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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 9:17 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

what ever you eventually use corrosion resistant and easy clean is good for insect cages .

as is construction that prevents skps ,i had many a happy time hunting stick insects, locusts, meal worm beetles ,blue bottles etc etc

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 16 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I must stop sorting them out on the dining table. I removed an escaped worm as we were having dinner with guests yesterday (it's their own fault, we never use the dining table ourselves, the breakfast bar being completely adequate. But FIL has principles about Sitting At The Table For Meals. I CBA finding the wretched table under the days accumuation of stuff (largely his), so it's his own lookout)

I have considered supporting mesh, but I can't think of a good way to secure it. I was using duct tape, but it kept failing and also the worms work their way under the tape, which can't be fun for them and they crunch when you accidentally squish them. Clearly I have a high threshold of icky, as I have worms in my dining room, but I don't like the way they crunch/squish. There's a reason I don't eat prawns.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 16 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet.

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 16 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:
Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet.

you could pm Gareth from on here, he doesn't come in much but he is certianly able to knock them up for you and he may well pick your brains on the keeping and breeding on them...

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 16 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As in Sally's Gareth?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 16 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh?

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
As in Sally's Gareth?

sorry no there is a member on here with the username Gareth, he doesn't come in often but he is around and an engineer with his own fabricating business.
He is also my sons godfather so I knkw he is an ok bloke lol.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh?


fruit flies are normally contained in a tube or bottle with a bit of cotton wool . super fine nylon tuille is often used for bigger cages to put the tubes in .

tim_and_nicky



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
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Location: Beautiful Galicia, NW Spain
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We bred fruit flies in plastic pint glasses with kitchen roll cover secured with an elastic band. It worked well and few escapes.

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