Red worms turn dead roots, detritus and bacterial slime back into nitrates while cleaning gravel beds too. They produce plant growth hormones, spread mycorhyzal fungi. With worms in the beds your water is a brew of aerated compost tea which we hear so often used as foliar nutrient and pest control.
I want to see if my beds will thrive on worm nitrate alone, obviating need for fish.
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