Fruit Fly Issues?

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by CJ's Exotics, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    Hello! I have a question, with some of my hydei cultures, there is this weird thing that happens occasionally, where there is a ton of maggots and some pupae, but then, overnight, they are start grouping together, and die. It is so weird, it is not like they ran out of food. Any ideas? Thank you!
     
  2. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

  3. Fiona's Mom

    Fiona's Mom Chameleon Enthusiast

    Is there excelsior in your cups...I can't tell by pictures?
     
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  4. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    There is, but it almost pushed down sort of, it was weird.
     
  5. Fiona's Mom

    Fiona's Mom Chameleon Enthusiast

    I would put more in...the fruit fly need something to climb on to keep from getting stuck in the food.
     
  6. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    I don't use excelsior, it's pricey, just get some spaghnum moss ^^
     
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  7. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    There was plenty in there, like I said, it was almost "pushed" down. I had a more recent one in there that still had the excelsior not pushed down yet.
     
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  8. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    How much of a food source you have?
     
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  9. CJ's Exotics

    CJ's Exotics Chameleon Enthusiast

    For that culture, I believe it was 1/3 cup media. I have more recent photos of other "weird" cultures if you would like (where I changed it up).
     
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  10. Fireborn

    Fireborn Avid Member

    By golly I have never seen that many worms on the sides. I know some people use coffee filters instead of the other stuff.
     
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  11. Matt Vanilla Gorilla

    Matt Vanilla Gorilla Chameleon Enthusiast

    Your medium might be too wet. As they crawl all over the lid they might leave medium deposits over the breathin holes thus cutting off their own air supply! If the medium was dryer they would not explore that far away from the medeum.
     
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