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Feeder Culture Terminology - Starter / Booming
#1
A lot of people ask me what are the differences in feeder insect cultures.

Are not all "for sale cultures", the same ?

Nope.

There are two (02) main types of cultures:

1. Starter Culture: This is a newly made or "fresh" culture. It may contain a decent amount of insects but they are not yet, or fully, in the breeding, pupating stages of reproduction. In other words, you are going to have to wait a while until you get such production amounts of bugs, that you can "feed out". Most "other bugs" like springtails and Isopod take months before they mature as a culture. Most new people incorrectly believe that a starter culture and be "fed out" and dumped into the viv, just like fruit flies and this is incorrect. The phrase I like to use is "buy a culture, split a culture". Always have an extra "Starter culture" or two made from ever one that you buy. This is the easiest way to keep the production going.

2. "Booming" Culture: This is an insect culture that is older and is in full blown production mode. Lots of bugs right away for feeding. This type of culture, if it's fruit flies, is usually a little more "brown" or dirty looking, although certainly not a problem.The drawback to this type is that it may not have a lot of time of production left, or maybe it will. Hard to tell. Some really "Booming" cultures of Springtails and Isopods take 6 months to a year to achieve.

BOTH cultures are equally valuable and useful and it just depends on your preference, as to which you would want.
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Frog Day coming up and you are going to see the above ^ two differences. Be aware of them and your needs.
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There should not be a 'producing' culture term. Either it's freshly started or booming. I just don't see how there could be a middle category that we could effectively gauge.
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#4
Phil since we are speaking cultures. question regarding booming cultures of FF. Once i get a big boom in my cultures within a couple of days i start pouring tons of dead FF with live mixed in to my dusting container. What is the best way to catch this and not get this waste of FF cause this can drastically slow or even stop a culture all the live FF get buried under dead ones. What i have done when i noticed this was go outside and just tip the culture over in the yard. I would drop a ton of dead FF and maybe a tone of live.But most live FF hold on to the excelsior. The next couple of days i'd be back at day one again. This happens with my Hydei.
Surrie
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#5
What are you using for your media and temps, I have seen this with a large mite infestation along with an an overpopulation of ffy's not being fed out.
-Beth
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#6
Ne herp ff media... i havent seen any mites....
Surrie
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#7
Temps are 71-73 degrees house temperature
Surrie
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#8
Mites can be hard to see, I use mite paper sometimes when I do not change it on a regular basis see some die off also temps are low.
-Beth
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