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Hello - I have started breeding crickets (acheta domestica) and trying to do it in a larger quantity but having some issues.
We keep them in larger totes (30 gallon) and we usually place 20,000 pinheads in each tote. We noticed that as they grew they were dying off so we reduce the number down to 5,000 per tote. Now that we have less in each tote we still don't see them growing much. They tend to get to their 4th instar and then they start dying off.
The are watered using a chick waterer and we use chick starter (ground up). Temps are at or near 27C.
We disinfect each tote after each use with bleach and water.
If anyone can help would greatly appreciate it.