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These kits comprise of the items seen in the main picture (except flies); containers, media and excelsior (wood wool) + instructions. With enough supplies to made 10 cultures.
The powder can be mixed easily using cold water from any source, however bottled or reverse osmosis (R.O.) water are the better options.
Mix the powder and water (ratio 3:5) in the containers provided; 30g of powder per 50ml of water. Let the new culture stand for a while so that the all the water is absorbed. You may end up with areas of dry powder, so you can either mix the media or leave it for the maggots to do so.
To prevent wild flies and other insects taking a liking to the new cultures media. Ensure you have placed the lid on and the small black foam filter into the hole in the lid (standard 500ml containers only).
This stage is optional: For best results, add active baker’s yeast (not included) to the surface of the media. A small pinch will surface.
Once the media has adsorbed the water, add a fist sized portion of excelsior (wood wool) to allow a greater surface area for the flies. Then add about 50 flies.
Store cultures between 20 – 24 ◦C for best results. Incubation period will vary depending upon fly species: D. hydei – 21* days, D. melanogaster – 14* days. * Approximately.
Dispose of any cultures that show signs of mites. This will help prevent the mites from spreading between cultures.
Media consistency may vary depending on ventilation and temperature throughout the incubation period. If the media starts to dry out (add a few drops via the unique sponge plug) or becomes too wet during the incubation period, adjust the water / media ratio for the next batch.
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