Ok, so one in every 3 topics has something about worms in it... little white worms, little red worms, earthworms, little wormy things in the water, little worms hanging from the traps, anything you could think of! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
This is the topic to answer ALL your questions about stinkin' WORMS! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img] Keep checking this topic, as I will be adding on more stuff on more worms soon!
WIERD WORM IN SOIL #1:
About a cm long, whiteish, kinda obleque, with a black stripe running down the middle. These are FUNGUS NAT LARVAE, or pretty much TINY FLY MAGGOTS. Having these may mean you have too much fungus in your soil. Fungus Nat Larvae feed on fungus, usually on the sides of the pot. This is why I dont use ceramic pots. You are more likely to get fungus on the sides of ceramic pots, which will lead to a large population of Fungus Nat Larvae. WARNING!!! If/when, the Larvae run out of fungus, they will often start feasting on your plants! controlling these buggers is often VERY important.
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WIERD WORM IN SOIL #2:
Very small, looks like a worm at soil surface, looks like a transluscent bead in water. These are DAPHINA, also known as WATER FLEAS! These are not worms, but actually tiny crustacean. You are very lucky. These guys are GOOD "Worms", and don't do any damage at all. They make excellent food for Utricularia, and Frog tadpoles! No need to control then unless you're grossed out by them (In fact, many people are willing to trade cuttings for thriving cultures of these guys.)!
HOW DARE YOU LOOK DOWN HERE! THESE ARE GOOD "WORMS"! But here ya go: [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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WIERD WORM IN SOIL #3
about 1-3 mm. long, hops around 3-4 inches into the air when I water. These are SPRINGTAILS. These are benificial insects that feed on decaying plant material and fungus in the soil, and actually help slow down decaying of your soil. They make excellent food for Utricularia, and Froglets.
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WIERD WORM IN SOIL #4:
Found in bottom of potting soil when re-potting; stuck to water trays, rippling in the water. These are HYDRAS. No cause for concern. Often means you have springtails and Daphina. Related to the Anenome, in fact they are considered FRESHWATER ANENOMES, as they catch thier food in the same manner. Feed on very small tadpoles, springtails, daphina, anything small it can overpower. [b]THEY CONTROL OVERPOPULATIONS OF DAPHINA AND SPRINGTAILS![B] These are LIVING ANIMALS, NOT PLANTS OR FUNGUS! No harm to your CPs. They make great specimens in fish tanks, and many schools would love to have your tray of hydras.
Refer to *. If you are trying to get rid of daphina and/or springtails, DONT CONTROL THESE GUYS! They are a control for daphina and springtails! Also, many schools would love to have them!
Unless you're going to soak the water with it, dont bother with this if you can help it. I've had success with using Sevin-5 DUSTING POWDER, Mix with water into a paste, and water it into the soil.
Easyest way to do it, can be found at local hardware stores. add a pinch or two to each pot, and there should be enough to put in your whole collection. Don't put it in the Utricularia pots! Also, DON'T GET THE KIND USED FOR GRUB CONTROL!
Most logical way ( [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] ) of Worm control. Adding Utricularia to terrariums will help battle these buggers. Weedy Utricularia works well, too. Add Utricularia subulata seed to all your pots, and you'll be set! Clip the flowers if you have a collection of different Utricularia nearby.
****Living With Them:
Often there is no need to control worms. Many don't do much harm, and they also feed Utricularia!
Please pin, or add to the Article forum. If there are any other "Unidentified Worms", please give me the description, and I will add it on to there.
War. War never changes.
Oooh, Ahh! Thanks for the clarification, this aught to be pinned or put into the article section.