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my 8 grandkids (ages 1yr to 13yrs) will be here in a couple of weeks for their great grandmother's 100th birthday (ok so that has nothing to do with worms) i have been corresponding and conversing over the phone about my latest adventure with nature; the worms. almost every year since they have been in existence they have become accustomed to the strange grandfather's adventures and they smile or laugh or do their best to be polite. well, they are becoming concerned with me and the worms.

today, (i should have started this a month ago) i grabbed one of the 90 gal aquariums that was in my aquaponics system in the greenhouse and dragged in into the house and onto a dollie. dragged is the right word, those all glass aquariums are heavy.

following are some of the photos showing how it was set up. by the way it is full of matthew's 5lbs of EH's that i haven't had time to build a new bin for. i decided after chasing EH's in the rain for the last few days in my outside EH bin no more FT's for EH's. Worms etc's EH's never made it outside. they have been the inhouse wanderers i wrote of in another thread.

i hope in the next couple of weeks they will organize the bedding and food in the aquarium so that my grandkids can see how the EH's live and "play"

I will have to watch out for my 4yr old granddaughter that likes to eat worms!


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Comment by Rich Feiller on April 2, 2012 at 11:25pm

i installed a perforated 1/2" PVC assembly for adding air to the bottom of the bedding. i also added a 2-1/2" PVC pipe to facilitate wicking out any excessive moisture.

for some reason i can not post pictures at the moment so will try again later 

Comment by Rich Feiller on April 2, 2012 at 11:49pm

Comment by Rich Feiller on April 2, 2012 at 11:59pm

this is the pump that will supply the air for the air diffuser under the bedding. i do have to find a cooling system for the pump it heats the air. the pillow is to minamize the vibrations.

Comment by Rich Feiller on April 3, 2012 at 12:01am

this next picture shows the aquarium with the bedding, food, and worms in their new home. hopefully the EH's will rework and organize this mess to resemble how they live and work.

Comment by Rich Feiller on April 3, 2012 at 12:01am

the aquarium is wrapped in paper to block out the light.

Comment by Andrew from California on April 3, 2012 at 8:32am

Rich, that looks great! I did the same thing with ~30 gal. aquarium and can't imagine how heavy yours is. Keep us updated on how the aeration system works out.

I should warn you that EH can and will crawl up the glass sides to get out if you do not keep an overhead light on or install some type of shock fence.

Comment by Rich Feiller on April 3, 2012 at 10:24am
Thanks Andrew, yes those EH's are stinkers and they can really move when they want too!
Comment by Steve Lambert on April 3, 2012 at 10:26am

Nice job Rich!  You're planting seeds of concern for the environment with those grandkids.

I've got to try an aquarium with EF's!  How do you mix/create the salt gel?

Comment by Andrew from California on April 3, 2012 at 11:10am

Here ya go, Steve:

Grind 1/2 tsp of table salt into a very fine consistency, mix it in with 1 tbsp of petroleum jelly (unscented) and smear a thin layer on the top rim (and maybe down 1" on all sides) of your container. This has worked for me, but I would monitor the bin very closely the first night you try this. It helps if you have a red (night vision) LED lamp. You should see the worms touching the salt smear and pulling quickly back from it as if they'd received an electrical shock.

Comment by Sue on April 3, 2012 at 11:35am

Rich??? Are you Frank's twin?


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