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i recently purchased some japanese rhino beetles after eyeing them for years. ive done lots of research and consider myself well equipped to care for them. however, i have lots of questions about making kinshi and substrate for rhino beetles. the species i have (well i dont have them yet, theyre still in shipping) are Trypoxylus dichotomus and i havent been able to find too much information on making kinshi/substrate for them. i saw a video about creating fermented substrate from activated yeast and traeger wood pellets but im not sure if that would work for rhino beetles. i have substrate prepared for them, but in the future, id like to make my own substrate to save money and cater specifically to their individual needs. if anyone has tips or links for reference, it would be greatly appreciated! thanks
hey so ive been making kinshi for a while and just wanted to show yall how i do it! so the things you'll need are... 1.hardwood shavings (oak, beach, and poplar) 2.32oz cup/container 3.mushroom spwan (oyster mushroom dowls) 4.water 5.flour so first you get some 32oz cups https://plus.google.com/u/0/100367869082919969499/posts/FTgRXRPV3sq?pid=6121107920832916082&oid=100367869082919969499 thoughs are both 32oz cups, next fill it up with wood shavings to the top or a little more since it compacts a little. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Vwur7-dQs9c/VPKLnWCbHfI/AAAAAAAAACk/gXY9wqfMnVE/w945-h709-no/DSCN0147.JPG once it looks like this wet it down with some water till its all moist. it might take some time for the water to spread to all the wood shavings https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vlgvrlGZwAU/VPKMJytXsBI/AAAAAAAAAC0/tNUgy1U6K3I/w945-h709-no/DSCN0149.JPG then you'll need some spawns! https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-xqEFckaV0nQ/VPKLsdd4rMI/AAAAAAAAACs/DTmKWlynMb8/w945-h709-no/DSCN0148.JPG on the left is some oyseter mushroom dowls and on the right is a random kinshi brick from tiawan, idk the type of mushroom though next you need to add the dowls to the shavinigs, just press them in like this! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aCjOcWhKcJI/VPKMR2XwimI/AAAAAAAAADE/VWPAee1IJLI/w945-h709-no/DSCN0151.JPG and for kinshi just smeer it all ontop of the shavings! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-A53S2_P_dZ0/VPKMNcR2N_I/AAAAAAAAAC8/KLdaHpcNdvM/w945-h709-no/DSCN0150.JPG next to help the fungi grow add a thin layer of yest or flour to the top of it! https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OjfAWj3UziM/VPKMZqykDvI/AAAAAAAAADM/vEjBKyeVqpk/w945-h709-no/DSCN0152.JPG then for the last part make sure to lable your containers and close it, try not to open it to much and leave it closed until it looks like all the shavigs have been infested! https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4EZpt711WQ4/VPKMlCRxu9I/AAAAAAAAADU/KepA0rV43SM/w945-h709-no/DSCN0153.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VZh7F-KNafQ/VPKMrzcJ8eI/AAAAAAAAADc/obQFTAU-u48/w945-h709-no/DSCN0154.JPG let me know how it works guys!