Did you raise the silkies on chow or on leaves? Some of those problems could be due to chow if you are using it. If you are using leaves, then make sure they are always fresh etc. Also, get a good strain of silkworms. I don't remember any casualties from my cocoons and I hatched around 20(I did get a very tiny female who laid maybe 40 eggs total but that was probably due to feeding or odd genetics).
I know of some people who may have extra eggs. Specifically, look up the Catherders mailing list. I need to hatch mine after killing the early summer batch.
Also, in the future, any silkmoths that emerge without mates can be stuck in the refridgerator to prolong lifespan by slowing down metabolism.
They were fed on chow. I never expected to get silkworms in the first place, it was a gift. I had no desire to use leaves so I stuck to the chow. I know pretty well about raising caterpillars, raising saturniid moths is probably more of a hobby to me then caudates. So I might just stay away from silkworms. Thanks for the help though.
I currently have 14 large (5-6inch) caterpillars called Citheronia regalis so I've got my hands full for caterpillars at the moment.
Awesome on the regalis! I wish we had those over here in Cali. I've raised polyphemus myself..they refused to breed w eachother after the second generation and I was unable to call in any wild males despite them supposedly being common here. They are a LOT of work if you do not have the proper host tree in your yard...I got quite a few weird looks on the way home with a streamer of oak branches coming out of a short pocket.
Nice to hear there are more saturniid enthusiasts here. I've raised polys too, never to adulthood before. I find them to be picky eaters. Im feeding the devils hickory which is a lot of work to get but its worth it. Tell me about those weird looks, Its not everyday you have a neighbor come to your house asking to feed a bunch of BIG caterpillars the leaves in their yard.
Oh yeah, I now have 5 prepupal larvae and 9 others that are still feeding, no pupae yet though.
@DarthNyQuil, what's your ph? Ammonia is non-toxic at lower ph so might not need to panic, however if you have hard water (think calcium deposits in a tea kettle), you likely have a high pH and thus should be maintaining 0. Either way, use seachem prime to dechlorinate your water and get the added benefit of making ammonia and nitrite non-toxic for 24 hours, the peace of mind is worth it.
@DarthNyQuil, to cycle more quickly/safely, see if you have a friend or trusted LFS with some filter media you could add to your filter. It will cycle it almost instantly, far better than bottled stuff. Speaking of bottled insta-cycle, some people swear by tetra safe start, although I've never used it myself so can't vouch for it. And finally to make it more safe, feel free to do larger water changes to get that ammonia lower- 90% of the bacteria you're growing is in the filter, 9% on surfaces, and maybe 1%> in the water column. So even a
100% water change won't really effect the cycle process
hey thank you all so much for your help!! i shouldn't have been so careless, but I love my axie very much and her behaviour has improved as I have started a tank cycle and gotten some good food for her
My axolotls were doing fine until the cycle int heir tank crashed. I currently have them tubbed and they wont stop shedding their slime coat, and my golden albino looks a little red, and his gills dont look too good. Theyre both flaoting and im keeping the tub at 18 degrees celsius and doing 100% water changes everyday, any help on anythingelse? can anyone help?
@AkemiYousei thanks so much. Will do. I have also given them a tea bath before, seems to work their gills are looking so much healthier, my golden albino is swimming around frantically trying to jump out, should i be worried? my wild type is fine