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  1. That is indeed good advice PowerHobo. Also, I'm a bit confused at which color it is indicated to be in need of refermentation. My substrate is a bit dark brown when moist, but it is not nearly as dark as compost but is much darker than raw oak wood. However, it does look a bit tan when dry. Also, when the book "For the Love of ....." refers to foul odor, is it referring to the odor of just fermentation or general odor like from mold?
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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    Is there any hobbyist that is known, in the states, that is breeding beetles to record sizes? Like D. tityus, D. grantii, or L. elephas for example of upwards of 80cm? It seems like the dedication found in Asia is not very common here for beetles as they are very very niche.
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    Goliath beetle

    @Beetle-Experience sorry to butt in when you are in the middle of asking someone something, but I was wondering what the California regulation that states that Luncanidae can be imported into the state without a permit - how does that fit into all of this?
  4. I was constantly mixing it until it started to mold too quickly and made me nauseous and lightheaded from all the mold when I mixed... I eventually did mix it and most of the mold is now gone because I guess most of the nutrients and excess moisture has left. When do you know if the fermented wood is safe to give to your beetle grubs? I know there is some danger of heat from compost killing them and some other stuff, but I'm new to this. I know the video says its mostly the color, but are there other ways to tell to double check? Also if you were to use the fermented wood for dynastes tityus would it be okay to give them wood that isn't completely fermented and more in lines with what a stag would want?
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    Goliath beetle

    How does the PPQ 526 permits work in this situation when it says this " All pests kept under this permit shall be destroyed at the completion of the intended use, and not later than the expiration date, unless an extension is granted by this issuing office" Like what connotes, "completion of the intended use." In this case, and in the many case of people who apply for this permit to keep exotic stag/rhino beetles? It seems a bit vague and open ended.
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    Goliath beetle

    That's what I assumed, but surely not everyone who owns them right now imported them directly themselves right?
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    Goliath beetle

    Sorry if this is like a question that's not supposed to be asked... but where is everyone getting these Goliath beetles?
  8. The substrate stopped heating up for some reason -- also a lot of mold grew in some of my buckets. What should I be doing to fix this?
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    Limits of Temperature for D. tityus

    Does keeping larvae together like you said negatively effect growth rate?
  10. It's been heating up pretty well now - and I'll try to keep the room a bit warmer as you said. Theres been a lot of white mold growing on the side of some of my buckets. Should I break it up or leave it alone? I know it's said to mix compost up to promote aeration, but I'm not sure if this mold growth is beneficial or not. Should I promote its growth or??
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    Greetings from Long Island, New York!

    Any luck finding any interesting beetles in NY? I haven't had any so far lol
  12. It does seem to have an acidic smell at least though, but that might just be the tannin from the wood pellets?
  13. Perhaps so, it has been 48 hours already and it's not very warm at all -- I used a mixture of whole wheat flour and bran for the recipe. Perhaps the yeast I bought was bad? It may be my temperature though, since it has been low 60s outside, with my room being slightly warmer. I have a hard time telling if there is a "wine" or "rotten" smell as the oak smell is very overpowering for my nose.
  14. How long does it take to start heating up? I just started mine yesterday and its not very warm at all.
  15. I was wondering what the maximum temperature that D. tityus larvae can be raised in. I was also wondering do higher temperatures lead to shorter development time? I have read it causes the lifespan to shorten, but does it also make the larvae go to maturity quicker? Are there conditions that are known to speed up development time or to slow development time?