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1  Dermestids / Observations / Huddling! on: May 09, 2010, 10:39:41 am
I've noticed in my colony huddiling!This means mating season.
2  Dermestids / General / How to keep dermestids for cleaning skulls[tutorial #6] on: May 09, 2010, 10:26:10 am
I'm no expert at this but since most people use their beetles to clean skulls i thought i'd deticate a thread about keeping them just to this!

Enclosure:
Okay so there is no way in the world a skull is gonna fit into a kritter keeper so those are out of the question.Tanks are your best bet.If you need to do a ton of skulls though a freezer setup is the way to go.I have no real clue on how to make those though.Lets say you went with a tank for the saik of the tutorial.
Substrate/bedding:
I know i said i don't use bedding but if your gonna do skulls you need bedding.I have heard that these are the best to use:
1-Shredded newsprint
2-Something called critter care
3-Cotton bathing
4-Paper towels
You need bedding for them to hide from the elements since most people don't keep them in their house.They also seem to pupate and lay eggs in their substrate.
Food inbetween skulls:
So its not skull season eh?What in the world should i feed my hungry workers?I'd say skip dog food.Too risky for skull cleaners.Go with meat.Lunch meat,leftovers from cutting off the exsessive meat.The best is to get squirels and gut them and skin them.
Hopefully this helps if you need anything else ask on the forum Wink
3  Dermestids / General / Re: Hides For Dermestids? on: May 09, 2010, 10:19:51 am
Ha ha ha yeah that is true  Roll Eyes
4  Dermestids / General / Re: Substrate VS No Substrate on: May 09, 2010, 10:19:30 am
Nice.I dislike it because they make a mess of it anyway.Of course they do make there own in the form of frass and stuff.
5  Dermestids / General / Re: What do you use as a enclosure? on: May 09, 2010, 10:18:46 am
Ah so do most people i chose not to because of these three facters:
1-Don't have one
2-My colony is small
3-Don't wanna get one!
6  General Category / Dermestid Farm / Re: Member Introductions on: May 09, 2010, 10:16:07 am
No proplem dermestid1993
7  Dermestids / General / Re: Hides For Dermestids? on: May 09, 2010, 10:09:53 am
I use cardboard egg flats and they work well.
8  Dermestids / General / Hides For Dermestids? on: May 09, 2010, 10:09:28 am
Do you use any hides for your beetles?
9  Dermestids / General / Re: Substrate VS No Substrate on: May 09, 2010, 10:09:05 am
I perfer no substrate as then the beetles can't hide away too badly.They still have their egg flats.
10  Dermestids / General / Substrate VS No Substrate on: May 09, 2010, 10:08:33 am
Which do you think is better no substrate or substrate?
11  Dermestids / General / Re: What do you use as a enclosure? on: May 09, 2010, 10:07:56 am
I use something called a kritter keeper.I think as my colony grows i'll melt a small hole in the plastic and add a tube into another kritter keeper.
12  Dermestids / General / What do you use as a enclosure? on: May 09, 2010, 10:07:09 am
What do you guys use as enclosures for the beetles?
13  Dermestids / General / Re: Dermestids? on: May 09, 2010, 09:58:49 am
Okay i have a few questions on dermestid beetles:
1-Can they climb glass/hard plastic?
2-How often should you feed them?
3-What can i feed them besides meat?
4-How many beetles are considered a starter colony?[Is there even such thing as a starter colony?]
Thanks in advance.
1-No but in a glass aqurium make sure the silicone around the edges are gone.
2-3-5 times a week and ajust as colony grows
3-Dog/cat food.
4-There is no such thing its just how much you start with your suggestion of 10-20 is a great starter.
Hope this helps.
14  Dermestids / General / Re: How many did you start with? on: May 09, 2010, 09:57:07 am
Thats a good start.I always like to start small and work my way up.
15  General Category / Dermestid Farm / Re: Member Introductions on: May 09, 2010, 09:56:25 am
No proplem.
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