Last week a reader asked us where she can buy tubifex worms in Miami, Florida. About a year ago, we wrote an article addressing the same question from a reader in the United Kingdom. First things first, what are tubifex worms?
Tubifex worms (also called sewage worms or sludge worms) can be found in lakes and rivers on several continents across the globe. They live in the sediment that settles in these bodies of water. Tubifex worms ingest quantities of sediment and are then able to selectively digest bacteria and absorb molecules into their bodies. These worms can also survive in areas with little oxygen. They accomplish this by waving around their hemoglobin-rich tail ends, exploiting any available oxygen. Tubifex worms can also exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen through their thin skins, like a frog. Their specialized digestion system and their ability to exploit oxygen makes it possible for them to live in polluted waters. Tubifex worms can also survive through drought and food shortage, making them very resilient organisms. There are several species of tubifex worms but it can be very difficult to distinguish the species from one another. This is because their reproductive organs, which are used for species identification, are reabsorbed after mating.
We aren’t sure why our reader wants to buy tubifex worms. Some species of tubifex worms are raised commercially to be used as bait for fishing, so perhaps our reader fishes. Regardless, we don’t know any specific locations in Miami, Florida where you can purchase these worms. The only Florida-based provider of tubifex worms of which we are aware is:
Sachs Systems Aquaculture,
1185 Thompson Bailey Rd,
St. Ausutine, FL 32084
Our reader can also order tubifex worms online from the Worm Man here:
We’re not personally familiar with either of these businesses, so if our reader gets her worms from either of them we hope she will leave a comment letting us know how it went. If any of our other readers have experience purchasing tubifex worms, we invite them to share their knowledge on this post!
To wrap up, one of our readers wanted to know where to buy tubifex worms in Miami, Florida. We don’t know specific locations in Miami, Florida, but we did provide some information about tubifex worms!