David’s Live Fish Foods

Banana Worm Culturing

Requirements - 1 small container with lid covered air hole to keep out the bugs Media - instant potatoes, baby cereal or oatmeal enough water to make a thick slurry small amount of yeast, at least with the first culture banana worm starter culture Banana worms have been around for a few years. I always thought that they were just a gimmicky name for microworms to get hobbyists to buy something new. Then at the 2014 Catfish Convention I had a conversation with some of the 'bigger brains' and they said that they had found some corydoras fry that would eat banana worms and not eat microworms. With that information, they had decided that the banana worms had to be different than microworms. I had to give them a try. I treat the banana worms the exact same way I treat microworms. Seem to be the same worms to me. Then I checked them under a mocroscope. Banana worms are SMALLER THAN MICROWORMS. I checked over and over again. The biggest banana worms are only 3/4 the size of large microworms. Even after several generations of both in my instant potato media the info still holds true. Banana worms are smaller than microworms. That would mean they would be easier for really small fry to eat. How to culture these banana worms? Very easy to do. Take a small plastic container with both surface area and sides that are a couple of inches high. A used margarine container will work. I use the disposable left over plastic containers. I prefer the see through ones so I can tell how the culture is doing without taking the top off. If the culture has completely crashed I do not want to open it for cleaning inside the house. I take it outside to dump it out and rinse out under the hose. Then I can actually clean the container for reuse. Cut a small, roughly 1 inch square hole in the lid. Find some filter material, cotton ball or something to stuff into the hole. The hole is to let air exchange with the culture. The stuffing is to prevent gnats, bugs or fruit flies from eating the culture media and ruining your culture. Put a 1/2" or so of the desired media in the bottom along with enough water to make up a thick slurry. Smooth it out. If this is the first culture or you want a little faster growth out of the worms, add a few grains of a yeast powder. Now add your banana worm culture. I use a spoon to skim from a good culture. Just skim the top of the old culture. The worms only live in the top layer of the media. A big deep media does not make it a better culture. I always have a culture that is not as tall as 1 inch. As the worms grow and multiple, the extra worms will crawl up the sides of the container. Very easy to harvest with your finger or Q-tip or whatever you want to use. A culture will last a couple of weeks. The media will get soupy and then watery as it deteriorates. By the watery stage you do not want to lift the lid off inside. Trust me. The smell is better with the instant potatoes. Below is a Youtube video showing all of this in action. Please subscribe to my channel and stay up to date on all my latest videos.
David’s Live Fish Foods

Banana Worm Culturing

Requirements - 1 small container with lid covered air hole to keep out the bugs Media - instant potatoes, baby cereal or oatmeal enough water to make a thick slurry small amount of yeast, at least with the first culture banana worm starter culture Banana worms have been around for a few years. I always thought that they were just a gimmicky name for microworms to get hobbyists to buy something new. Then at the 2014 Catfish Convention I had a conversation with some of the 'bigger brains' and they said that they had found some corydoras fry that would eat banana worms and not eat microworms. With that information, they had decided that the banana worms had to be different than microworms. I had to give them a try. I treat the banana worms the exact same way I treat microworms. Seem to be the same worms to me. Then I checked them under a mocroscope. Banana worms are SMALLER THAN MICROWORMS. I checked over and over again. The biggest banana worms are only 3/4 the size of large microworms. Even after several generations of both in my instant potato media the info still holds true. Banana worms are smaller than microworms. That would mean they would be easier for really small fry to eat. How to culture these banana worms? Very easy to do. Take a small plastic container with both surface area and sides that are a couple of inches high. A used margarine container will work. I use the disposable left over plastic containers. I prefer the see through ones so I can tell how the culture is doing without taking the top off. If the culture has completely crashed I do not want to open it for cleaning inside the house. I take it outside to dump it out and rinse out under the hose. Then I can actually clean the container for reuse. Cut a small, roughly 1 inch square hole in the lid. Find some filter material, cotton ball or something to stuff into the hole. The hole is to let air exchange with the culture. The stuffing is to prevent gnats, bugs or fruit flies from eating the culture media and ruining your culture. Put a 1/2" or so of the desired media in the bottom along with enough water to make up a thick slurry. Smooth it out. If this is the first culture or you want a little faster growth out of the worms, add a few grains of a yeast powder. Now add your banana worm culture. I use a spoon to skim from a good culture. Just skim the top of the old culture. The worms only live in the top layer of the media. A big deep media does not make it a better culture. I always have a culture that is not as tall as 1 inch. As the worms grow and multiple, the extra worms will crawl up the sides of the container. Very easy to harvest with your finger or Q-tip or whatever you want to use. A culture will last a couple of weeks. The media will get soupy and then watery as it deteriorates. By the watery stage you do not want to lift the lid off inside. Trust me. The smell is better with the instant potatoes. Below is a Youtube video showing all of this in action. Please subscribe to my channel and stay up to date on all my latest videos.