Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Breeding
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-25-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
Question any info.

i have baby guppies and i heard that microworms is a good food source.


how do i grow it?
do i need to buy it?
how to take care of it?

any info will help
__________________

__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bob mccoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: colorado
Posts: 1,441
get some brine shrimp or crush up flake food to powder
__________________

__________________
bob mccoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
but what about microworms
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #4
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
A google search will turn up a ton of info including pictures. They are one of the easiest live foods to culture and are good for most fry.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Plattsmouth, Ne
Posts: 75
Most people use brine shrimp (like me) because it is faster, cleaner, and easier than culturing microworms. You can read up on microworms with a google search if no one else has any info about them.
__________________
- Mike
55g - 12 Fancy Guppies, 10 Ghost Shrimp, 2 Burmese Loaches, 3 BN Pleco's
90g starting soon!
MRT555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
I would argue that microworms are much faster and simpler to maintain since you only have to reculture them once a week or so, and harvesting is as simple as swiping a finger around the container. I have to reculture my bbs daily.

However for worms there is a 'gross' factor for some, lol.

I do prefer bbs over microworms as far as nutrition goes, though, and I feed them both regularly.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
and i heard bbs can cause swim bladder disorder
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
I've heard that also, but haven't seen it yet. I don't feed bbs exclusively, I usually rotate it in every few days.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:25 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
how do you grow the microworms
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:28 PM   #10
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
Let me google that for you
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 04:33 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bs6749's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Paw Paw, MI
Posts: 2,493
Quote:
Originally Posted by jetajockey View Post
I would argue that microworms are much faster and simpler to maintain since you only have to reculture them once a week or so, and harvesting is as simple as swiping a finger around the container. I have to reculture my bbs daily.
I couldn't agree more.
__________________
bs6749 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
k let me know
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 05:58 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
do i grow the microworm or buy them
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Aron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Carlisle, England
Posts: 265
Click on jetajockeys link 'let me google that for you'. You will find some great examples of how to grow your own microworm, with lists of what you will need.
__________________
Aron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Aron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Carlisle, England
Posts: 265
The best/easiest one so far copied direct from source:

Culturing microworms

Microworms are an excellent food for small fry, and are one of the easiest live foods to culture.

Thanks to Tahia Reynaga for suppying the following detailed method.

Materials:

live starter culture
one transparent or semi-transparent container with a tight-fitting lid
nail or similar, to make holes in the lid
100% pure oats
pure tap water
active dry yeast
paper towel large enough to fully cover the container with surplus at the edges
plastic spoon
Procedure:

I prefer to use a container that is approximately 7x7 inches. Deli counters or salad bars often have good containers that are used for take-away meals. Chinese food delivery meals often come in similar plastic containers. Make sure you find one with a tight-fitting lid and transparent or semi-transparent sides.

Begin by poking some holes in the lid with a nail. The holes should be as wide as the nail. Make about nine holes for a 7x7 container. These holes will allow air to reach the culture. Rinse the lid and container in hot water several times to make sure it is as clean and sterile as possible.

Cook the oats for approximately five minutes, stirring the mixture the whole time. You will want the mixture to be thick but not dry. You should be able to pour it.

When the oatmeal has cooled enough to touch, pour it into the container. Remember that as it cools it will congeal, so you may need to stir in a bit more water to be able to pour it. In order to prevent any flies from entering the mixture, place the oatmeal in the refrigerator while it cools.

With your plastic spoon, take about three teaspoons or so of the culture and spread it onto the oatmeal, which should be cool to the touch, or at least room temperature. Make sure it is cool enough so that it will not kill the microworms. Spread the starter culture around on top of the oatmeal.

Dissolve a very small amount of yeast (just a few grains per culture) in a small amount of warm water. Pour this over the oatmeal. Place your paper towel on top of the container, and then secure the lid onto the container. The paper towel serves to keep out any fruit flies, which would otherwise lay lots of eggs in the culture/oatmeal mix.

Set the culture someplace warm, like on the hood of a fish tank, where the heat generated by the fluorescent lights will stimulate the microworms to breed. In a few hours, check to see if you can see any worms wriggling on the side of the container. Once the culture really takes off, you should set it somewhere cool in order to minimise the smell. When the culture starts to smell a lot, subculture it by taking a small portion and spreading it on freshly prepared oatmeal, as indicated in the above steps.

You can harvest your culture by using your finger, Q-tips, or any small tool that can scoop up the worms. If you take the worms from the sides of the container, you should be able to avoid any oatmeal. I like to rinse my worms by putting them into a small amount of water (tank water is fine). You can then use an eyedropper to feed them to your fry.

Web www.thetropicaltank.co.uk
__________________
Aron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
alia258's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,319
Hey, sorry to butt in like this, but I'm planning on feeding my guppy fry crushed food flakes. Is that okay?
__________________
alia258 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
alia258's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,319
The babies aren't born yet, just was planning to feed them that.
__________________
alia258 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
i think they will eat it mine are because i had to try it with mine since i had nothing ells and they excepted it
__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2012, 07:46 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
alia258's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,319
Okay! That's good! (ps, excepted is when something is an exception to a rule, accepted is when something or someone takes something and likes it)
__________________
alia258 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 09:39 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 100
i got the microworms they love it
__________________

__________________
bettamax is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
can any one is this? bskerrichard27 Saltwater & Reef - Identification 6 02-28-2012 09:52 PM
Do you have any nano addition recommendations for us? themartins Nano Reefs 14 02-28-2012 06:03 PM
If you could have any tank what would it be? Maxkolbe Aquaria Off-Topic 12 02-25-2012 06:01 PM
blood parrots any info randy86 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 02-25-2012 02:17 PM
Any help would be appreciated! Shammrock Cichlid Discussion 5 02-24-2012 02:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×