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  2. scottbot84

    How do you all heat your large collections?

    One mat heats 3 small bins (long 6qt) for me, I only heat one end to provide a gradient. So for my 12 bins I only use 4 mats.
  3. Do you have lis on your bins? How do you keep it from melting the plastic?
  4. Thank you, I'll have to look into that. Wondering if there are large ones that could connect to multiple bins. Other wise it might be an overlord of electrical cords everywhere.
  5. kurgar galatur

    Help identify these roaches

    AAA! Thank you so much. These are lateralis? Huh. Curiouser and curiouser. I haven't used them as feeders for maybe a year. While they don't scurry up, Home Depot tubs and smaller Herpcult enclosures are scalable for them given enough time. Fine dust from coconut fiber might be on those surfaces. They've gotten out of tubs with Vaseline on the inside rim. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. I haven't seen them climb glass though. I've found them in moist substrate after tarantulas refuse them. They didn't make proper burrows like a naked mole rat would though. They're strangely unpopular, or they were before I stopped using them. Even T stigmurus avoid them. Now I want to try them out again. Again, I really appreciate you expertise.
  6. All About Arthropods

    Help identify these roaches

    These are definitely lateralis (specifically adult females pictured). As for the odd behaviors you describe - are you sure the walls of your enclosure are free of any residue? If there's any texture at all, I wouldn't be surprised that they could scale it. On the topic of burrowing - when do you see them do it?
  7. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Currently redoing our club calendar, I'll upload it on Roach Forum once it is completed. We are still meeting virtually via Skype. Thanks, Arthroverts
  8. Hi. I bought a whole bunch of these as a colony of B lateralis on roachforum a while ago. (Un)fortunately I can't recall who the seller was. They do none of the nice things lateralises do. It's almost like they're repellent to my animals. Literally nothing wants them. Contrary to what I've read about red runners, mine climb acrylic enlosures, burrow, escape, all that annoying stuff. I guess they didn't read the roach manual. The colony thrives from weeks of neglect too, which I guess is a good thing under their circumstances. Not fond. SoCal Invert Club has been very helpful. They're pretty sure it's a pest species. Which one though we aren't sure. The "W" shape on the thorax is weird and should be a useful signifier. (Apologies on pic quality. Had to crop it.) Any info is really appreciated.
  9. All About Arthropods

    How do you all heat your large collections?

    I use one large brooder lamp with a 250 watt heat bulb for each of my shelves.
  10. scottbot84

    How do you all heat your large collections?

    I'm only using this method for a dozen colonies, but I use small heat mats used for starting seeds with a thermostat (probe goes in the substrate of one of the bins). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0829G6VGY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E9IO6N0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 More expensive up front than a space heater but loads cheaper in the long run and much easier to control temps.
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  12. Shinylarvitar97

    Paranauphoeta formosana Care

    I keep this species. I have them in a 19L container with plenty of ventilation and temps in the low 80°F range. I try to keep the substrate moist, but since I have good airflow and additional heat, it tends to dry quick. A good watering once or twice a week works for me. They can handle dry conditions, but I've had success keeping and breeding them more humid with good ventilation. My substrate consists of coconut fiber, cypress mulch, and spagnum moss with a nice layer of leaf litter on top for cover. They can be a shy species so good hides like cork bark/wood pieces are a must. I feed mine mainly apple/carrot/fish flake, but they don't seem to eat a ton at first. Once you get a larger colony of course they will consume more. I'm sure they'll eat other things, but those are just my staples. Also I may have a group or two up for grabs if you'd like to give them a chance.
  13. Allpet Roaches

    Armadillidium hybrids

    I have boatloads of hybrids. I even put them on my trade/sale list. I will have a pic on the August 2020 invert mag cover front or back. I'm so behind on it, it might not ship till Aug. 31. When I do I'll post the cover pic here (assuming it's on the front).
  14. I'm thinking of getting a starter colony of this species, but can't find too much information on its care. Was wondering if any of you that have experience with the species could impart some information. Also, if you have some available, give me a PM. Thanks!
  15. So for like 30-50+ colonies, what do you guys find to be the best way to heat? I've been using a space heater on low setting, but even that is more expensive than I'd like. Safety is also a major concern. I think I may have even asked this before, but can't seem to find the thread.
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  17. Shinylarvitar97

    Deropeltis paulinoi care

    Agree with TJ, they seem to appreciate more moisture for sure. Yeah i keep mine with some vertical pieces of cork bark mainly. They tend to congregate together as nymphs, so they don't need tons of room, but if you want to give them a bit bigger enclosure they should be fine as long as they have easy access to food/moisture. Mine mainly eat apple/fish flake, but that's just my regular roach diets. They develop well with good heat/protein. Not the fastest growing species, but they have fairly steady growth.
  18. Hisserdude

    Deropeltis paulinoi care

    Roachcrossing's recommendation of "dry substrate, high air humidity" makes little sense and is why I lost my sp. "Jinka" culture... Just keep them with a horizontal humidity gradient, one half of the enclosure dry, the other half humid, that's what most people successful with Deropeltis seem to do. D.paulinoi seem to be more moisture loving than other Deropeltis species. They do appreciate good airflow, and Deropeltis do not burrow, so vertical bark slabs or eggflats work best for them.
  19. mantisfan101

    Deropeltis paulinoi care

    Got it, do these guys burrow at all? Most pics of them seem like they prefer to hide on vertical cork bark slabs. Also, what’s their growth rate and diet like?
  20. Shinylarvitar97

    Deropeltis paulinoi care

    I keep my nymphs a bit more moist with good ventilation. Not a lot of moisture, but a moderate spray once a week does the job for me at least. Depends on your climate. They'll do ok at room temps as nymphs, but heat in the high 70's to 80's seems to boost their growth of course. Some people have success keeping them drier as well with just a wet corner of moss. Also their ootheca need a fair amount of humidity to hatch i believe, but i could be wrong. I had a few ooths dry out on me when I kept them a bit hotter and with the wet corner only as adults. I'm sure this isn't a definite way to keep them, but it worked with me through the 1st generation and doing well with the 2nd.
  21. What’s care like for them? I’m seeing mixed responses regarding temps and humidity, although I think room temps, dry sub but high humidity is best for them
  22. Acro

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Any updates Orin?
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  24. Shinylarvitar97

    Male vs. Female nymph examples?

    Here's a comparison. http://imgur.com/a/eUkrQzX
  25. Arthroverts

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Yeah, I noticed these are being sold as well. Does that mean they aren't sterile hybrids? Thanks, Arthroverts
  26. Hisserdude

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Any pictures of these hybrids?
  27. I use lower quality dog food (with grain) for my feeder roaches (they also get fruits, veggies, and other good stuff). For my smaller groups I use high quality Koi pellet food, which seems to be working well. I use fish flakes occasionally but they mix into the substrate, making it harder to determine how much was eaten.
  28. Shinylarvitar97

    Male vs. Female nymph examples?

    I'll try to get a clear shot of the segments on my hissers if I can. It can be a bit difficult with younger nymphs, but if you have a trained eye it can be a bit easier to notice the smaller segments on males. I've done that a lot in the past, and have misidentified females as males. Also hope your lost hisser shows up. I've had hissers escape before, but I've usually found most of the bigger ones. Might just be luck though.
  29. I'm trying to sex my G. portentosa nymphs by looking at their abdomenal segments, but I'm struggling. Either all seven of these nymphs are males, or I'm doing something wrong. I see in a lot of close-up pictures of hissing cockroach abdomens, there's a little "tail" after all of the segments, and I'm wondering if I'm confusing that "tail" for a final small segment on some of them, but I can't find any examples specifically of nymphs that outline that. I was hoping someone might be able to post pictures of their own nymphs to show me what to look for on nymphs specifically, so that I can compare that to mine? I tried just getting pictures of mine to upload here, but unfortunately my phone camera really doesn't work well so none of them were clear enough. On top of all of this, I also lost a nymph in this whole process, so now I'm down from my 8 nymph brood to 7, which I'm bummed about. I'm hoping by some miracle I'll be able to find the little guy tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath. Anyway, thanks in advance for some nymph pics!
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