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I went to Wal-Mart and a craft store and got blank stares when I asked for Excelsior. Then they would ask what is used for and I don't know. :oops:

So, what is it used for (other than FF) and which department carries it?

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cyberloach said:
i dont mean to sound like a nob but what is it and what do you use it for ff?
You're asking a noob if you sound like a noob? :D :D :D

Excelsior is used in fruit fly cultures to increase the surface area for breeding. This increases fly production.
 

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it is most likely in the "hobby" section. around sewing kits, etc.
 

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Wal-Mart, Target, et al... don't seem to carry excelsior. You will have to go to a dedicated crafts store, like Hobby Lobby or Ben Franklin.
 

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There are other alternatives to excelsior. I use cut up foam or paper plates, folded and stuck into the media. You can use other materials like coffee filters or paper towels, but these seem to get too damp to be very useful.
 
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At Hobby Lobby I asked them and they said they didn't carry it.After going thur all their isles I found it.The package said "Wonder Wood" on it.
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Most employees dont know the store carries it, let alone where it is, just walk around the store and look for it. At walmarts down here it is nere the dried flower arrangement stuff.
 

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I will note that I had to switch ti coffee filters due to having a bit of a hard time finding Excelsior. Both the local walmart, and local store I used to get it from have stopped carrying it. I need to check out a craft store, btu have not had time.
 
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One thing I did find was plastic sheets used for crochet. It's flexible plastic with lots of holes. This was a suggestion I read for the smaller flys.
 

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Personally, I don't like excelsior. It's messy when you make the cultures, and loose ends of it tend to fall out with the FFs. Then you have to pick it out, or else it gets stuck on the frogs' tongues. Plastic canvas is cheap, reusable, and doesn't make a mess. You can buy it at Michael's or other craft stores for around 3 for $1.00, less if you buy in bulk. It usually comes in sheets about 10" x 13" and can be washed and reused.

 

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I'm with you. I can't stand having to deal with all the loose ends that end up in my FF/vitamin mixing cup. It's a pain to try and remove and I hate the way it looks in a nicely scaped vivarium. I just switched to coffee filters and I like that much better, but I am going to try the plastic canvas as well.

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Personally, I don't like excelsior. It's messy when you make the cultures, and loose ends of it tend to fall out with the FFs. Then you have to pick it out, or else it gets stuck on the frogs' tongues. Plastic canvas is cheap, reusable, and doesn't make a mess. You can buy it at Michael's or other craft stores for around 3 for $1.00, less if you buy in bulk. It usually comes in sheets about 10" x 13" and can be washed and reused.
 
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