Your days of paying $8.99 for an old, nearly dead fly culture from PetSmart are over!
Making your own fly cultures with your own media is super easy and will save you loads of money over time.
What you will need:
32 oz deli cups
Fly culture lids
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 teaspoons methyl paraben
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups brewers yeast
12 cups potato flakes
Making your own fly culture media:
Combine all listed dry ingredients from above. Ensure that all ingredients are well mixed to prevent cultures from molding. That’s it! I found the potato flakes in the form of dry, unflavored mashed potatoes in a 28oz box. The 28oz ended up being exactly 12 cups!
Making your own cultures:
Step 1: Add ½ cup of fly culture media to 32oz deli cup
Step 2: Add 1 cup boiling water to media. Stir ensuring mixture is well incorporated
Step 3: Add handful of excelsior to culture
Step 4: Cover halfway with lid until cool (about 30 minutes). I cover half way to reduce moisture in the culture in hopes of reducing future mold.
Step 5: Once media is cool, add 50-75 flies.
In about 2 weeks, you will start to see larvae crawling in the media and up the sides of the deli cup. In about three weeks, you will start to see pupa cases form. In about 4 weeks, new flies will emerge.
In order to extend the life of your culture, dump out extra flies that your animals will not be consuming. All the extra flies will just eat up the media and cause your culture to die out faster.
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The time has come and love is in the air!
Its breeding season and we have numerous pairings planned this year. We have 3 short tail/blood pairings, 6 carpet python pairings, a cornsnake pairing in the spring, and are growing up our cave geckos for the upcoming season. This has been four years in the making as we have selected our core breeding stock through 2014-2015 and it seems the projects we have looked forward to are coming to life!
The Borneo Short Tails pictured above are Medusa our possible VPI stripe being bred by Sylvester who is from a TBC Blonde SS x WC Genetic Stripe pairing. We are super excited for some striped babies that have a nice, glowing orange heads. The contrast of the male is just unreal in person and so far they have successfully paired up twice. A few more "romantic" locks should do the trick! Both are being bred for the first time and Sylvester seems to be a rock star breeder. He wastes no time!
Pictured on the right is possibly our most anticipated pairing at DesignerExotics overall. The female is Charlotte, our very unique and light granite Irian Jaya carpet python. We found her at the Pomona Super Show in 2014 as a runt who had a slight green color to her that made her stand out. She wasn't eating super regularly so we ended up getting a great deal on her and we had no idea she would grow up to be THIS stunning. The male, Satsuma, is a poss het granite that was produced by Joe Bevington. He was the top pick of the clutch and is an absolute screamer. We are so nervous for the laying and the health of Charlotte (due to granite history) and so excited for the possible outcome of the babies.
We are super excited to be overwhelmed by babies in 2018!!
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