'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

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'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

Postby Philsuma » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:59 pm

For the first time on over 12 years in the Dart Frog hobby, I saw a reference that someone was 'scared' to dust their fruit flies too much. They used the term 'ghosting' the flies - coating them so much that they are white.
The term I have used is 'Sugar Cookie' - meaning the same thing.

Is a heavy coating of superfine supplement 'Bad' ? Not in my opinion.

There are no measurements or calibrations with dusting, so we are basically only left with two options:

To dust or not to dust.

Dusting is pretty straight forward. It's hard to go 'half way' and dust all the flies a little.

NOT Dusting is skipping a dusting one or more times sequentially = Not a bad thing either, but back to dusting amounts.

There has been a valid argument AGAINST Hypervitaminosis - too much vitamins. The reverse, Hypovitaminosis is what I'm worried about MUCH more. Of course Vitamin 'A' must always be used in a lower dosage, but this post is mainly referring to Calcium and the 'other' vitamins and supplements commonly found in commercial Dart Frog supplements.

It is well known that all Fruit Flies will immediately begin 'grooming' or removing the power with their legs. This is the argument for thorough and frequent dusting. I prefer this method. The 'Sugar Cookie'.

"To Sugar Cookie or not to Sugar Cookie'....THAT is the question.

Me ? I definitely Sugar Cookie !!

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Re: 'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

Postby pa.walt » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:23 am

this is something I have wondered myself. how much dust is too much on the flies.

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Re: 'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

Postby Philsuma » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:19 pm

Almost no such thing as too much imo

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Re: 'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

Postby Philsuma » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:21 pm

I dust every single feeding. Almost always

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Re: 'Sugar Cookie' dusted Fruit flies ?

Postby pa.walt » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:53 pm

you call it sugar cookie to me they look like powdered doughnuts. yeah I noticed by the time some of the flies are eaten they look pretty "clean" from the dusting.


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