My recent mention of the “drip bottle contraption” I am using with my Worm Inn (see “Worm Inn Journal-11-08-10“) seems to have created quite the little hubbub. I can’t say I’m too surprised, since it is a pretty nifty little system.
As someone recently pointed out (on the original “Worm Bin IV” post), the actual name for this is the Medela SNS (“Super Ninja Slow-Drip”) System. Little known fact, though – the actual FULL name is the “Medela Super Ninja Slow-Drip Annelidic Hydration and Feeding System (or MSNSAHFS for short).
Ted’s recent suggestion re: using some sort of nutritious “juice” instead of water, reminded me that my original idea for using the MSNSAHFS had actually involved using baker’s yeast pellets mixed with water. What I discovered with this particular solution was that the little tubes ended up getting plugged up – so I gave up on the idea.
The most commonly recommended “food” for the MSNSAHFS is baby formula – makes sense when you think about it since it contains lots of protein and nutrients to help those worms grow (wink wink). I may see if I can rustle up an old can of powdered formula to test this out.
Something else actually occurred to me last night as I was staring into my daughter’s fish tank. Why not use THAT water as my drip liquid rather than plain ol’ aged tap water? The nitrogen (and other nutrients) in the solution would help bedding materials to break down more quickly, and would certainly help with microbial- and worm-growth – but unlike with some other “food” solutions, there would be little chance of clogging up the hoses. I think this could actually be a neat way to keep the fish tank cleaner as well, since I can simply replace any fish water removed with an equivalent amount of aged tap water.
I am also going to try letting some alpaca poop pellets soak in the fish water (once removed from the tank, of course! haha) before pouring it into the bottle. This should provide some additional nutrition and make the soaked bedding even MORE appealing to the worms!
Anyway – just wanted to provide this update to let everyone know where I am headed with all this! Stay tuned!