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Old 09-27-2013, 09:31 PM
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Im considering trying out this product as a consistent source of feed for my isopod colonies. Its got a lot going for it, micronutrients, carotenoids, etc etc, and Id love to be beefing up the quality of my isopods

Has anyone attempted to feed this to isopods yet? I know a lot of the people who rear crickets/roaches love it. My only concern is that since I culture my isopods on an edible substrate (leaf litter/ bark) The feed response to it might not be all that great.



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awesome. Thank you . Ill be trying this out soon!



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Im considering trying out this product as a consistent source of feed for my isopod colonies. Its got a lot going for it, micronutrients, carotenoids, etc etc, and Id love to be beefing up the quality of my isopods

Has anyone attempted to feed this to isopods yet? I know a lot of the people who rear crickets/roaches love it. My only concern is that since I culture my isopods on an edible substrate (leaf litter/ bark) The feed response to it might not be all that great.
This is the only food I feed my isopods. I keep them like you do on ABG with leaf litter and I even have pieces of bark in my cultures. I put a little bit of Bug Burger underneath the bark and they go nuts! I've never seen isopods "swarm" to eat anything the way they do with Bug Burger. Once you try it you'll never feed them anything else again.
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My bugs love that stuff! Unfortunately, mites also seem to love it. So, keep that in mind.
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Between bug burger and cucumber peels my isos are exploding... Springs do seem to like the bug burger as well....
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I've also been using it in both iso and spring cultures with great success. Oh, and I've been using it instead of banana for feeding stations.
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I'll agree! Isopods definitely like Bug Burger, in my experience.
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Has any one tried feeding it dry straight out of the package? Seems that would solve the mite problem and increase shelf life in the enclosure.
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I feed it dry it absorbs enough moisture from the substrate itself and it gels up over a few hours
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I feed it dry as well. They gobble it up just the same.
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I feed it dry it absorbs enough moisture from the substrate itself and it gels up over a few hours
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I feed it dry as well. They gobble it up just the same.
I'll have to try it dry sometime soon. Thanks for the tip gentlemen.
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So far they seem to like it dry. Coated a leaf with it, good feed response



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Who ever invented that stuff is a genius. My spring tail cultures are booming. Great tip.


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Might try feeding it dry to my springs.

Iso's do seem to like it.

I make a bowl of it, flip it out onto some wax paper or something similar, and then take a small square piece of eggcrate and push it down over it.

This leaves me with perfectly sized small cubes. I freeze these spaced out for long term use.
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The orange Isopods seem to like it.
For me it's hard to judge, because they are on an edible substrate (leaf litter and bark) so the impetus to eat it isn't too strong



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I have started putting a small amount in the grow out tanks. The fruit flies love it and congregate on the bug burger making it easier for the froglets to feed. My springtails love it as well.
 
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I fed my springs bug burger for the first time. They are tearing it up! They go crazy over it. I'll definitely be sticking with this. Thanks for the tip.

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For what it's worth, all of my isopods really like Repashy bug burger. My dwarf white culture can consume an solid cubic inch of it in hours, and my dalmatians do the same.
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That would be Allen Repashy

My isos seem to eat it pretty well,but the dry thing is an interesting take that I'll try the at the next feeding.It would be easier which is just a bonus.
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I haven't tried dry, yet. But, I'm thinking that it goes farther when made into the burger. Right? Take 1/4 powder and add to 3/4 water and get one cup of burger. If you do the powder alone, you get only 1/4. I dunno. I'm going to try it.
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how does it compare to fish flakes?
 
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how does it compare to fish flakes?
I'm curious as well as I use omega one shrimp pellets and bananas. Might be making the switch to this stuff.
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I'm liking it A LOT



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I haven't tried dry, yet. But, I'm thinking that it goes farther when made into the burger. Right? Take 1/4 powder and add to 3/4 water and get one cup of burger. If you do the powder alone, you get only 1/4. I dunno. I'm going to try it.

I would think if the powder hydrates and gels from the moisture in the culture that it will still expand,so I would think it would end up being the same,but I won't know for sure until I try it this week.
 
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I'm curious as well as I use omega one shrimp pellets and bananas. Might be making the switch to this stuff.
I like it better,They really like the cubes,and I'm sure they'll eat it as a powder.
 
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I buy Repashy gecko feed, and have been very happy with it...and at this point I wouldn't recommend that anyone go back to an insect only diet-- but I'd love to hear some comparison experience for feeder insects. I have dwarf whites, purples, giant orange and yellow skirted. They all seem to produce extremely prolifically in my cultures with a few vegetable scraps and ample moisture.

Do the supplemental foods provide a noticeable difference?
 
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Well, I'll say this. The giant oranges and springtails REALLY seem to like this stuff and are booming on it
Purple and grey isos arent as smitten, but do eat it. Haven't noticed an increase in production



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Its really interesting to find that people are using my products outside even my broad scope of thought....

I didn't envision people using Bug Burger for Iso's and Springtails, but I got an even more interesting email a couple days ago from on of our best Brick And Mortar Stores to tell me that they were using my "Morning Wood" product for a use I never thought of either. "Morning Wood" is a gel fish food formula designed for wood rasping species and it contains actual wood cellulose as the primary ingredient.

Well this got James at Pet Paradise thinking about wood eating bugs, so he has been using it on Millipedes and Roach species that specialize in eating decomposed wood..... and he said it is working brilliantly and has dramatically increased the survival of his freshly acquired Millipedes......Lots of long term testing to do, but I think it's super cool to see people thinking outside the box like this.

What's next? culturing Termites for Dendro's using Morning Wood?... who knows!

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I think with termites having an actual colony that reproduces would require a queen and all that complicated stuff, but it might work well to keep collected ones alive until they are fed..... who knows! Anything is possible I would imagine.
 
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We use tons of bug burger. It's the only food we feed our isopods. We don't feed springtails with it.

We put a chunk in each tank each week. It feeds the micro fauna and makes feeding stations for the frogs as flies like the stuff as well.

IMO, it's a must for growing out pumilio. Springtails gut load on it, flies will breed on it and the larvae will then gut load too. Pumilio froglets eat up the springtails and larvae right off the bug burger. The froglets flourish!

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I put chunks in tanks as well!! I actually like that mites like it because it concentrates them and allows my thumbnails a concentrated source of tiny feeders.



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I was actually having problems early this year with our first season of breeding pumilio.. I lost our first two froglets pretty quickly, and assumed it was due to calcium.. and we just couldnt keep throwing enough springtails at the froglets. So I looked into bug burger.. after using that for bait stations.. we have not lost another froglet to date.. I use them in our grow outs and main vivs.. and I use it to feed my costa rican iso's and dwarf whites.. I rarely use it for the springs because it pulls mites so easily. but they all love it. I will not use anything else for bug feeding and gut loading anymore! amazing product
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Does anyone know I bug buger had a shelf life like there vitamins do? Wanted to order the larger 64 oz bag just don't want it it lose its effectiveness.

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I don't know guys, I'm still not convinced. This product seems a little iffy....
Haha just kidding. After almost 37 posts praising it you definitely can't go wrong. I just received mine yesterday to try out. Can't wait.
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I think with termites having an actual colony that reproduces would require a queen and all that complicated stuff, but it might work well to keep collected ones alive until they are fed..... who knows! Anything is possible I would imagine.
Subterranean termites don't need a queen!

I started with about 1k early this year. For awhile they did nothing but eat brown paper and form tunnels, but then secondary reproductive appeared, and now I have eggs and nymphs coming out of my ears. There's literally a 1"x1.5" area of NOTHING but eggs; at least a fourth of the population has turned reproductive.

Of course, I wish I had something to do with them, no frogs here yet!
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