Canadian Nightcrawlers

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by slowjamcdub, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    Hey guys im going to start to raise Canadian Nightcrawlers i got a huge borrow of good soil and its good and cold outside! so i was wantin to know it you guys have any tips for me on Canadian Nightcrawlers any info will help!!!! thanks!:wink:
     
  2. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    i wish I could help you. I built this giant thing with soil. peet moss and all kinds of other crap and failed miserably. Theres a few web sites out there on how to raise them and they are very detailed. I hope you have better luck than me.

    Here I found this on a site:

    2x Large rubbermaid containers
    2x 50lbs bags of Michigan Sphagnum moss
    4x plain brown cardboard boxes
    1x 25 lbs of pelletized limestone
    4x tubs of canadian nightcrawlers from bait store
    500x european nightcrawlser from a worm breeder

    I poured in 2 inches of moss, then a layer of wet out cardboard cut into strips. I did 4 layers of moss and 3 layers of cardboard. This was 1 whole 50 lbs bag of moss per container. You should wet the soil to the point that when you grab a handful of it and squeeze, you will get a couple drops of water.

    I sealed the containers except for some small breather holes. The europeans are active and will try to escape. I lost about 100 worms before I taped the holes.

    I feed 1 cup of moist oatmeal, egglayer mash, or baby rice/oat cereal once a week. I take my hand and make a 3 inch wide channel about 2 inches deep. Then I pour the softened food into the channel. Right before feeding I turn up the whole bed to aerate the soil. You may need to adjust feeding the worms based on what will disappear after 2 days.

    I use the pelletized limestone to raise the PH. I use about 8.0. I pour a couple cups of pelletized lime stone in a cup and wet it out to break it apart. The larger pellets could cause the worms to suffer from alkaline burn which will cause them to slough off their skin and die.

    After about the first two weeks when I started turning the soil I found worm eggs, they look like BBs made out of amber. A couple weeks after that I started to find tons of little .25-.5 inch worms.

    Every six months, when you feed, only make a channel from the middle of the tub to the end. Then remove half of the dirt, and replace with new moss. Then you can use the dirt to raise some vegetables or something. I grow garlic with the dirt. I use the garlic with crushed baby vitamins (phosphate free) to pickle larger worms. This is power food for a predator fish. The fish go crazy over the garlic and it helps boost their immune systems. I also marinate jumbo shrimp in the same mixture.

    Way cheaper than the expensive store bought foods and twice the nutrition with no fillers. The stuff that these companies use for fillers is probably what I use to feed the worms.
     

  3. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    thanks bro! thats sounds like you did a good job!!!
     
  4. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    I dont know about mass amounts but I always used regular newpaper for them, that and lettuce (old). You put the newspaper on top of the dirt and they eat the paper do the same with the lettuce every once and awhile
     
  5. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Leftovers as long as its not a meat product newspapers coffie grounds leaves grassclippings make sure to clover it up with screen or something for them little rascals will craw out:smile2:
     
  6. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    thanks guys! im going to try the newpapers!! :big_smile:
     
  7. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    go buy you 20 boxes from the bait store and dump them in the bait box you made
     
  8. slowjamcdub

    slowjamcdub New Member

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    ok