How to have an Axolotl “food machine” saving you both time and money.
Sick and tired of spending your hard earned money and time at your local bait store or pet store?
Worm Farms Explained ...
If you are in constant need of healthy, not too big but not too small worms for your beloved Axolotl or any worm eating aquatic animal and are sick and tired of spending your hard earned money and time at your local bait store or pet store, you really should consider starting your own European Night crawler worm farm.
Why European Night crawlers? First of all, most axolotls love them. Secondly, they provide the best protein-based nutrition for your axolotl. Thirdly, they are hearty and survive even in low-level composted food environments. If you have been using salmon pellets to feed your axolotl that is great, but you may be discovering how fast it makes the water murky and forces you to do clean water changes more often. Simply put, European Night crawlers are easier to care for, easier to handle, easy to reproduce, less messy than salmon pellets and axolotls eat them more readily than any other worm.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “EEEEEwwww a worm farm with tons of creepy-crawly, squirmy, slimy worms slithering around.” But, on the contrary, it is super easy and clean to do. We are NOT talking about making a big flower bed in the middle of your kitchen seething with night crawlers. We ARE talking about a special bin about 12” long X 8” wide X 6” high containing either 100 to 250 premium European Night crawlers to start living & breeding inside a special combination of premium soil, peat moss and loose coconut fiber substrate made from the husks of coconuts. A good, reliable worm farm made from 2 hard plastic bins where the top bin has drainage holes and is vented on the lid and a bottom bin that catches any water that drains out. Check them all out at: Our Worm Farms page
Once you get your worm farm going, the breeding cycle is approximately 27 days from mating to laying eggs. Worms can double in population every 60 days, but this does not mean you will have 200 to 500 worms 2-3 months from now. First, take into consideration how many worms you will be feeding to your axolotl each day. Second, take into the consideration the lifecycle of the worms. A mature worm can lay 2-3 cocoons per week & each cocoon will hatch 2-4 baby worms after about 11 weeks. Baby worms take 4-6 weeks to become sexually mature. From cocoon to sexual maturity, the process for making new adult worms is up to 18 weeks. Once a week feed the worms a little bit of fruit and vegetable scraps that would normally be thrown away, such as peels, rinds, cores, etc. Limit the amount of citrus fruits that you place in the bin. NO MEATS, BONES, OILS OR DAIRY PRODUCTS. Cut or break food scraps into small pieces--the smaller, the better. FEED, WATER and FLUFF!!! To keep worms happy, breeding and providing Axolotl food for you, feed them about once a week. If bedding dries up, spray with water. Fluff up bedding once a week so the worms get enough air. Bedding should be kept moist but not wet. Too much moisture will create an anaerobic rotting environment and will prevent reproduction and can kill your worms. As bedding breaks down over time, you can add more. Coconut coir, shredded paper, or shredded cardboard are all fine. Be sure to keep the soil light and airy, if it is dense, clumpy, and wet, you need to change some out but always make new bedding damp before you add it.
At first it may be hard to tell if they are breeding but give it a good 60-days. And, unless you have 2 worm farms (1 to breed & 1 to feed) you may have to resupply your worm farm several times before they get reproducing. But stick with it, you will start to see white cocoons throughout the bedding. Once hatched they will reach adulthood in four to six weeks. Once your new worms have reached adulthood, they are mature enough to reproduce and then the cycle begins all over. Feed-n-Breed continuously! Feed some to your axolotls and breed some to keep the food supply going strong! Here is how to get hooked up with an ALL-IN-ONE, easy-to-setup Worm Farm Kit ready-to-go and completely stocked with the finest European Night crawlers available. Just go HERE Our Worm Farms come with our special covered worm bins filled with nutritious bedding that will provide your worms with the food they need to get you off to a good start. You can choose to start with 100 to 250 live European Night crawlers ready to breed and ready to be fed to your axolotls. Complete detailed instructions and a very useful What to Feed your Worms Guide are included. Buy 2 worm farms and you can get the 2nd one for 10% off. Use 1 farm to feed your pet while you let the other one breed & multiply. Rotate use and refill as needed. This is highly recommended. Otherwise, if you only have one worm farm with 100 worms, you will in all likely hood use more worms than are being reproduced in your farm. 2 farms are better than one. One breeds and the other feeds. It may take some time to get a balance of usage vs how many you are reproducing and you may need to buy a resupply of just worms, which you can do by going here: ENC Worms
Mix or match 6 different bin colors as you please. Check them all out at: Our Worm Farms page
Tina Heckman Owner/Chief Axolotl Fanatic
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