To keep your superworm larvae happy and healthy you have to satisfy a quick listing of requirements.
First, you need a dark, escape proof container. Using an aquarium to house your larvae is not really suggested for various reasons. There exists way too much wasted space in an aquarium. You might think about keeping more Superworms in a deeper substrate to benefit from available height. This really is not a good idea as the thicker the substrate and layer of superworms, the better heat and mess is produced. Additionally, larvae can easily climb the silicone bead running the inside which joins the bits of glass together.
A shallow rubbermaid container is most effective. You need to drill very small holes to the container for air circulation. Stay in mind that superworm larvae have quite strong mandibles and when they can get their mouth on an inside side of your drilled holes they are going to have little trouble enlarging it.
The next step to keep your superworms healthy is providing a top quality substrate. There are normally among two methods employed here. One idea is to provide a consumable substrate that gives both a food source and living environment. Another is to provide a non consumable substrate including wood shavings.
The second strategy is favorable because superworms often fair better in a moist environment. Superworm larvae require a light mist of water over their substrate occasionally to help keep humidity levels high. Spraying a consumable substrate including grain or cereal routinely can bring about mold and mites, each of which can destroy a colony.
Water is a crucial variable in not just the healthiness of your superworms but additionally in breeding them down the road if you choose to do this. Superworm beetles may not lay eggs minus the correct humidity levels. Superworm eggs may die if able to dehydrate extensively.
To supply a way to obtain drinking water a typical method is by using potatoes (cut in two) or carrots. It becomes an economical solution with all the additional advantage of potatoes being easily stored for later use. Another common way of providing a source of hydration is to purchase food/water cubes that are made by various pet product companies and sold online or through your local pet shop. They may be a handy method to offer both food and water in one package with the additional benefit of supplying your insects with nutritional vitamins. Try to find food cubes designed for feeding/hydrating crickets.
Another important consideration is heat. Superworms unlike mealworms can not survive at low temperatures. Putting superworms within the fridge to keep them for later use like one could do with mealworms will result in the death of your superworms. Room temperature is fine for keeping the larvae, however keep in mind that they can grow faster and breed better if whatsoever dibqgk at higher temperatures (75 degrees or higher).
To give your superworms just about anything is going to do. They can be fed on grains, vegetables, carrion, salad mixes, good quality fish flakes, commercial diets, dog food etc.
Keeping superworms successfully is not really hard as long as one follows some basic guidelines.
So remember, find or invest in a dark, escape proof container. Use a substrate of wood shavings. Feed them often and vary their diet. Spray their substrate with a very list mist of water routinely. Keep the superworms in a warm temperature. Finally, make sure you clean their enclosure often.