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how many ff cultures should i get to feed say, 3 to 5 tricolours? i currently have 3 cultures and they produce about 2x as much as i feed to my young pacific tree frog(a little over 1/2", 3/4" at the biggest)
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To begin, always err on the side of having too many flies. I'd probably run 5-6 cultures, dividing them into two development groups (ie, starting 2 or three cultures weekly for melanogasters). THat way, culture crashes, mites, mold, fliers, etc. won't be a problem even if they occur.

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Like he said, it's dependant on how many different species you culture. say 3, you'll need to have around three (at least) of each, to sustain the genetics and keep the (future) population viable. When I first started, at one point I was up to around 14 cultures for just three frogs. But now I can keep the same amount of cultures going for probably 20 frogs.
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I usually go by the number of tanks as opposed to the number of frogs because I will completely empty a culture in full production into a tank when I feed if I have the flies available. For two tanks (one for the tree frogs, one for the tricolors) I'd go with 6 cultures and stager them in three stages with 2 cultures to a stage. Two that are brand new, two that are just getting ready to produce, and two that are dying. For hydie I'd add in another group of flies so that at groups of cultures was being made every week.



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I start new cultures every two weeks, and I keep 4 cultures going at a time for my frogs... so that's 12-16 going at any one time. I have 7 frogs... so that tells you how careful I am. and it always leaves room for more frogs.
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2 of my 3 cultures just had a big hatch, i have so many freakin flys i'm trying to find ways of getting rid of them :| . i've been taking the oldest culture and when all the flys have hatched i start feeding them all to my various pets(2 fish tanks, a jumping spider and my 1 tree frog) and then i clean out the culture and put in new media, by that time one of the cultures is usually already had a big hatch or is in the middle of so i will dump about 50 of the flys into the empty culture and feed out of the other 2.
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always have more then you need. trust me it's no fun to go searching for flies because cultures crash.

i'm always curious on how much those with a lot of frogs culture. unfortunately i have a staggering culture routine. i make 4 cultures daily and keep over 100 cultures at any given time. how about everyone else with large collections?
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At any given time I have roughly 300 cultures (three types of flies) going using a 6 week rotation scheme....2 weeks from innoculation to production and starting new cultures and 4 weeks of using those cultures for feeding.

As with Scott, I have a cycle where the oldest cultures are removed and the newer ones added to a rack that is isolated from my starter cultures.

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300! How many frogs/froglets do you have Bill?
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Oh my god you really don't want to know ops: My wife certainly doesn't ....substantially north of the number of FF cultures :shock:

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Wow! That is incredible. Many of us froggers play that funny little game with our significant others. Thankfully, I have tadpoles morphing out so I can low ball them number and hide the fact that I just got another frog!
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Keep in mind that cultures that have reached peak production will crash quickly if flies aren't constantly being removed. It's a good idea to have more than you need, but if you don't feed the excess to the toilet frog, or get rid of them some other way, you'll quickly have less than you need.

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