About Bloodworms and Aquatic Snails in my Aquaponics:
People often put a type of composting worms into the grow bed of their systems to further break down the heavy solids into something the micro flora can more easily feed to the plants? Wouldn’t bloodworms do the same thing?
Indoors the benefit, to me, of bloodworms is that they would more likely stay in the water if things went sour. I’d hate to have one of my roommates come down to the basement to do laundry to find the floor crawling with worms trying to escape through the crack at the bottom of my door. Yikes! Great roommates are hard to find.
My fish LOVE to eat bloodworms, frozen like I buy at the store, but especially alive.
I threw the hundred or more I sifted out of the sand filter today and dumped them into the main grow bed. That’s maybe where they can help the plants the most. I totally don’t mind mosquito looking things that don’t bite flying around my room. If anything I have made it as difficulty as possible for these critters to escape.
This is one of the benefits of having a modular sand filter inside your sump tank, the way I do. So it can easily be disconnected and brought outside to clean it with a hose. If you have a drain pipe on your sand filter and you blast it with a vacuum hose on reverse like a lot of folks, you might not notice your wasting a huge colony of beneficial critters.
Fish grown preliminary mini smoke report:
Early sample of lower flowers from a 100% Aquaponics flowered/seeded bud. PCT F2.
Yum yum yummy yum. It’s like a dry blueberry candy. Fish/Crayfish/bloodworm/aquatic snail grown blows away anything I’ve grown yet. Yup, better than coco with the store bought nutes.
The seeds look dark and healthy. xGA I’ll call this one Mad’s Bomb Berry.
I’m flushing that first round for another week. Can’t wait to vape those.
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Wouldn’t those do the same thing? I’m
Talking about the small 2-5mm black variety. There was a bloom of those in the sand filter today as well. I scooped them up and threw to the Butterfly Koi. They sank and the fish raced around the bottom and gobbled them up.
They poop out the shells! The Crayfish is supposed to like these also. Maybe that’s why I never find them in that tank.
I washed the egg sacks off from the inside of the sand filter into the back yard.
I didn’t add these organisms on purpose. I put Duck Weed from a local pond in there to try to feed my fish, about a year ago. They came with the water. They both seem to die off a lot in the winter. Probably they like the warmer water.
You gotta take great care not to let these types of things escape into waterways as they are likely invasive. Don’t ever wash down the drain kind of thing.
Last edited by MadR1; 08-23-2020 at 02:52 AM..