Help to ID European Night Crawlers
Sorry for the long story...
I have been keeping 2 simple rubbermaid bins for fishing worms, one with reds and one ENC. After 10 years, I can't tell the difference between these two worms. Honestly, my ENC never attained the size of some of the original batch. They have never looked as big as the smaller panfish worms sold in many bait stores. I suspect my batch was not pure ENC and due to my sometimes poor care, any original ENC died off and left me with reds in both bins.
I have been giving both bins VIP treatment since May. Temperature is up to 75. Feeding cornmeal, greens, coffee grinds, shredded newspaper. The largest worms in both bins are now 3.5" long by 3/16" wide. They are both dropping eggs. At this size, I cannot really be sure if they are nice size redworms or smallish ENC.
So after all this babble, the question is how easy is it to get ENC to grow larger than redworms? If mine were ENC, would they have easily grown larger than reds in a simple storage bin? Or is there some special care needed to get ENC to be any larger than redworms? I don't want to buy new ENC and then learn it was a problem with my care. Thank you for any help or additional tips to ID my worms.