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Re: NFC: raising crickets

Off topic slightly:

I need to acquire a large colony or culture of daphnia polex. Anyone with a
connection or any to spare please contact me at: gollum at abs_net

Thanks James
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua L Wiegert" <jlw at pi_dune.net>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2000 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: raising crickets

> Hey Chuck, I've commented as I quoted.   See below.
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> On Tue, 24 Oct 2000 IndyEsox at aol_com wrote:
> > Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 12:11:30 EDT
> > From: IndyEsox at aol_com
> > Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> > To: nfc at actwin_com
> > Subject: NFC: raising crickets
> >
> > I still have time to collect wild crickets and start a culture.  I've
heard a
> > few things, which I will relate.  Please correct or expand on items and
> > me any other tips you know.
> >
> > - Life span of crickets is about three weeks. In order to have an
> > culture, I need to breed them.  I read once you put shallow containers
> > sand for them to lay eggs in. Due adult crickets need to be removed to
> > another container once babies hatch?
> >
> Crickets are omnivores, and opportunistic predators.  They'll eat anything
> that can stuff into their mouth.  This includes babies, and each other.
> Canibalism is not uncommon.  Like feeder guppies, the best solution is to
> make sure there are lots of hiding spots.
> > - They need heat, particularly in a cold house during winter.  In the
> > shops, I typically see low wattage light bulbs left on 24/7.
> > Someone just gave me a large electric "hot rock" normally used for
> > and snakes.  Would this work instead of light bulb?
> >
> Hot rock is a bad idea.  Try a heating pad underneat the tank.   The hot
> rock will heat just one area, leaving cold and hot spots in the tank.
> > - Water:  I've heard that if you use open containers of water, they will
> > drown.  A sponge in water is what I typical see.
> >
> Crickets just ain't bright. :)  They will drown fairly easily.  You can
> overcome this by using very shallow dishes.  Unfortunately, these empty
> quickly.  There is a cricket drinker available, which is a big water
> bottle, inverted, into a small dish with a grate.  The water fills,
> leaving a small area for them to drink.
> > - Food:  I think the bait shops use commercial cricket food. In the
garden I
> > see them eating bread I throw out to the birds and sometimes tomatoes on
> > ground that have broken open.  I can't imagine white bread being very
> > nutritious.  Anyone have a good source of cricket food or other easily
> > obtainable stuff they will eat?
> >
> Potatoes.  Thats what we use in the store, assuming Jorge doesn't find
> it first, and what most people use.
> > - Containers:  I have some cracked aquariums with screen tops.  Planning
> > filling them with empty 12-pack egg containers. Any other suggestions?
> >
> Egg cartens are great, they have lots of hiding spots.  They also make it
> easy to collect them.
> > - Personally, I like to listen to crickets.  But the odor they generate
> > probably get them confined to the basement.  The other reason for
> > them is food for native fish.
> >
> That'll change -- you'll get sick and tired of hearing that endless
> chirping pretty darn quick, methinks. :)  The smell is not caused by the
> crickets, but by their food and feces.   You can overcome this by cleaning
> the bottom regularly.
> Personally, I wouldn't bother culturing crickets.  If you have a need for
> lots and lots of crickets, your LFS can probably work something out.  They
> order them regularly, and they get boxes of a thousand, sometimes boxes of
> only a few hundred.  If this isx the number you're going to be regularly
> needing, talk to the manager of your LFS, and see about purchasing the
> boxes from him, ahead of time.   You can keep them just as I've described.
> You'll have a ready supply, without trying to culture them.  It'll be
> cleaner, better smelling, and more productive, not to mention a whole lot
> easier. :)
> Good luck, Chuck.!
>  > All help appreciated.
> >
> > Chuck Church
> > Indianapolis, Indiana USA
> >