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My redworms are (almost) gone?
I’m hoping you can help. I bought a Can-O-Worms about a month ago. I started with about 1000 worms. The worms seemed pretty active a week or two later. But my worms seem to be gone now except for one or two in the drain water and one on the lid with the condensation. I’m not recognizing any bodies under the covering or at the top of the next level down. I’ve not dug for them. — I’m wondering what I did wrong. I have all sorts of ideas, but nothing definitive.
I’ve been feeding it compost since then. But I wonder if I’ve fed them too much. How do I know?
I’ve added water about three times. Really not much. Less than half a cup each time when I thought the newspaper and canvas covering was becoming a bit dry, or at least not as wet as originally.
I’ve drained water about four or five times. I wonder if I should do it more frequently because the water I removed yesterday smelled a bit like a junior high school pond water experiment.
I did add a level about a week ago and a few days later I did see a couple worms active in the new level. The food at the lower level below does seem to be in contact the new level. The room temp has varied from about 50F to about 75F.
There are some green white carpety millimeter nodules that might be fungus or mold in some parts. Mostly on apples. After I added a bit of water a lot of worms appeared in a pig pile in one spot at the top of the lower layer and nowhere else. That spot had none of those apple pieces with tiny nodules growing. (So yes, the worms are not totally gone, but they don’t seem to be spreading evenly at all or touching any new food recently.)
Is something wrong?
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