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 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Maturing larvae soft body syndrome

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:51 pm 

Replies: 8
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I did try raising larvae with the dry method in a tray with drilled undersides, layered with wet cardboard. Interesting results tho, from the first instar, it was really plain smooth sailing, the colony were eating, very active with a consistent heat signature. Even for the first few days on the fif...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Rearing pupa to adult

 Post subject: Re: Rearing pupa to adult
Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:43 pm 

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patbugs wrote:
how much coir should I use? how deep the container/bowl do you think?

good news for now: 1 has hatched!
bad news: no one to mate with! haha

hopefully more will come soon



I use a wide bowl about the depth of 10-20cm ? fill it halfway with coconut coir and sprinkle the pupa into the dry bedding.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Rearing pupa to adult

 Post subject: Re: Rearing pupa to adult
Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:24 pm 

Replies: 9
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hi all, newbie here. I'm currently trying to grow BSF pupa to adult (the pupa were bought) and wondering if you can help. This will be my third attempt, so a bit of history Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is the can too shallow? I mix the soil with small pebbles and mulch to keep it loose and...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Maturing larvae soft body syndrome

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:50 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 6877

A few random thoughts: Anyways what you propose would be a worthwhile experiment. thanks for all the ideas bro, :D Chatted about this problem with my BSFL whatsapp community, and they reckoned it could be a drainage issue. Reading from your experience raising BSFL, you raise larvae using a flow-thr...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Maturing larvae soft body syndrome

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:39 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 6877

Dry it out! Coco coir does a treat. #drybins4life Cool, dry bedding~ Been there bro, dry bins certainly are the most productive. Unfortunately, most food waste are wet anyways, so its kinda complicated if I ought to go down this dry path when the plan's to capitalize on the 'waste to protein' direc...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Maturing larvae soft body syndrome

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:33 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 6877

Thank you very much, will do some reading on the links provided. Im wondering if there's any SOP about mitigating this problem, especially since this is becoming my number one hurdle in raising plague proportions of BSFL. I've been quite busy trying to get things to work especially now that i've con...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Maturing larvae soft body syndrome

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:55 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 6877

The title is just to catch some attention :lol: but that's what's it called. I'm wondering if anyone experienced any problems as BSFL larvae approach maturity with insides becoming soft, then gradually dying. I've been trying to raise BSFL for quite awhile now but experienced this problem quite rece...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: moist or dry condition for BSF ?

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:08 am 

Replies: 8
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just a small update i wished to share tho, ive managed to successfuly cultivate soldier flies from eggs to fingernail size maggots in a dry container filled with oat meal without problems or casualties. The oat meal soak up the excess moisture and excreta produced by the larvae, doesnt even smell ba...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: two days after pupation and a major breakthrough !

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:40 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 3524

Aussiemoo wrote:
Izhim what changed? What suddenly caused them to mate after long days of trying?

I changed the location and added some roofing to provide partial shade/sun.

Its pretty overcast and very humid at about 65-75pc

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: two days after pupation and a major breakthrough !

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:20 am 

Replies: 3
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ok, been having alot of mating currently but nothing yet in the egg traps. Just wondering though, how long would it take after mating before females begin laying eggs?

anyone encountered this before?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: two days after pupation and a major breakthrough !

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:09 am 

Replies: 3
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After spending months experimenting with BSF, invested in building different bins and even a dedicated indoor enclosure I wasn't exactly sure where this would all lead to but finally today, at exactly 1:30pm I stumbled upon the first mating pair inside the enclosure !! http://s9.postimg.org/wybxd3dp...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: fishing with BSF

 Post subject: fishing with BSF
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:59 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 5109

grabbed a few grubs and went down to the local lagoon today and guess what? bagged a good size nile tilapia ... you can feel bites almost immediately once the bait hits the water http://s24.postimg.org/7pebxtj11/11987133_10206575866248377_6954261569747470324_n.jpg knowing that BSF is wildly popular ...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: How many egg clusters did you get today?

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:33 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 11281

makeshift indoor setup: a big fat zero Wild eggs: plenty, its been 3 months since i started with the outdoor bins and there's more than ever. Seems soured corn works like a charm attracting large egg bearing females needed to start over with my makeshift indoor soldier fly setup,I'm pretty much done...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: BSF Processing cooked food

 Post subject: BSF Processing cooked food
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:18 pm 

Replies: 1
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Knowing the diverse array of human cuisine and delicacies, has anyone been feeding their BSF with cooked leftover food scraps apart from old bread? Try spaghettis, or leftover stews, cassaroles, beehoon, noodles and curries? I'm wondering if BSF would be able to process those since this is a wealth ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: moist or dry condition for BSF ?

Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:02 pm 

Replies: 8
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The larger operations like Enviroflight or Phoenix Worms are typically using spent grains from the brewing industry as a feedstock. An advantage of this is that you don't have to worry about drainage which can be a big problem (look at the homemade bins in our forums for examples). Interesting poin...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: moist or dry condition for BSF ?

Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:03 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 7700

cpol2d0c820 :mrgreen: While this is a great video about BSF but at the 4:49 mark onwards, you'll notice that the substrate appears to be rather dry which begets this question: " Are the ideal conditions for raising BSF supposed to be moist or dry ? It does seem that BSF are moving freely, swim...

 Forum: BSF Bio-Composter Support & Observations   Topic: Problems with pine bark

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:51 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 23173

Edit: As I've worked with corn cob as a bulking material I'm finding that it drains much slower than larger material like mulch and charcoal. I think that will make it less desirable than other materials. http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/forum/download/file.php?id=524 hello there bro Jerry, thanks fo...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: What creates the grubs to bloat up

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:01 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 13379

Sorry, Its just mangrove wood charcoal i got from the store. However, according to fellow forumners on the same issue, liming the substrate is recommended which seems to stop the problem but haven't tried this though.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: What creates the grubs to bloat up

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:26 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 13379

No they aren't pupating, it's something else. They are both light and dark in color. Here is an image. Thanks Greg Yeah, i'm now experiencing the same problems trying to setup my own starter colony and that's exactly how the dead looked like. My experience confirms the ongoing citizen science out t...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Does intense midday heat affect BSF larvae ?

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:25 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 2618

Hello again guys ~, its been quite awhile :mrgreen: and alas, I've recently experienced some major losses amid some successes which left me wondering if BSF larvae is vulnerable to intense heat? Actually, my bsf rearing activities hit a major speed bump ahead of local festive celebrations, however w...
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