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Best Way To Mix Leaf Litter And Rotting Wood For Substrate?


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Hey, guys. Overly-cautious Hyperdistortia back at it again with the substrate questions.

Ok, so I know good A. dichotoma substrate needs to be mostly leaf litter and rotten oak or beech wood.

It also needs to be VERY fine as to allow the larvae to consume it faster so they can spend less time chewing and more time just growing (I think).

 

So, once I go Into The Woods and find some rotten or decaying pieces of oak and lots of dead leaves, how do I mix and grind them to a fine substrate?

Do you guys usually go to a sawmill place and ask to use their wood chippers or something?

 

Again, thanks for all the info, guys. I really want to make sure I can actually go through with raising larvae into imago and that I'm not inept, haha.

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Gotcha. I'm gonna be doing the wood/leaf collecting tomorrow.

The wood needs to be rotting and should come apart by hand pretty easily, right?

And the leaves have to be broad-leaf, but I'm not sure what color ones to get.

Are the freshly fallen orange ones ok, or do I need something that's been dead for a couple of months?

And what was that ratio again?

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Also, I have some Bob Red's Premium Soy Protein Powder.

I've heard mixing this in with the substrate is good for growing big beetles/major males (I'm not quite sure about this, though).

But that if you have too much in the substrate it will attract mites.

Should I even bother with the stuff? Will it yield good results?

 

https://imgur.com/a/rogeq

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