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Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Rodel Barellano - Saturday, 25 October 2008, 03:14 PM
 
Superworms (Zoophobas morio) and mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) are a great nutritional food source for birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.  Superworms have 58% protein content, also contains vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and other nutritional benefits. 

Its high protein content makes it the perfect raw material component that can be added into bread, pastry, instant noodles, and other foodstuffs.  It can be processed into health care products to help boost the immune system and animal feed ingredient for poultry, piggery, and livestock.  Today, superworms are mainly used as food for aquarium fishes such as arowanas and flowerhorns.  Also becoming a popular food for exotic pets such as reptiles, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, scorpions, etc.

Another important field where it can make a great impact is in the field of aquaculture.  It can be given live direct to any type of aquaculture fish be it freshwater or marine fish.  If processed it can be made into a feed ingredient for commercial fishfood.

The greatest thing about these worms is that they are easy to breed and it can be done on your own at a very minimal cost.  If fishfarmers could explore this avenue of fish food production and could produce enough for their own feed requirements, then production cost could be greatly reduced and profitability increased.

China has been the undisputed leader in global aquaculture production because they were able to utilize or manufacture aquatic feeds out of azula, water Hyacinth's, duckweed, silkworms, mealworms, superworms, snails, grains, bran, blood and bone meal etc.

Well, the Philippines is not far behind, we can still catch up if we want to.  The non-stop price increases in commercial feeds, in which we are very dependent, will eventually lead fishfarmers to look for other alternatives to lessen cost.  The same reason will also force feed manufacturers to look for cheaper ingredients to replace expensive traditional ones like fish meal, of course without compromising quality.  Well, let's just nature takes its course but remember that early birds catches worms..... the earlier we act the sooner we get results.

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Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Felipe Peralta - Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 06:02 PM
 
Wow! my friend this is interesting. I am into tilapia culture and cost of feeds is increasing and eating into my profit. Hope that this newly introduce discovery of yours will benefit us all.
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Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by jojo ocampo - Friday, 9 July 2010, 02:35 PM
 
Yeah. In the province worm is a food for not only the birds or any kind of animals but also to the people.. because worms are full of vitamins. In MAN V.S WILD show in National Geographic Channel, the Man who face all the challenges to forest, mountains or on the ice land. He always eat worms because worms gives him strength and also to feed his stomach..
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Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Raymundo Jacinto Basco - Sunday, 28 February 2010, 06:45 PM
 
This is very interesting. Vermiculture could subsist with aquaculture naturally with the farmer and fish raisers getting the most of it. Hopefully, additional researches could be implemented on the subject.
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Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Light Kagami - Monday, 17 May 2010, 06:10 PM
 
Hmmm thats nice...Ahmmmm so how can i culture that wonderworms?Can i ask what are the materials needed? Thanks...
Marj
Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Marjorie M. Arriola - Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 01:50 PM
 
Hi Light!

Thank you for sharing your thought here at the e-Learning Forum!

Wonder worms are worms that: feed on a wide variety of food wastes; rapidly multiplies; are large & extremely tough; can be produced indoors or outside, can withstand long periods without food, can thrive on all continents,are big eaters that can produce masses of valuable worm castings and are good for garden composting.

These wonder worms can be used for vermiculture which particularly means the artificial rearing or cultivation of worms (Earthworms-African Night Crawlers).These worms produce an excreta called vermicompost, that is rich in nutrients good for the soil and plant.These worms eat cow/farm manure along with other farm wastes and pass it through their body and in the process, convert it into vermicompost. Municipal wastes; non-toxic solid and liquid waste of the industries and household garbage’s can also be converted into vermicompost.Earthworms not only convert garbage into valuable compost, it also help keep the environment healthy. Vermiculture / Vermicomposting can be easily handled by the farmers.

Here are some references that can help you for your worm culture:

1.http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/h-164.pdf
2.http://agri.and.nic.in/vermi_culture.htm
3.http://www.ehow.com/how_4770146_raise-mealworms-superworms.html
4.http://www.bpi.da.gov.ph/Services/vv.htm


Thank you very much!
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Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by jet orbida - Saturday, 24 March 2012, 11:24 AM
 
miss marj, are these worms any different from the african night crawlers worm breed which is now popular here in negros occidental?
Marj
Re: Superworms: Promising to Aquaculture
by Marjorie M. Arriola - Monday, 26 March 2012, 08:15 AM
 
Jet,

AFN or African Night Crawler is also a wonder worm since it feeds on a wide variety of food wastes, it rapidly multiplies, larger than the ordinary earth worms & extremely tough, this can be produced indoors or outside (Vermiculture/Vermicompost) and can produce masses of valuable worm castings whish are good for garden composting.
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