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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: 100% coffee grounds as feed for bsfl??

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:36 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 5233

I had a bin that lived quite well on only grinds. I don't know what their nutrient profile was. They did seem to breed fine, but they would pupate in the substrate instead of crawling off. That was the only problem I ran into, no self harvest at all.

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

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:08 pm 

Replies: 16
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I was just fixing to post some observations I have been making on bloated grubs, but searched first and found this thread. During previous grows I have found some like this and thrown them out. This time I isolated and observed them. With a hand lens I can see a milky fluid with many bubbles inside ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Insect in my grub bin

 Post subject: Re: Insect in my grub bin
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:25 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 4483

I don't know how the grain mite compares to the brown or white mites that I commonly find in my worm bins, maggot tubs and all outdoor composting areas. I don know we routinely rinse them off from whatever they're eating and feed them to the baby tilapia. I've seen no problems with doing that and th...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Hoping to start adding some of my experiences

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:13 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 8770

I was just out looking through my outdoor bin which is mostly coffee with a few rotten duck egss and some rotten apricots. It has had several critters including what appear to be mealworms and carrion beetles among others. There is now a healthy population of soldiers started, actually some are near...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Attracting black soldier flies-the basics

Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:52 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 38845

They do love the coffee.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Low Tech in North Florida - yay Maggots!

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:47 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 4710

Females aren't interested in eating the paper but mine sure do lay eggs in it. Any kind of odor from the worm bin and I'd bet they'll be laying.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Lethal temperature for BSF larvae

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:27 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 6008

I really hadn't thought about the high temperatures much. I will have to check on that some more. I have read 148f in the bin where they were very actively feeding. On the other hand I did have a massive die off a couple summers ago in the greenhouse when the air temp reached 125f. It now has me won...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: I think my bin is too big...

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:14 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 4175

I've seen other maggots (house, bottle and fruit) climbing up dry plastic not only fully vertical, but actaully becoming upside down. The soldiers couldn't even begin to do that in the same containers. I don't hesitate to feed my wild caught bugs to my tilapia, but I don't know anything about reptil...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF eggs for new colony

 Post subject: Re: BSF eggs for new colony
Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:45 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 10534

Most of my leafies go to the tilapia or worms, but I have frozen some. Of course it comes out so mushy I honestly don't know if the bsfl are eating it or it's just rotting out really fast.

 Forum: Vermiculture   Topic: Sour Worm Bin Treatment?

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:42 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 5958

Your shredded paper is the best thing for taking the extra moisture out, so I think you're doing ok. I keep telling these folks!/groups/wormfarm/ to come on over here when they have bsfl issues so I would invite folks over there for worm issues. There's a few extremely kno...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Hoping to start adding some of my experiences

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:34 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 8770

Maybe I should take that down before they sue me for copyright.
I harvested a little cup full, like what is pictured above with the eggs and razorblade, and counted them to be 375 and the cup says it's 4 ounces.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Heat Emitted by BSFL

 Post subject: Re: Heat Emitted by BSFL
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:32 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 5259

I have had a theremometer in my bins reading 148F so they certainly can heat up. I have indeed thought of running pipes through a very large bin and circulate water from aquaponics system.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Fly don't mate

 Post subject: Re: Fly don't mate
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:28 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 6948

I find eggs have been laid in every tiny little crack that the females can fit their ovipositors in. They don't always lay where I want them to. I have decided to put my new tent up on the wall and a bin underneath it with funnelling plastic so that no matter where they lay inside, as they hatch and...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF egg traps made easy

 Post subject: Re: BSF egg traps made easy
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:19 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 20102

Brian, I hate to even mention here, as you have made a truly awesome egg trap. I have made one way too simply that has been quite effective for the laying of eggs, but not so much for harvesting them. I just made some cuts with a saw down the lenght of a fence board. sawed eggs.JPG I can see your tr...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF eggs for new colony

 Post subject: Re: BSF eggs for new colony
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:14 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 10534

A note on the high cellulose leafy greens. Mine will eat the hearts, stems and veins of the leaves, but then will leave the actual leaf. Have found that on cabbage, lettuce, broccolli, cauliflower, dandelion...

 Forum: BSF byproducts   Topic: Harvested BSFL life span

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:01 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 4439

Everything being sold as feeders are young grubs. All different sizes, but I never did see mature ones offered at any of the feeder sites. And they mostly suggest refridgeration too which will greatly increase the life span.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Hoping to start adding some of my experiences

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:56 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 8770

I sure wish I was more science inclined, I would count or weigh these things. Anyhow, this is what crawled off this week. I have one tub with a few white grubs leaving, and will add a goodly amount of coffee to it soon to find out if that has any effect. I also should probably change out the waste, ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Hoping to start adding some of my experiences

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:49 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 8770

Thanks Sara. I'm not good at storytelling so if there's something I miss or something else you want to know be sure to ask. I feel like a barbarian when I see how much effort some are putting into it and certainly don't want to offend anybody with my simple ways. I do not have any drainage, the only...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Co-op BSF Project

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:52 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 20118

Wow. I feel like such a rookie reading this thread. However, I seem to be having good success. I've not really got around to making the breeding enclosure I keep wanting to do, so they continue hatching in my grow room. It is a 10x12 foot bedroom in the house. It contains a few tilapia tanks, some p...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Hoping to start adding some of my experiences

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:26 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 8770

Some more photos, some better than others.
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