Keeping earthworms in a glass container?

by Stephan
(Cape Town and Radevormwald)

A simple bin for compost worms

A simple bin for compost worms

Hi.


I know worms need humidity to breath. Would it work to keep worms in a closed glass container in a dark room with red light if you ensure air flow in the container while keeping the air very humid?

For example with a humidifier or a construction to generate steam that travels to cool down before entering the container. I would love to be able to observe the worms while composting kitchen scraps. So basically they would sit in a glass container under red light, perhaps some big stones in the container in an environment with oxygen and humidity. Food scraps would be cut into small pieces before adding.


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Mar 16, 2018
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Re: Keeping worms in a glass container
by: Stephan

Hi Faithincoexistance,

as a matter of fact I answered this question quite a while ago but it got attached right below the original question. My answer can now be found in the comment section right below the question.

Kind regards

Stephan

Mar 16, 2018
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Re: Keeping worms in a glass container
by: Stephan

Hello,

worms can be kept nearly anywhere were their basic needs are met. A glass container should therefore work as well as a home for composting worms as long as you supply a good worm bedding like shredded cardboard, old newspaper, pH neutral compost or horse droppings, keep the environment of the worms moist at all times, make sure there is always air available to the worms and provide them with good worm food. You must ensure as well that the worms will never be exposed to extreme heat or cold.

I have never worked with worms under red light but wouldn't think of any reason why it should be harmful to the worms. It is always a good idea to run a small trial with just a few worms if one is not certain if a certain food, bedding or environment could be harmful to them. Once they survived a few days in a new environment all should be fine and you can add a lot more worms.

I would however stay away from stones in your glass container as they can damage both the container and endanger the worms if handled incorrectly.

So give it a try and if your Glass container worm bin is working well I would love to hear and see your feedback.

Kind regards


Stephan Kloppert

Author of : "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor of : www.worm-composting-help.com

Mar 14, 2018
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Has Stephan repiled with any feedback?
by: Faithincoexistence

I'm curious to learn whether Stephan has replied to you with any feedback regarding this interesting theoretical 'Earthworms thriving in glass jars' experiment.

One thing I'm concerned about is the fact that drainage is a considerable factor in this theory. Mainly because they produce worm juice as well as broken down organic material also. Hence the possibility of drowning or worst they all crawling out escaping the glass jar since the environment is non-favourable.

What are your views on this conundrum?

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