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  1. Hi All, Circle3 is still selling the Original BioPods in Australia (actually we now sell them worldwide). We have stuck with the original BioPod design as it does not have the design issues that Gary talks about above. On the www.circle3.com website homepage Dr. Oliver speaks to his design process on optimising the larvae production from the BioPods. On a development note Circle3 and Geraldton Tafe has a research project underway testing 16 commercial units for high production of fish feed using BSF. This has been 'noticed' by one of Australia's largest fish food producers. Watch this space for more news on that. As part of Gavin Smith's promotion the BioPod at The Sydney Royal Show (http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/sydney-royal-easter-show-grow-your-own-food/) we are promoting the residential BioPods for under A$250 delivered to your door when purchased for you and a few friends. See the www.circle3.com website for details.
  2. The cycle of BSF crawl off has a lot to do with the weather I think. I think is someone started charting the barometric pressure you would see a correlation. I notice that before a storm they seem to crawl off a day or earlier. Over last few days with Hamish threatening I had half a bucket crawl off while previous days would have had barely half a cup. Over all the weight of consumption equalises to give a ratio of crawl off to feed intake to the units. Isa anyone being scientific and weighing what goes in for 30 days versus what comes out?
  3. Fish are creature of habit. We had a commercial production site (Barramundi) that had an issue with the first few trials with BSF. The fish did not know what they were and let them drop to the floor. We needed to spend a couple of days adding the larvae in with the pelleted food that was being fed. After the 'training' the larvae were accepted by the fish. The larvae were provided as a supplement - not a replacement to the existing formulated food for the fish. BSF do not on their own provide a balanced food source for fish. If you should have fussy eaters you might look to a light chopping the larvae via a blender/food processor (do it when they are frozen). This will reduce them in size and allow the segments to be eaten by smaller fish.
  4. Ok this may be cheating..... Another way to start a unit is to get a good batch of BSF eggs to innoculate your unit with. Go look behind the Cole's or Woolie's for their wet waste garbage bins. Usually restaurants will use the council bins. Look under the lip and you will probably find BSF egg groups. If all else fails sit there for 30 minutes and watch to see where the females are dropping their eggs. Gently collect and transplant to your egg laying disk. N.B. Brisbane. Sorry does not take 6 months for BSF to mature in the winter in Brisbane. Still looking at 30 days =/- . The BSF generate their own heat so will happily mature if sheltered from extreme cold. We have a test unit in Nimbin and it was producing amazing amount of larvae right through the frosts last year. Australia is well suited to year round BSF production because of its temperate climate. Conditions apply....
  5. Hi Bunya boy, Sorry to be so long getting a reply back to you. On our website www.circle3.com there is a reference section with articles on BSF (Hermetia illucens) that speaks to setting up artificial environments for propagation of BSF. To clarify my earlier comments it would appear that ceiling height and the ability to mate in air is not as important as I first thought. There have been successful breeding in small cages. The key apparently is the spectrum of light reaching the flies. It is not enough for hours of light, the light has to be natural or supply natural light spectrum to the flies. This being said there are several groups around the world experimenting with hydroponic type bulbs to see if they can get BSF to reproduce successfully in a greenhouse or other closed environment. Perhaps if you had a bank of grow lights over your biopod or brood bed you would see fertile eggs. If any one has had success with artificial lighting and fertile Black Soldier Fly eggs I would love to hear from you.
  6. The range of BSF is very wide in Australia. We have shipped the BioPodas far south as Hobart, so I would think you should be right on the coast. There is an altitude limitation of about 8,000 feet, as the South American customers report that above that elevation they are not getting breeding units. At sea level you should not have any issues, provided you are not frozen over like the US is right now.
  7. In reading through the various comments on the blog I would suggest a couple of things: 1. If you feed the unit at night (the BSF are photo sensitive) you will find the 8 hour head start helps them get a good start on the protein you have added. 2. The BSF while eating protein thrive on organic matter in the form of non cellulose based vegetables. While they will eat through fresh horse manure, they actually do better on pig or human feces. We have people with composting toliets using BioPods to eat the waste 3. If a unit smells bad it may have gone anerobic. You can try topping it up for a few days with fresh veggies from green grocery rubbish bin. You should check the drain(s) are clear and open. Sometime the effluent bucket will not fill as there is a blockage above the drain. Watermelon rind is my favorite for blockage... 4. As the BSF are quite rich in protein and fat, you may find value out of blending frozen BSF into a meal that can be added to other feeds.
  8. Hi everyone. Just some comments on the BioPod development over the years. We started with metal and found the grubs could rust one out in just 2 months as the acid in the 'saliva' ate through the metal. As you experiement plan to loose about 50% of your harvest as they are escape artists. The plastic we use does not all allow them to burrow through it. They have a sharp probiscus. Keeping the Biopod in a green house will work if there is no insecticide used to kill pests and the ceiling height is correct. The BSF mates mid air so needs to fly. So you will need very high ceiling or leave doors/walls open to the outside. There is some work being done in Spain to create artificial environments for breeding the BSF inside a closed are like a green house. We have now found a more reasonable shipping company and get corporate rates for our BioPod purchasers. Call and ask for details. David @ Circle3 1300-76-77-78
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