Drosophila Mix BULK, for use with both Drosophila hydei & melanogaster. An easy to use ‘just add water’ solution to your BULK fruit fly breeding.
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Our own special high yielding powdered formula which produces great cultures. Requires nothing more than adding cold water to get you culturing your own fruit flies. Works with both Drosophila hydei and melanogaster.
How many cultures can you make?
This 4kg bulk tub can produce 133 cuttures (37p/culture) based on 30g/culture.
The powder can be mixed easily using cold water from any source, however bottled or reverse osmosis (R.O.) water are the better options.
1 - Mix the powder and water (ratio 3:5); e.g. 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. For best results, leave the top wet.
2 - This stage is optional: For best results, add active baker’s yeast (not incl.) to the surface of the media. Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar in warm water (100ml), and then add half a tablespoon of active baker’s yeast. Leave this for a few moments and then add a tablespoon of the mixture to the top surface of your new culture, DO NOT mix in. This method provides the best mould inhibitor and food for the flies.
3 - To prevent wild flies and other insects taking a liking to the new culture. Ensure you have placed the lid on firmly.
4 - 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.
5 - Store cultures between 20 – 24 celsius for best results. Incubation period will vary depending upon fly species:D. hydei – 21* days, D. melanogaster – 14* days. * Approximately.
6 - Dispose of any cultures that show signs of mites. This will help prevent the mites from spreading between cultures.
Take a look at our Anti-Mite paper to help reduce the spread of mites that can sometime be associated with 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 of water or if it becomes too wet during the incubation period, adjust the water / media ratio for the next batch.
Potato granules, Whey Powder, Oats, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Flour, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Caseinate (E322), Pea Protein Concentrate, Sugars; Sucrose, Lactose, Glucose, Fructose, Maltose., Lecithin, Coco Oil, Buttermilk Powder, Inactive Yeast Extract.
Trace Elements: Copper (cupric sulphate) E4, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron sulphate E1, Selenium (selenite) E8, Manganese sulphate E5, Cobalt carbonate E3, Sodium / Choline, Potassium.
Vitamins: A (retinol E672), D3 (cholecalciferol E671), E (tocopherol E307), B1 (thiamine mononitrate), B2 (Riboflavin), B6, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Inositol, PABA, K3, C.
Amino Acids: Contains all biologically important amino acids. Antioxidants: BHT (E321).
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