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Good Morning All!

I am interested in starting to breed some wingless fruitflies and have a couple of questions if you can help me out here. What kind of set up would you recommend? Do you know or any step by step guides to set up a culture? Are the wingless flies from a local shop good enough to start with? Lastly, how quickly do they multiply? I appreciate all the support! Thank you!
 

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There are lots of recipes for fruit fly media online. I buy the prepared media from New England Herpetoculture.
There are two primary species of fruit flies available- you probably want the hydei, which is larger. I would but a starter culture from New England Herpetoculture, Reptile Deli, or one of the others. You will then be able to see how they are contained and set up.
Fruit flies multiply rapidly, and it is easy to set up new cultures. For me, the only difficult part has been keeping pest fruit flies from sneaking into my cultures and taking over.
 

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I've been culturing ffs for years and its fortunately extremely easy to do in tall (32 oz) deli containers. You can make your own media; however, rather than go through the trial and error of that, you might want to check out Josh's Frogs online - they are currently where I get my media and they also sell cultures of the popular ff species at competitive prices....
 
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    Hey guys, one of my axolotls has developed some fungus on one of her gills, I've started salt baths, but do salt baths need to be done in the fridge, some people said I should have her in the fridge permanently during the process, even when not in the salt bath, is this true? As some people said its unnecessary as long as the tank is below 20°c which it is. Also do I need to get them both out the tank and clean it out?
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    I believe the fridge gets to about 54°, so if you can replicate that in the tank, it might be okay. I personally would fridge just to make catching them easier, and if the infection is something in the water column at all, it will hopefully die out while they're AWOL (I'm thinking like ich for fish, not sure if axies have an equivalent)
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    Ok, thank you!
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    My three inch axolotl was having trouble pooping up to a few days ago. I wasn't feeding her as often because I was scared I would just add to her constipation. I fridged her until she pooped (twice), and then began to feed her around 6 bloodworms every other day. she's been pooping everyday now, but she's at that age where you can see through her stomach and I always see poop ready to come out but has not yet passed. I don't think she's constipated anymore, but I'm not sure and i don't want to over or underfeed her... any advice?
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    Feed it chopped worms chitoos, its big enough and bloodworm is nutritionaly deficient.
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    Freeze dried , live or frozen bloodworm.
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    Oh ok thanks! I thought she might be ready for something more. do you have any advice about the apparent poop problem?
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    @Lilith, fridging is not required for fungus treatment. Read my thread on treatment.
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    Feed it more, six bloodworm isnt much, dont use freeze dried foods
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    Feed daily , remove uneaten food
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    Its probably not pooping because its hardly beign fed, it pooped in the fridge because the lower temp caused it to purge itself. If it stays constipated you can pm me
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