mold in my fruit fly cultures?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BocaJan, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. BocaJan

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    Anyone know why I am getting mold in my ff cultures? I have followed posted recipes but invariably after about a week I get mold and you don't gestate many fruit flies with moldy culture media.
     
  2. carol5208

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    hi, I dont know anything about the mold! But, i know you are in Florida and so am I. You gave me the vets number(thank you) Any idea where I can get some silk worms of horn worms. My cham is not wanting to eat crickets all the sudden and Alls I have are superworms. Thanks for your help!
     
  3. BocaJan

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    Only 2 places I know are Underground and Ben Siegals.
     
  4. carol5208

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    ok thanks!
     
  5. CleaTheChameleon

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    It may be to moist. That my only guess
     
  6. james L

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    FF's in S.FL are just a pain! It may just be a little to warm and humid. It happens to mine. If the flies are fine, I would say use them, but if it looks like the mold is doing any real damage, ditch em. Thats sort of my method. I also try and keep my cultures near a A/C vent, but be warned they do dry out if kept near one for to long.
     
  7. jannb

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    If it's black in the bottom don't use them. Lizbeth lost 2 clutchs of panther babies (over 60 babies) at the same time with fruit flies where the food/stuff in the bottom turned black.
     
  8. BocaJan

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    Does anyone have any tried and true culture recipes? mine is just baby oatmeal, banana, vinegar and a sprinkle of yeast.
     
  9. kearth

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    I got one that works great. I make about 20-25 cultures a week and 95% of them time I dont have a problem.

    I also sell it on my web site and have had no complaints.

    Shoot me a pm and I willsend you the recipe.
     
  10. FFSTRescue

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    The Fruit Fly Shop (www.buyfruitflies.com) sells a mold inhibitor (methyl paraben powder) that works really well to prevent mold. I buy their FF food which has the mold inhibitor in it and I never have mold problems
     
  11. Warrix642

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    My room is very hot and humid but Snail-Tail-Flies cultures worked for over a month! I would get some from him or buy his mix. He claims he can get your FF cultures going cheaper than anyone in the US because he buys in bulk. I am about to get some more from him!

    Dustin
     

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