Live Food & Care

CRICKETS

 

Crickets can be added to the diet of many animals to help provide the protein and roughage they would naturally acquire in the wild. Crickets are also lively game to bring out the natural hunting skills of captive animals.

 

How to Feed

Placing the container in a refrigerator five minutes before feeding will slow down cricket activity.

 

Feed only enough crickets that will be eaten immediately, as escaped crickets may establish themselves under feeding containers or in the soil around the roots of plants.

 

These crickets could damage lizard eggs or newly hatched birds during periods of darkness. Vitamin & mineral supplements (gut load) can be sprinkled onto the crickets prior to feeding. This is particularly valuable for recently relocated, stressed or injured animals.

 

Storage & Care

Place a fresh piece of carrot every day or two into the container and Pisces crickets can be stored for about one week.

 

Avoid overcrowding and ensure sufficient food and water to prevent cannibalisation. For longer storage, place the crickets into a deep sided plastic or glass container with a tight fitting ventilated lid. Provide hiding places and a saturated sponge for water.

 

The best storage temperature for crickets is between 18°C and 25°C. It is essential that they are not exposed to poisonous fumes including pest strips and cleaning supplies.

 

Sizes & Packaging

  • Baby crickets

  • Extra Small crickets

  • Small crickets

  • Medium crickets

  • Large crickets

Available packed in handy tubs and bulk quantities

MYSTERY SNAILS

 

Mystery Snails require water conditions similar to aquatic fish. In a ‘small tank’ they can be crowded more densely than fish as they have a small ‘snorkel’ which they use to take in air.

 

It is possible to stock 1-2 large, 5 medium or 20 small snails to the litre. This ratio should be reduced to at least half if they are kept with fish to ensure that everyone has sufficient oxygen.

 

Tetras and barbs make excellent companions for snails, but tanks should always contain sufficient plants, rocks and ornaments to allow the snails to hide if they are being bothered.

 

Mystery snails can be fed on regular fish foods, but also respond well to a little tomato or crushed or boiled lettuce.

 

They do not eat live plants, but will clean up dead leaves or excess fish food. They also eat soft algae, but not hard, stringy or blue-green algae.

 

Mystery snails serve an important role in recycling fish droppings and extracting undigested nutrients that would otherwise pollute the tank. Mystery snails are a good indicator of the health of an aquarium. In poor conditions they will retract into their shells a close the ‘door’ (operculum).

 

They are sensitive to copper and other metallic poisons and you should avoid the use of algaecides, salt and preventative medications.

 

Mystery snails are available in four sizes small, medium, large and jumbo

In this section you will find information regarding some of the live food we stock 

MEALWORMS

 

Mealworms are a clean and easily handled food for many pets, and adds variety to your animals diet. Mealworms are an ideal source of protein for seed-eating birds; especially important at breeding time. Eco-gardeners believe that feeding wild-birds in their yard naturally encourages insect foraging birds to keep the garden cleaner of pests”.

 

How to feed Feed mealworms straight from the container or transfer them to glass or crockery bowls with five centimetre sides slippery sides prevent their escape. The birds will quickly learn to sort out the mealworms from the bran, especially if you only put mealworms in the bowl for the first few times.

 

 

How to Feed

Feed once or twice a day - early in the morning and 1-2 hours before sunset. Small birds (eg: wrens and wagtails) up to 5 mealworms each meal. Medium sized birds (eg: butcherbirds and kingfishers) up to 10 per meal. Large birds (eg: magpies and kookaburras) 10-20 per meal. Avoid overfeeding. You should not make the birds dependent on you for a large part of their diet. It is unnatural and can disadvantage the birds.

Storage & Care

Pisces mealworms are packed with enough food to last them about one week at normal room temperature. They will live much longer if kept in the crisper area of the refrigerator as the cold temperature slows them down. To keep your mealworms for a longer period of time, every two weeks remove them from the refrigerator & allow them to warm up. Give them a small amount of apple or carrot & top up their unprocessed bran. After 24 hours remove the uneaten food and return them to the fridge for re-use.

Sizes & Packaging

Available in four sizes

  • Mini Mealworms: approx 1cm long available in approx 800 worm tubs

  • Small Regular: 1.5cm long and approximately 6000 worm bulk

  • Regular Mealworms: approx 2cm long available in 10g, 50g & 100g tubs & 1kg bulk.

  • Super Mealworms: approx 2.5cm long—available in 50g & 100g tubs & 1kg bulk.

Available packed in handy tubs and bulk quantities

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