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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2003 05:59


UGH! I have just thoroughly looked at all of my 6 vivs, and every single one of them has been taken over by baby crickets. Adults must've laid eggs. UGH! how am i going to replace all that dirt?Especially my scorpions who require 5 inches of dirt!!! I actually wouldnt mind keeping the babies and raising them up to be bigger, but how would i get them all out? Oh this is such a pain in my butt...


-Sheryl
Velociraptor
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2003 06:23


i made some sort of vaccum to catch the pinheads with a air tube and a little cup. I'll take pictures of it tomorrow and post it here. You really don't need to change all the substrate, you can even catch the crickets and raise them, just like you said.

Gimme a day to take a picture at the store.




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TriFrog77
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2003 13:27


Ah, I hate it when that happens!

spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2003 14:12


I was thinking of just putting in a piece of fruit,hoping they flock to it, and then snatching them up all at once, of course this'll need to happen about 5 times for each cage. I would like to keep the crickets, I have some baby Hypos coming in the next week or two, who I'm sure will appreciate some 2 week old crix.Show me your vacuuma bobber. Doesnt it kill them though?


-Sheryl
Derek Benson
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# Posted: 20 Sep 2003 16:57


Some people don't appreciate gifts.... I've never had that happen. My frogs always eat the crickets in a matter of 20 minutes. Just place a cup of carrots,lettuce, fishfood, etc. in there and get as many as possible at one time. Keep repeating.


Derek Benson - Phyllomedusa/Hyperolius Enthusiast
ginevive
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# Posted: 21 Sep 2003 14:22


Wow, you're lucky! My present batch of crickets are not breeding, and I wish they would!


-JEN- :)
Velociraptor
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# Posted: 21 Sep 2003 16:08


That is how our breeding goes :

A 20 gallon tank with hides, food and cocofiber filled dishes. They like to lay in there very much. We spray the cocofiber dishes twice a day to keep it moist.



Then, we take the dishes out every week and put them in large clear buckets (to distinguish the crickets from the bucket) with heat pads under. They will hatch in about 2 weeks if kept around 25-27 C.

That's so easy, we really don't need to do anything but feeding the adults, feeding the youngs with fish food, and buying some adults once in a while. What we do, is to buy the ones for our other critters, but use them for two things... food and laying.

Here's a pic of the little vaccum we made to catch the pinheads... it's a little plastic container with the lid, we made a hole to fit a air tube on the lid, and we put fish net on the intake so you won't get any crickets in your mouth. There's also another hole for the air tube that will be used to get the pinheads in the bucket. You can make it as long as you want for more accessibility.



Hope the helps,



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JDc
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123 posts

# Posted: 21 Sep 2003 22:19


Use a pooter (or however you spell it) to suck them up.

cheshireycat
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# Posted: 22 Sep 2003 15:07


See, now that cardboard stuff in Oli's pic is what I call eggcrate. Which makes perfect sense since they use it to hold eggs

Oli, I started feeding red and yellow bell peppers to my crickets so that they hopefully pass on some color to some of my frogs... have you had any problems with it? I figured it's safe but I had the doubt that maybe it's too harsh? If it were, though, why wouldn't paprika still be harsh, you know? Anyway, just let me know if you've had any problems with it


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bgkast
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2003 09:51


How do you deal with the dead crickets in your cricket tank? Does the tank smell? What maintenance is required? I would like to start raising crickets. Buying them by the dozen is getting expensive.


-Bryan
spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2003 13:46


yeh they smell. anyone have a solution for that? I keep mine in a rubbermaid container(40 gallon one i suppose) with a mesh lid,and theyre getting pretty rancid. i suppose the food we throw in doesnt help much either(live fruits and beggies)


-Sheryl
DeFrEaTs
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2003 18:11


Crickets dont really smell. IF you are using that cricket gutloads stuff tht looks like bran, make sure to change it every few days, it moudls really quickly! Also, take out any fruit / veg after a couple of days and replace. I find paper towels is the best substrate. Wash the containter thoroughly after they all die and before introducing the new lot HOpe this helps!


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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2003 20:05


oh of course. i alreayd do all that though,and there are hardly and dead in there, but still the smell isnt nice. its not completely awful,you cant smell it unless your actually getting crickets.


-Sheryl
DeFrEaTs
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2003 20:09


Oh, I see what you mean! I can smell tem faintly when getting them out, the smell gets wprse over the period of keeping them, but as soon as i get a new batch its pretty fresh hehe!

As long as you keep it clean you shouldnt have any bad smell problems apart from when you got your arms and legs in there getting em out hehe


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cheshireycat
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# Posted: 26 Sep 2003 01:16


Yeah, maybe it's my humidity or something but my crickets STINK! Even when they're in the bags from the store they smell... you don't smell it unless you get close or anything, but crix are the only bugs I've had problems with


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