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  2. Hisserdude

    Hi from Germany

    Hello, welcome the forum, hope you enjoy it here! Loboptera are very cute little things, that's for sure!
  3. Loboptera

    Hi from Germany

    Hi, I'm Michael from Germany. Started with feeders - Blaptica - more than 25 years ago. After allergic reactions I had to stop breeding them and explored the huge world of roaches. Kept feeders like Eublaberus, Nauphoeta, Symploce, Panchlora and many others then. Due to herpetological research in the mediterranean I found Loboptera my favourite genus. I kept two or three species but had to stop this due to my work and family. A few months ago I restarted with Phoetalia pallida, again as feeder for my lizards (Lacertids). This year I plan holidays on the Balearics again and hope to find some Loboptera. My second obsession is old herpetological literature and due to my interest in roaches a few roachtitles also found their new home in my lib. For instance Brunner van Wattenwyl Nouv. Syst. Blattaires or Walker Catalogue of the Blattariae in the BM. best regards Michael
  4. Loboptera

    Over the Ocean

    Hi Marco, nice to see, the Symloce still do well. 😉 I assume, they originate from my stock? best Michael
  5. Jesus

    Feeding question

    Hissing roach, Red Runner, Lobster & Dubia
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  7. Arthroverts

    Feeding question

    I guess it really depends on the species. Some require veggies and fruits, and others, like Therea, can survive and thrive on chicken feed only. Hope this helps, Arthroverts
  8. Allpet Roaches

    Porcellio expansus

    I offer a few damp areas and a few dryer areas in the enclosure.
  9. Allpet Roaches

    How big are newborn hisser nymphs?

    They are around 8 mm long, 4 mm wide and 1 mm thick.
  10. What happens if I stop giving my roaches vegetables and only feed them oats/dog food? would they still survive and breed?
  11. Betta132

    Arboreal Roaches?

    I don't think the burrowing nymphs would uproot your plants. Not a decently rooted plant, at least. They'd just go between the roots. Alternately, you could enclose the roots in a fabric mesh to keep the nymphs out of the main root ball, so they could only bother the roots that grew through the mesh. From what I remember seeing of hisser nymphs, yes, they'd squeeze out through that gap. They're very flat and good at escaping.
  12. Arthroverts

    Arboreal Roaches?

    @Betta132, the only problem with the Banana roaches is that they burrow, at least the nymphs do, and thus would uproot my plants. @Shinylarvitar97, I am strongly considering Deropeltis based on what you said. They have strong chemical defenses from what I hear, so I don't think the assassins would prey too much on them. The gap alongside the door is about 1/16" (I will measure and get a conclusive answer), so are Little Kenyans/Bananas/Hissers that small as nymphs? Thanks, Arthroverts
  13. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah, they probably can be found under loose bark on dead trees and such, as well as objects lying on the ground. Not a lot of research has been done into their preffered wild microhabitats TBH... Interesting, well I'm glad they like the dry stuff then! Weird, I've seen a couple of non-burrowing Blaberid nymphs do that before, they'll hide under loose substrate if frightened... Probably, I mean they can climb glass as adults, so you might just find it climbing the walls of the enclosure one day! 😂 If the enclosure isn't too big you should be able to find it pretty easy I think, as they aren't burrowers, so it'll be on a hide somewhere... Pretty sure it'll be a similar ratio to other Blaberids, however you could still get unlucky and have a unisex group, you never know!
  14. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Armadillidium granulatum Larger individuals Smaller individuals Mixed-size individuals
  15. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    What do they live on in the wild? The vertical hiding spots makes me think they'd probably like to hide under loose bark on trees. Or, I guess, in the sinus cavities of animal skulls. The apple has dried out, and they've had a go at it. At this point, I seriously think they just didn't know what to do with the juicy stuff. They're from a very dry island- a mountain range on the adjacent island blocks storms, so the climate on the island they came from is scrubby. It almost looks like savannah from overhead. There definitely wasn't any fruit growing anywhere near where I found them. They might not have had fruit in generations, depending on how far they tend to roam. One is hiding right under the top layer of the dirt. At least, I assume. I sprayed in a little water and a roach-sized patch of dirt moved around slightly like something was under it. Are the adults reasonably bold? I'm hoping I'll be able to find that one I put in my tesselata enclosure, once it hits adulthood. It being 17% of my stock and all. Does anyone know if these have a relatively even male/female ratio? I'm hoping they're not like Therea.
  16. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio hoffmannseggi Large individuals Small individuals Mixed-size individuals
  17. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Sounds good, should work well to heat them! Kyle from Roachcrossing hasn't been active in quite a while, and is very inconsistent in terms of customer service nowadays, several people claimed they paid him and never received anything in return, had to file PayPal claims to get their money back... Overall I doubt we'll be seeing a true return anytime soon, which is a shame, he used to be one of the best vendors in the US. 😕 Of course, but if you can breed them successfully, you'll definitely have some customers is all I'm saying! Yeah according to my friend, Rhyparobia like vertically slanted bark slabs stacked against each other quite a bit for hides, which kinda explains why yours are hiding there!
  18. Betta132

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Part of the issue is the gaps along the sides of the doors. Especially small roaches will definitely slip through those. Your kenyans might, for example. I don't think I'd use Therea. They only have about 1 female for every 8 males, so it's easy for all the females to get eaten. If you bred a ton of them elsewhere, that could work, but I don't think it's what you're looking for. Besides- you'd need a lot of nymphs underground at all times to have a population of visible adults, and I don't know that there's quite enough dirt to keep that many nymphs happy. How about banana roaches? You'd have to figure out a way to keep them contained, but they're definitely climbers, they're brightly colored, and they're prolific.
  19. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio sp. "Morocco" Large female Large male(s) Smaller individual(s) Mixed-size individuals
  20. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio spinicornis Gravid female Smaller individuals Mixed-size individuals
  21. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Yeah Therea species coupled with the assassins probably wouldn't fare too well. Once you get a large colony though you'll pretty much have adults most of the time, but the assassins are a concern. Gyna species burrow mainly, but will come to the surface. Mostly the adults, but I've seen larger nymphs out as well. Once you get a reasonable sized colony of those they'd be pretty active too. Deropeltis sp. Might work. They seem to climb more than burrow. I honestly haven't seen mine dig really honestly. They're usually at the surface. They stay together in groups it seems as well, as they're always clustered near one another. That's just how I've observed them though. Also yeah if you could cover the holes somehow it might work.
  22. Shinylarvitar97

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Great some heat should hopefully be beneficial to them once you get one. Just make sure it doesn't get too hot, but they should be ok. Yeah some species will eventually make it past. Some species are better at it than others. Kyle from roachcrossing is still around, but at the moment it's difficult to get in contact with him for a few reasons. He's got a lot going on unfortunately with his family and himself personally. Not sure if he'll ever be back completely. I don't know all the details. Maybe try messaging him on his personal Facebook. Some have gotten through to him I think. Not 100% certain though. It's unfortunate, but I'm sure he's going through alot.
  23. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Alright, I'll pick up a Zoomed cable, and I'll double-check the lid. They definitely haven't worn down the barrier yet! It's still nice and thick, and I made sure to get it in all the corners. Is the Roachcrossing guy just gone or something? I emailed him months ago and never heard back. Does anyone know if he's even alive? I'm not making any guarantees about sending anyone anything, since I can't guarantee these will breed (though they should), but I'll definitely make a thread on here when I have spares. I found where they're hiding! They all crammed themselves down into a little crevice of empty space between the dirt and the glass. They have cork bark to hide under, but I guess they prefer a vertical crevice. I'll build them some. I just saw a roach run across my floor and went to make sure it wasn't one of mine. Just a smoky brown nymph. I live in a very old house with a lot of crevices, the roaches are kind of unavoidable. It's too bad I can't vaseline the whole house to keep em out!
  24. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    ZooMed heat cables work great, at least that's the brand I use. Definitely make sure that their lid in on tight, because I've found Vaseline doesn't keep in 100% of climbing roaches, eventually they wear down the barrier and small nymphs can sometimes get past it. FYI, I think my buddy @Bmaines96 would love some when you've got an established colony, he has a single pair he got from Roachcrossing, but the female aborted her first ooth, hasn't reproduced since then... His R.sp. "Gold" are breeding well, but sadly there's no one else he can get more maderae from anymore.
  25. Arthroverts

    Arboreal Roaches?

    @Shinylarvitar97 I figured with the assassins, which is why I want something that reproduces quickly, like the Little Kenyans or Eublaberus. The cage has very tiny ventilation holes (about the size of a metal pin head, not the plastic pin heads) on the front, but they are mostly obscured by the moss. It also has the standard Zoo Med screen ventilation for the top lid. The problem with Therea, besides what you already said, is that they are so active they would become instant targets for the assassins. Coupled with their short longevity/slow breeding process, I can see them dying out pretty quick. I want something that you can see pretty regularly but also reproduces at such a rate that if 5-6 become meals every two weeks the colony wouldn't die out. Maybe a Deropeltis sp.? Or a Gyna sp.? Do they burrow much? Thanks, Arthroverts
  26. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Therea sp. adults would make excellent display roaches as well, but the nymphs burrow pretty much exclusively and don't think they'd fair well in higher humidity. the adults aren't particularly long lived either unfortunately.
  27. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Hissers may work, they seem to tolerate a fair range of humidity and temps so they be a viable option. Only concern would be them escaping. I know exo terra/zoo med like enclosures usually have some points where the small nymphs may be able to slip through. That's just my thoughts though. The other concern would be the Psytalla eating the roaches if they were large enough. I've seen mine take down considerably bigger prey. Don't want to dissuade you from stocking the tank with multiple species though as I believe it could work if you find the right species. The Kenyans would be a nice addition because of their size. Don't believe they'd mess with the other species too much, and with enough of them, they may act as a secondary food source for the assassins as well. Not alot of options i can think of at them moment unfortunately. Maybe Simandoa conserfarium. They can be a bit secretive though and stay down low under cork/wood pieces. I've seen them out and about, but only for feeding times and at night when I catch them off guard. Then there comes the dilemma with the zoo meds small gaps. I could see the nymphs slipping through too possibly. They're slippery little ones. Beautiful species though. The Eublaberus would work great, but yeah them digging/destroying the roots is a big concern and they primarily burrow. Bananas mainly dig too, and adults can fly and are pretty small as well. Hard choice. Maybe someone else can throw in some better advice/suggestions. Haven't made a multi species tank myself so my knowledge is limited.
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