I have found some interesting information and a supplier who is based in Gin Gin, Queensland. I am not sure how his prices compare to others but he does have a variety of species in his mix.
Compost Worms and Farms
OUR COMPOST WORMS:: Kookaburra Worm Farms
Our Compost Worms consist of a mix of up to 5 species.
1. Tigers - Eisenia Fetida
2. Reds - Eisenia Andrei
3. Blues - Perionix Excavatus/Spenceralia
4. Gardeners Friend or Cod Worms - Amynthus Sp.
5. European Night Crawlers or Catchall Crawlers - Eisenia Hortensis or Dendrobaena Veneta
We are the only worm farm in Australia that includes Gardeners Friend Worms and European Night Crawlers in its compost worm mix.
The reason that we use up to 5 species of worms in our compost worms mix is because some species do better in warmer weather, whilst other species do best in colder weather. By combining all of these species your worm farm will work more consistently througout the different seasons of the year and be overall a more robust worm farm.
1. & 2. TIGERS AND REDS:
These 2 worm species are the most commonly used worms for composting in the world. They are generally good at all aspects of vermiculture. They breed quickly (1 worm will produce 9 worms per week under ideal conditions), they eat virtually all dead organic matter that they can fit in their mouths, they make reasonable fishing bait and they survive well under both hot and cold conditions, although the tigers and reds will slow their breeding in bedding temperatures over 25 degrees C.
These are the ideal allrounder worms. On the downside, they don't grow much over 50mm long.
3. INDIAN BLUES/BLUEYS:
Also known as Spenceralia, an Australian native, this worm species is the fastest breeding worm in general composting use (1 worm will produce 18 worms per week under ideal conditions). This worm also eats faster than any other worm we have come across. If you want to convert organic waste into worm compost in as short a time as possible, then you can't beat this worm. On the downside this worm prefers warmer climates and is likely to crawl from its bedding if conditions are not right for it. The Indians can grow up to 150mm long.
After talking to some fisho's we now understand that the Indians make quite good fishing bait, being very active on the hook and very attractive to native fish.
4. THE GARDENERS FRIEND OR COD WORM:
The Gardeners Friend or Cod worms are even larger than the Africans and are the best soil-structure builders. This worm is a true earthworm and we believe it to be an Australian native. It prefers to live in soil rather than compost. (Pictured on the right, a couple of Gardeners Friend or Cod worms)
We have been extremely impressed with the ability of this worm to build wonderful soil structure creating a truly aggregated soil. These worms appear to prefer to eat the worm cast produced by the compost worms. They then take this worm cast and deposit it along the tunnels that they make, deeper within the soil profile. The soil they build is like swiss cheese. Full of well defined tunnels zig-zagging underground, lined with nutrient rich worm cast. These tunnels are the ideal pathways for plant roots to follow as well as allowing water to percolate through, allowing for thorough wetting of the soil profile. The Gardeners Friend or Cod worms are probably also the best fishing worm in Australia being extremely lively and very tough on the hook. On the downside these worms are slow to multiply and are difficult to breed.
5. THE CATCHALL CRAWLER OR EUROPEAN NIGHTCRAWLER/DENDRO:
These worms are new to commercial production in Australia with Kookaburra Worm Farms being one of the first and certainly the largest producers. These worms have an enviable reputation throughout Europe and the America's as being one of the finest fishing bait worms available.
Don't be fooled by their medium size or their stripey red colouring. These are definetly not overgrown Tigers. They are scientifically called the Eisenia Hortensis or Dendrobaena Veneta worm. We have done extensive fishing trials with these worms and have consistently caught far greater numbers and varieties of fish. One controlled trial showed that African Night Crawlers caught 2 fish, Cod worms caught 6 fish and the Catchalls caught 36 fish, using 2 identically rigged rods, fished in the same spot over the same period of time.
They work equally well in saltwater and freshwater. Typical species caught with these worms include Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Estuary Cod, Javelin Fish, Trout, Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Australian Bass, Catfish, Carp etc.
STARTING UP A WORM FARM FOR RECYCLING ORGANIC WASTE:
For small scale domestic worm farms like the "Reln Worm Farm", "Can-O-Worms" or "Tumbleweed Worm Farm", we recommend initial stocking rates of 1000 worms per household member. So if you have 4 members in your household, your worm farm would work best with 4000 worms.
Stocking with smaller numbers of compost worms will still be ok, but it will take longer for your worm farm to start recycling your organic waste efficiently.
MIXED COMPOST WORMS - BAG O WORMS & COMPOST WORM BOMBS:
We breed and supply our compost worm products as a MIX of compost worms, containing up to 5 species of worm. This mix is naturally subject to some slight seasonal variation. Our compost worm products are suitable for a variety of applications, and are suitable for a variety of climates.
We have TWO types of packs for our compost worms:
1. The premium "Bag O Worms" which have mature, adult worms, and
2. The "Compost Worm Bombs" which are a budget pack containing worm eggs only.
We now sell our Bags of Worms (mature worms) in lots of 1000, 2000 and 4000 worms.
We also supply a "Helpful Hints for Keeping Compost Worms" information sheet with every order.
All of our worms are sustainably bred utilising waste product from the sugar industry as a food source. Our worms are bred in a climate controlled environment, enabling us to produce worms all year round.
Compost worms that are shipped in bulk quantities are packaged in woven bags with a special bedding material. The bags are then placed into cardboard boxes, sealed and sent via Australia Post regular mail. We can deliver to anywhere within Australia.
BAG O WORMS - Wholesale quantities of 5 bags:
Bag O Worms - frontThe Bag O Worms has been designed to complement the Can O Worms worm farms and all other worm farm brands. They contain 1000 of our best variety of compost worms.
This product consists of 5 woven poly bags with 1000 compost worms in each. The bags have attractive graphics, full printed instructions on the back and a shelf life of up to 6 weeks (longer with some simple
The Bag O Worms have been specifically designed for the retail shop. They look good, have a comparatively long shelf life and are very convenient for your customer.
Our research has shown that you can sell up to 5 times as many worm farms if you have the complete package of a worm farm PLUS the worms.
GARDEN WORM BOMB - GARDENERS FRIEND & INDIAN BLUE WORM EGG CAPSULES (an Australian Native Duo):
**PLEASE NOTE - THESE EGGS ARE ONLY FOR INNOCULATING GARDENS, ORCHARDS AND FARMS. THEY ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BREEDING IN SMALL WORM FARMS**
This is an exclusive product to Kookaburra Worm Farms as we know of no other worm farm in the world that has these egg capsules for sale.
The Gardeners Friend worms are the BEST worms for your garden, orchard or farm. They are true earthworms (as opposed to compost worms). They will acclimatise to almost any conditions.
These egg capsules are the perfect way to innoculate your garden, orchard or farm with these fantastic soil structure building worms. We have found that adding live worms to a different environment to which they are used to leads to very high mortality rates. We have overcome this problem by using worm egg capsules instead. When the worms hatch out of their egg capsules, they are immediately acclimatised to their new environment and we have been able to achieve very high survival success rates.
These egg capsules are surprisingly small for such a large worm (that is why we can't get a photo of them).
We mix these 2 species of Australian native worm eggs to achieve a synergistic effect in your garden soil. The Indian Blues eat and live in the surface layer mulch and quickly make great worm cast. The Gardeners Friends then eat the Indian Blue's worm cast and take it deep down into the soil profile to create highly structured fertile soil. These worms will also attract other native earthworms to your garden acting as a kind of earthworm magnet.
We collect these egg capsules fresh each week. They are mixed with course worm casts and have been counted prior to shipment.
We provide seeding/inoculation instructions.