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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:43 am 

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??... Once you've got eggs, you can incubate them anywhere you like.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:08 am 

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For interest, here are those 20 Watt CFL's in action :D

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:46 pm 

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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:21 am 

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I've also used a mixture Daylight (6500 °K) and Cool White (4000 °K)
I don't think it made much difference.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:31 am 

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The wild BSF you find in your back yard seem to be rather different to the ones you buy from you local pet shop.
Success is a relative term. A few egg clusters is only the beginning. One can only call it a success when those egg clusters all hatch!

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:15 am 

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Simple answer: use plenty of light!
I would suggest about six 20 Watt bulbs, and I prefer 'Daylight' lamps (6500 °K)
Also bear in mind that I'm talking about wild BSF in the back yard.

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: You Can Now Fatten Fido on Black Soldier Flies

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:21 pm 

Replies: 5
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Agropisa (João) showed us that 5 years ago :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR178FI ... r_embedded

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: No to little mating

 Post subject: Re: No to little mating
Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:02 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1055

You will need about eight 20 Watt lamps, giving a total of around 10,000 lumens.
Here's my posting from 2011. It's the 8th posting on page 2.
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=46&start=20

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Black Soldier Flies dying in less than 24 hours

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:22 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 2034

Hygrometer or not, just keep it humid. I used to hand-spray mine about 4-5 times a day.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Black Soldier Flies dying in less than 24 hours

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:18 pm 

Replies: 11
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Humidity is also important.
The humidity you see on weather reports is meaningless, so get a hygrometer (pet shop) and check the humidity inside your enclosure. You want to keep your RH around 60-80%

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Commercial BSF Farm around Community

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 1:38 pm 

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I would say that odor is the very least of your problems.
Generally speaking, they eat stuff before it starts to smell :D

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: BSF not mating?

 Post subject: Re: BSF not mating?
Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:19 am 

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Two clusters from 10 adults sounds pretty good to me :lol:
I think they also need a week or two to settle down.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Trying to breed indoors?

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:26 am 

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I have are a huge number of reasons of why it might not be working, but there are so many factors hard to control with artificial lights that it's hard to make a plan to filter the failure causes. I'm thinking it might be greenhouse design time for me. It gets even more complicated than that .........

 Forum: Knowledge base   Topic: An artificial light source influences mating and oviposition

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:37 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 5986

Conversion Factors: µmols to Lux
https://www.apogeeinstruments.co.uk/conversion-ppfd-to-lux/

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: White phase crawl out?

 Post subject: Re: White phase crawl out?
Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:22 am 

Replies: 4
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A white crawl-off usually means the bin is overcrowded, or that the substrate is too wet. Try setting up a new bin and transfer half your grubs into it; they will continue eating for another few days. The white crawl-off will shed their skins and turn brown after a week or so, but one wonders if the...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Rats eating grubs

 Post subject: Re: Rats eating grubs
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:31 pm 

Replies: 4
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...... but wonder if creating a gasket of sorts would help. and be a little easier to remove. No experience with the Biopod I'm afaid, and I agree, it does seem to have an overly large gap. As you say, maybe cut a gasket from styrofoam, or fill the gap with 2-part epoxy putty? link Jerry posted the...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Rats eating grubs

 Post subject: Re: Rats eating grubs
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:11 pm 

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It works for monkeys ...... :)

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: No crawl off

 Post subject: Re: No crawl off
Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 12:37 am 

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1. Pupae crawl around the periphery of the bin, looking for a way out.
Ramps like this are much more effective. In other words, don't leave a gap.

2. As a rough guess, how many grubs do you have in the bin?
If it's only a few hundred, they've got no incentive to crawl off.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using mostly UCG?

 Post subject: Re: Using mostly UCG?
Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:45 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 2571

From what I've seen, coffee grounds pass straight through a bin, and they don't get eaten.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: New Egg Clusters vs Hatched Clusters

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:22 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 5992

Sure, no problem.
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