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Featured Customer Question: JD

Hi, I’m in Tempe, AZ and would like to set up a worm bin indoors – 70 – 80 degrees F.

I’d like to raise them mainly for bait, but with the tea, castings, and composting aspect as benefits!

How does the ENC and the ANC compare in length? girth? reproduction rates? and time to size maturity (use on a hook)?

Also if you can put these into perspective compared to a Canadian I’m used to seeing in the bait cups.

I also have collected nightcrawlers for fishing from my family’s yard in Flagstaff AZ (northern) and I am wondering what species that most likely was… thank you.

-JD

Looking forward to placing an order with you soon.

 
Hi JD,

 
You can raise any composting worm indoors in 70-80 degree temps.
 
Composting/Casting production:
Winner – African nightcrawler
 
Africans are extremely voracious.  The drawback is if temps drop to below 40 degrees or so for extended periods of time, the Africans start to die off.  Euros are decent composters, but not as voracious as Africans or Red Wigglers.
 
Size:
Africans will get much longer, Euros will get much thicker.  Overall, Africans will weigh more, but not by much.
Reproduction rates are similar for both worms.  Africans will reach bait size a little faster as they are more voracious.
 
Temps: 
Both worms will do fine over 60 degrees, with the Euros being able to handle temps to just above freezing.
 
The differences you’ve asked about between these worms aren’t significant enough to discount either worm. 
It really depends what YOU like better…composting or fishing. 
Want a great composting worm, get some Africans.
Want a great fishing worm, get some Euros.
 
You may want to try a pound of each and see for yourself which you like better given the information above.
 
Canadians are an entirely different animal.  Canadians are the slugs of the worm world.  Deep diggers, slow movers, non composters, Only good for bait.  Need very cool temps (Below 60) to survive long term.
 
The worms you’ve collected in the soil are just a common earthworm.  Closer related the Canadians, although not temp sensitive like Canadians.  They are non composters, and that is why they live in dirt, not compost.  Living in dirt makes them a stronger worm, with a thicker skin.
 


 

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