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Now Lipsy laid eggs..

Post by Marnie on Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:22 am

Lipwy laid eggs today while I was at work, they are white and solid this is good right? They are currently in a food container on wet spaghbum moss the right way up on a large heat mat and under a light at temperature between 30-35 degrees C. Is this okay?

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Re: Now Lipsy laid eggs..

Post by Smiley on Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:35 pm

Temperature has a direct effect on the your chances of male to female ratio (colder temps=more females; warmer=more males). You want to keep them at 31.6 degrees C at the very hottest, any hotter and you could produce "hot" females. Which are aggressive and most of the time sterile. I think i remember reading about "cold males" too so id stay within 26.6C - 31.1C to be safe. Also, you don't want the incubating material sopping wet, just damp so the eggs don't dry up. Hope this helps some =/
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Post by LeopardGex on Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:21 pm

Could'nt have said it better my self. BTW idk what spahgum moss is but i though you where soposed to use a moister keeping herticulture product?

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Re: Now Lipsy laid eggs..

Post by Marnie on Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:22 am

I only had sphagnum moss in. I set it up properly and kept the temp at 29-31 but I think they were left out too long as they have dented and shrivelled :/ I was really annoyed that Adam didn't check up on her as the eggs might have been alright, I was at work I had no control :/ really upset but I suppose it's okay she will lay more. Thanks guys, I will get some sand in ready for the next couple. Blondie layed another one that day too but it was already a mucky yellow colour and just the one so I threw it away

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Post by Kermit on Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:06 am

Always freeze eggs before throwing them out just in case they are viable despite their appearance. Last thing you want is to have an egg incubate and hatch in a warm rotting trash dump somewhere. Not likely but why risk it. Also vermiculite or perlite (sp?) Would be a better incubator substrait.

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Re: Now Lipsy laid eggs..

Post by Smiley on Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:29 am

I've heard of eggs denting in a little and still hatching. (pretty sure it just means they lost some moisture inside) If they weren't too dried up you could let them incubate a week or so and then candle the eggs to see if any progress was made
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