Raising African Nightcrawlers

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Eudrillus Eugeniae, more commonly known as the African nightcrawler, originated in tropical areas of West African and have flourished in additional humid areas all over the world. It is a respected composting worm for its worm castings also known as worm poop which is comparable in magnitude and form to mice dung. This vermicast not like others for the most part when using the right bedding material can in point of fact be used in a fertilizer or seed spreader to cast out onto ones yard.

The growth of plants and their roots has revealed some amazing results due to the biological structure and the amount of beneficial aerobic microbes using castings. Application of this product has in addition been shown to generate plants, whether flowers, vegetable, shrubs or trees, to be less receptacle to diseases. The precise basis for this is not so far known, however some theorize that it goes to survival of the strongest being vermicast usually speaking create much improved plants.

This specie is a warm temperate nightcrawler requiring a least possible temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit in order to survive. African earthworms are generally productive at composting and reproduction at a temperature hovering around 78 degrees Fahrenheit on the other hand room temperature of around 70 degrees is adequate for them. The African nightcrawler can live at temperatures of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade as long as there is moving air over the surface.

Distinct from other worms taking a month for the eggs, to emerge, the African nightcrawler egg capsules can emerge in twelve days under the proper environmental setting. The eggs are comparable in mass and structure of a tomato seed first as an olive shade when first laid, changing to a darker brown as they age preceding to hatching.

Under proficient circumstances, an indivdual can look forward to a median of three to four nightcrawlers to hatch for every egg whereas each adolecent nightcrawler laying somewhere from two cocoons a week to twelve each week depending on the environment in which they are raised.

Since this is a larger earthworm, it does take more time to arrive at adulthood, fundamentally 5 months. The African nightcrawler obtains a span of 6 to 8 inches in 8 months time with a number exceeding this size over an additional thirty to sixty days to to a size of up to ten inches.

African nightcrawlers have become a preference for anglers from spring through fall and particularly during the warmer months. Being this worm can't be refrigerated or it will die, it thrives well in balmy waters, outliving nearly all other worms. Another gain over most other worms bought at bait stores is the reality the others are refrigerated, hence sending the other earthworms into stress going from a chilled temperature to the warmer water.

Since the African nightcrawler will not stay alive in a refrigeration unit without deadly injury being done within a couple hours, live bait machines and most bait suppliers do not offer this earthworm. This leaves a large number of devoted fishermen at a shortfall as those that have tried using this worm find it a preferred friend.

Unlike some other composting worms, this species doesn't do as well in a worm farm with vegetable leftovers and cardboard. It does exceedingly well as a manure worm and will devour damp shredded newspapers. A different bedding substance utilized for this earthworm is Sphagnum peat moss which is usually available.

If you are raising African nightcrawlers for fishing, we have found the superlative way to plump them up is to employ Purina Worm Chow as either the major food source or a supplement. Our findings have also found that the application of this special worm food has benefitted our earthworm proliferation by increasing the cocoon laying ratio for each worm. Environmental settings also will play an vital role on the cocoon laying ratio.

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Author: Bruce Galle
Bruce Galle has been referred to as " Master Wormologist" by OutdoorLife Magazine." He offers valueable information on African Nightcrawlers from his Red Worms For Sale For Sale web site.

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