My Flow Through Bins - Population
I started a new thread on this subject hoping to generate more activity.
I'm a week and a half into my new 55 gallon "flow through" system with splitsec's design. I had 2 plastic totes full of worms and finished compost which I layered in the barrel with bedding and food scraps with a little dirt in it. Topped with a couple of flat beers found in the corner of the garage. After the heat scare last week, things have cooled down for the most part and the worms are starting to move around and trying to catch up with the system. For now I am storing scraps in the freezer. I estimate 7 to 8# of worms in there initially.
My question is this: Does anyone have any idea what the red wiggler population will max out at under idea conditions? I know the conditions will probably change over time with the accumulation of finished compost against the bottom grate before the 1st harvesting. I first thought that they populated to surface area and now learn that they will travel anywhere to food sources as long as the bedding is loose enough and there is oxygen. I agree the flow through has excellent ventilation. I realized this when it heated up soon after adding the initial material, I never got this with the closed plastic totes.
Anyway, for some reason I want to say 20 pounds. The operating area is about 24" diameter and 28" height or about 7 1/3 cubic feet.
I was excited to hear that someone else has a flow though barrel is so active that it is hard to keep up with the feeding. My plastic totes used to take 3 months to break down and didn't amount to much; too slow!