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Before I get into my new cultures, I would like to talk about the cultures I thought had crashed. Of my old cultures, I made two D. Melanogaster and 4 D. Hydei. The D. Melanogaster flourished, are still producing and are what I used to start my two new ones. The D. Hydei to my eyes crashed and all the fruit flies died. When making new ones I decided to keep two of the old crashed ones so I could continue to watch. My biggest curiosity was to see if/when mites devolved. Today while checking my new cultures I give the old two a glance and to my surprise, they were both teaming with babies all adults are dead so I really didn't think I would see this. So I will see if we can get them producing. So more updates to come. On to the new cultures. After figuring out why my old cultures died out, I decided to start again with a new culture recipe. I took out a few of the things I used in my last cultures and added a few new things. I also used a blender this time and hot water. Another change was allowing the cultures to sit overnight before adding the fruit flies. After letting the cultures sit overnight, I noticed they were really runny so after posting and getting the all clear lol I added cornmeal as a thickener. So far the cultures look great and there has been no die off, but it's only been three days. If all goes well I will be doing an update in one week Granny ~
Well, I plunged into the deep end last week and went ahead and ordered some Lobster roaches (no idea of latin name) and plan to breed them so I'm not always buying flies. I'll update when they arrive. ...and it's Nov. 4 with no responses, no processing, and no roaches...*sigh* ...ordered it from the doubleeds website instead. Hopefully that will come through. ...and it did! Got my 200 roaches, am keeping them in a 20 gallon container (or something close to that) with and infrared light to keep em warm. Let the breeding BEGIN If I knew where my camera was I'd take pics...but apparently I don't. So maybe Christmas
Seeing as my mantids are all eating houseflies now, I looked around the forum for ideas on new ways to keep them. I bought these containers from mantisplace to help with escapees and convenience. I hatch the pupae in there and the flies start moving around in the bigger part of the container. I then put them in applesauce jars, or into a 2 liter soda bottle, with some apple in the bottom. When they've been fed for a couple days with apple, I move them into a milk jug, (completly and shamelessly stealing Darkspeed's design) with honey soaked cottonballs inside. When I'm about to feed them, I throw them in this bottle of yen's feeder dust. Then they go straight into the mantid's enclosure. It's pretty easy actually. I just freeze them before they go into the dump of pollen
My new cricket breeder containers, I do buy the crickets from pet co and am currently 'flushing' out their systems with some greens and *gasp* carrots. The bug boxes they come in actually are quite nice for the crickets. The cage is a 12 gallon container with holes cut in the side and covered with mesh. The bottom is covered with oatmeal, and there are 4 sponges inside for the crickets to drink out of. The plastic container is turned on its side and contains food for the crickets. There is no place to lay eggs as none are adults.