pre-paid.
    We also have a jobber list of our fish at even lower prices but in larger quantities.
    We are mostly a hatchery and grow-out operation but we have access to a 30+ page list of fish we can order -- we recently had 200 bettas dropshipped to NY for a fund-raiser for example. Larger fish and larger quantities are available. We can ship airport to airport.