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Item:2240885271174 OZ EACH MICROWORM - WALTER WORM - VINEGAR EEL CULTURES Fry Food Guppy Betta. BUY 2 GET 1 FREE * LIMITED TIME * SPECIAL OFFER Simply add 2 in your cart at checkout and we will send a 3rd Combo free with your order STARTER CULTURE COMBO 4 OZ LIVE MICROWORM CULTURE 4 OZ LIVE WALTER WORM CULTURE 4 OZ LIVE VINEGAR EEL CULTURE MICROWORMS Live Microworms are a great starter food for small fry's healthy diet. Excellent First Food for newborn fry such as betta, guppy, killifish, gourami, tetra, barb, danios, platy, corydora, “ Microworms ” is the common name for the group of microscopic white nematodes used as a food for small fish fry. Most smaller adult fish will also eat the Microworms, picking at them throughout the day. They reproduce very quickly, females birthing up to 40 babies every one or two days for most of their life span. They live for several weeks, but not usually more than a month. They grow quickly to maturity (about 3 days) and reach a maximum size .45 – 2 mm or < 0.1 inch in just six days. T hese nematodes have been cultured by aquarium hobbyists since the 1930s. Microworms will survive in the aquarium for 12 Hours & can live up to two (2) days giving the fry a constant food source without over feeding. The Microworms have a whitish color and will move & wiggle in the water which triggers the eating reflex of baby fish. Nutritional information: (48% protein, 21% lipids, 7% glycogen, 1% organic acids, and 1% nucleic acids) Microworms are not harmful to humans. CULTURING INFORMATION Culturing Microworms is very easy! At normal household temperatures (70-75 F or 20-28 C) you will find the culture of microworms at it’s peak productivity. Range: 68-85 F MATERIAL NEEDED TO START A MICRWORM CULTURE: 1. Any Clean, Soap & Chemical free Container with a tight fitting lid, I recommend using a 1 lb. or 2 lb. Deli Style Clear Plastic Container with a tight Snap On Lid. (Note: the microworms will crawl up the inside of the container, the deeper the better. Clear, allows you to observe the culture and how it is doing.) Some people use the inexpensive Glad or ZipLock containers. Have extra containers to start more future cultures. 2. A starch based medium. We use Instant Mashed Potato Flakes or Oatmeal. Baby Cereal or Corn Meal can also be used. 3. Water that you would use for your Aquarium. (No Chlorine or other Chemicals) Water from the aquarium is what I use. 4. Bakers Active Dry Yeast 5. Microworm Starter Culture DIRECTIONS With a sharp, thin knife or razor blade put several small slits in the top of the container lid (for Aeration ). This will allow air in but not insects / fruit flies or gnats. Or, Use a pin to poke holes in the lid. You can also punch or cut a small hole in the center of the lid then cover it with fine mesh like nylon stocking, coffee filter, paper towel, napkin or cotton. Use good tape or super glue to attach it. Place about 1/2 to 3/4 inch layer of dry Potato Flakes or Oatmeal in the bottom of the container. Oatmeal can be cooked but is not necessary. I've used it both ways. The Microworms live on the top of the mixture and a deeper Medium serves no purpose. Moisten with water until saturated but not runny. Use only enough water to make a paste constancy, Not Watery. Sprinkle a small pinch of yeast over the top. Add Microworm Starter Culture. Place lid on Container. Within 3 to 7 days the Microworms will start to crawl up the side of the container. COLLECTING THE MICROWORMS Using something with a flat edge, scrape the Microworms off the side of the container. Be careful not to dip into the starter culture on the bottom. I use a 2 1/2 inch 4 sided mini wooden stick, normally used for crafting (Purchased at Walmart in Crafts area). You can also use a toothpick, popsicle stick, plastic knife... Some people use a small paint brush, Q-tip or finger. Whatever works best for you! FEED THE FISH! A culture can produce Microworms well for 2 weeks & up to 6 weeks or longer. Start a new culture or more every 2 - 4 weeks using the method above. It is also good to have several cultures going at the same time just in case something happens to one. I feed multiple tanks daily so I start several new cultures every week to ensure I always have enough. Once a culture has quit producing, wash the container well. Rinse making sure there is no soap residue. Re-use the container for the next culture. Using the method above, you can produce a continuous supply of Microworms. WALTER WORMS Live Walter Worms are a great starter food for small fry's healthy diet. Excellent First Food for newborn fry such as betta, guppy, killifish, gourami, tetra, barb, danios, platy, corydora, “ Walter Worms ” is the common name for the group of microscopic white nematodes used as a food for small fish fry. Most smaller adult fish will also eat the Walter Worms, picking at them throughout the day. Their Tiny size makes them more appropriate for very small fry that are not able to eat baby brine shrimp or Microworms. Walter Worms stay in the water column longer then microworms, which tend to sink. This makes Walter Worms best for middle of the tank feeding fry but can be consumed by all small fry. Baby brine shrimp are often too large for some newly hatched fish fry to eat in the first couple weeks of life. Walter Worms are around half the size of microworms. Walter Worms are relatively new to the Aquarium Hobby. They were first cultured by Helmut Walter in 2002. German literature is classifying Walter worms as Panagrellus Silusiodes. They grow quickly to maturity and reach a maximum size of 0.04 inch in just six days. On average Adults are >1/16 of an inch or less. They live for about 35 days and a female Walter Worms can have 60 young a day starting at around 4 days old. Walter Worms can live at room temperatures, and optimum reproduction rate is at about 68-85F degrees. Walter Worms will survive in the aquarium for 12 Hours & can live up to two (2) days giving the fry a constant food source without over feeding. The Walter Worms have a whitish color and will move & wiggle in the water which triggers the eating reflex of baby fish. Nutritional information: (48% protein, 21% lipids, 7% glycogen, 1% organic acids, and 1% nucleic acids) Walter Worms are not harmful to humans. CULTURING INFORMATION SAME METHOD AS FOR MICROWORMS VINEGAR EELS Live Vinegar Eels are a great starter food for small fry's healthy diet. Excellent food for newborn fry such as betta, guppy, killifish, gourami, tetra, barb, danios, platy, corydora... “ Vinegar Eel ” is the common name for this group of microscopic, non-parasitic, small Aquatic Nematodes (Turbatrix Aceti) used as a food for small fish fry. This means that the Vinegar Eels can live in a water environment like an Aquarium for some time. Most smaller adult fish will also eat the Vinegar Eels , picking at them throughout the day. Unlike baby brine shrimp, vinegar Eels will last much longer in your tank until your fry or adult fish eat them. Vinegar eels can live in an aquarium for days on end and they swim throughout the water column. This means less chance of these live food fouling the water. To reproduce they need to live in apple cider vinegar. The female Vinegar Eel gives birth up to 45 young every 8-10 days, and live for an average of 10 months. The adults reach a size of a bout 1/16 inch or 1 - 2 mm in length, young are much smaller. Vinegar Eels need air exchange to survive and they live and eat off of fermenting apple in the vinegar culture. Their tiny size makes them appropriate for small fry that are not able to eat larger food. The Vinegar Eel will go through six stages of development: egg, four larval stages, and adult. This cycle will occur completely in the vinegar medium; it takes five weeks to reach the adult stage. The total life span is about 10 months. A healthy culture can reproduce at 20X it's population in just 8 days. Vinegar Eels are not harmful to humans. CULTURING INFORMATION Culturing Vinegar Eels is very easy! Vinegar Eels do well at temperatures from 60-90 degrees. Room temperatures of 68-85 degrees are ideal for optimum reproduction rates. MATERIAL NEEDED TO START A VINEGAR EEL CULTURE: 1. A Clean, Soap & Chemical free, clear, long neck bottle. (Wine bottles are a good choice, any clear bottle with a neck) 2. Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (With the 'Mother' is best, We use Braggs) 3. 1 Apple, washed well 4. Coffee Filter or Paper Towel & Rubber Band 5. Vinegar Eel Starter Culture DIRECTIONS Fill a long neck bottle 3/4 of the way to the top with a 50/50 solution of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and spring or bottled water. Add a few pieces of sliced apple and pour in your vinegar eel culture. Top off the bottle to just at the bottom of the neck. The neck of the bottle should have air in it. Cover the top loosely with a coffee filter or paper towel securing it with a rubber band. This will allow air exchange for the vinegar Eels . Set in an out of the way place at room temperature. A new culture will take anywhere from 7-14 days for harvesting and can take up to a month, depending temperature, size of the starter culture or size of the container. You will know when your Vinegar Eel culture is doing well, you will see them gathered around the top edge of the Vinegar mixture in the bottle. They are very tiny and hard to see. I use a 10X Magnifying glass used for jewelry. COLLECTING THE VINEGAR EELS MATERIALS NEEDED Cotton Ball Fishing Line or Strong String Fresh Water Eye Dropper or Pipette There may be some slight evaporation of the solution, so you might need to add water to the mix once in a while. If your culture was not originally at the bottom of the neck, pour a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water into the bottle until it reaches the bottom of the neck. Don't fill the neck, you want to have it just at the bottom of the neck. Place a cotton ball with Fishing line or strong string attached down into the lower 1/3 into the neck of the bottle. This will make getting the cotton out of the bottle much easier. The bottom of the cotton should just touch the culture. Leave space between the cotton and the top of the bottle. Gently fill the neck of the bottle with water. The water will stay on the top, the vinegar will stay below the cotton. Vinegar Eels need air. Leave the bottle set for a couple hours. They will crawl through the cotton, into the fresh water and in the top of the bottle neck to get oxygen. Using an eye dropper or Pipette, siphon the fresh water, full of vinegar eels out of the top portion of the neck of the bottle. FEED THE FISH! To collect more Vinegar Eels, simply add more fresh water to the bottle neck. Or: Remove the cotton and siphon just enough liquid out to return the level to the bottom of the neck. A culture can produce Vinegar Eels well for 6 Months & up to a year or longer. Every few months or 6... add a few slices of apple. Make sure to keep the culture topped of with water once in a while. When doing this, adding vinegar is not necessary, only the water will evaporate. Start a second culture or more using the method above. It is good to have several cultures going at the same time just in case something happens to one. Using the method above, you can produce a continuous supply of Vinegar Eels SHIPPING PLEASE MAKE SURE THE SHIPPING ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH EBAY IS CORRECT. Orders are shipped USPS First Class Mail TRACKING WILL BE PROVIDED Please watch for your package and be available to receive it. 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Amount:4 oz Each Microworms - Walter Worms - Vinegar Eels