This is the third installment of the UWB follow along series that started April 29th, 2021. I missed taking photos from a feeding between this post and the last one. The system is still on a weekly feeding schedule and will remain unless some circumstance prevents that.
Since the last feeding on 5-12-21, I fed the system roughly 3 times. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of those feedings.
Just as in the previous installment, the top lid has a lot of moisture.
The system still has a good moisture level and is not overly wet. You can see that part of the last feeding included watermelon. Notice that on the sides there is quite a bit of vermicast. The worms do travel around in the system much more compared to the Worm Inn. This is due to the moisture retention capability of the UWB.
I didn’t weigh this feeding but it was most likely in the 2-3 pound range. As with most feedings, the scraps were frozen and chopped up. I also added some quarry dust and some vermicast to inoculate the scraps.
The scraps were spread out over half of the surface area. The UWB can be fed much more but I needed scraps for the other systems I run.
I forgot to take a picture right after adding the top layer of bedding. The above photo is a couple of days later. There are a ton of worms at the surface along with a bunch of isopods on the side.
The above photo shows some of the most common critters in a system. Isopods and mites. The mites look like small orange-ish dots. The mites tend to thrive in wetter conditions so this system is running a bit wet. However, this is pretty common a couple of days after a feeding. The mite population will decrease as the moisture level falls. The mites were concentrated only to this section so I’m not concerned. If they still persist in this quantity a week later, then I’ll add lots of dry cardboard bedding.