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#1 Goldsystem

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:33 PM

I have 4 L1 d. tityus Larvae coming in the mail tomorrow and I just got a gallon of substrate today, I separated it out into four containers with small holes poked in the top (to hold in more moisture) here are pictures of the containers and substrate:
https://imgur.com/46Y8NlT.jpg
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https://imgur.com/h3nha4d.jpg
My questions are:
1 is that enough soil?
2 if it's not enough can I combine it and house more than one larvae together
And 3 how often do I need to change the soil? (the soil is flake soil from bugs in cyberspace)

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

I'm thinking that will last you about a month. Once they are L2 they definitely need a bigger sized enclosure. No, don't combine larvae. Change the soil once you notice a lot of frass. Don't switch out the entire substrate, mix some of the old in with the new. 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 05:43 PM

I'm thinking that will last you about a month. Once they are L2 they definitely need a bigger sized enclosure. No, don't combine larvae. Change the soil once you notice a lot of frass. Don't switch out the entire substrate, mix some of the old in with the new. 


Can I use organic potting soil aswell? If so is there a brand you recommend?

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

Yeah you can use it as a filler for L1s. I do that to conserve substrate. I use Miracle Gro organic potting soil with no perlite. It's the one in a green bag. The ingredients suck though, the one they made years before was really good. 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:10 PM

Can I use it with L2s and 3s?

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

A little bit. I think Peters substrate has everything you need to raise good sized adults. 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

A little bit. I think Peters substrate has everything you need to raise good sized adults. 

Ok thanks for the help!

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:40 PM

No problem. Just make sure substrate isn't soaked and you should be good!



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:31 PM

I found some soft rotting wood that I could easily break with my fingers, can I add this to the organic potting soil? Will it feed the larvae?
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(I boiled it already so it's sterilized)

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:33 AM

Looks like brown rot to me. Try and find one that is lighter in color. 



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:32 AM

Even if you find a nice piece you need to make sure the substrate is not too wet. Or else the added wood will get green mold.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

Ok thank you for letting me know!

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:07 PM

You can also ferment trager pellets to make beetle soil, there is some threads heat on the forums, they may be stickied if not they should be

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:46 AM

You can also ferment trager pellets to make beetle soil, there is some threads heat on the forums, they may be stickied if not they should be

Ya I took a peek at those, 6 months fermentation is a long time though. I'm actually thinking about buying a rotting log from you in 2 or 3 weeks, I can't find rotten wood here and you have a good deal so why not.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 11:48 AM

I dont have rotten logs for sale as of now, maybe your thinking of another member? I get my soil from BIC

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:55 PM

Oh sorry I meant the logs Ratmosphere is selling

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 08:22 AM

Those are breeding logs specific to stag beetle breeding. It does not come apart easy like other white rotting wood.






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