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  2. I have an egg carton in the 11x7x8 tank, along with two toilet paper rolls and a hollowed coconut shell. They sometimes hide under the plastic dish for their humidity/water sponge. The nymphs still tend to hide in the substrate, is this weird? I wouldn’t consider my cage “damp.” I’ve seen it argued about whether or not the hissers and their nymphs thrive in higher humidity, so do they? I’d always just assumed so. This time, my molts have come much faster, it’s been about 3 weeks since they were born and I’m getting my first molts. One completed, but is now acting strangely, as though it can’t walk. The other has not yet completed, but I’m leaving it completely alone to see what will happen. This brood has 39 now, probably soon to be 37 if nothing changes with the conditions of these two...
  3. Sometimes I've found insects in general (not just roaches) can have bad moults when they haven't got enough humidity so I'm wondering what level of humidity you are keeping them at? You say "high" but do you have a humidity meter in the cage and if so what is the level? Also what substrate and temperature? It seems odd to me that the older nymphs did not mature in over six months, I tend to find hissers of various species mature more quickly than that in general - I keep them around 22-25 Celsius (sorry not sure what that is in Fahrenheit) and they usually take 3-4 months to mature. How many babies do you still have and what size cage are they in? Do they have anywhere to hide, like cork bark or toilet roll tubes? I think they can get quite stressed if there's nowhere to hide especially during the day. Otherwise I can't really see anything obvious you're doing wrong, so it could also just be that they wouldn't have survived anyway - it does happen and I tend to find there are always a few casualties in every brood, although I appreciate it's much harder to lose one or two when you only have a few to start with. When I first started keeping roaches my first female only had four babies in her first and only brood before dying and I lost all of them 😞 I was really upset by that and, like you, at the time people on here told me I wasn't doing anything wrong either and I still to this day don't know what caused it as I have not changed anything much about how I keep them to this day. But then I got three more females which each had at least one large brood, and now I have a thriving colony, so much so I have had to separate out the female nymphs before they mature so they can't breed otherwise I would be over-run with hissers! 😮
  4. Update, other hisser babies died within a day of the bad molts and now I think it’s happening again. What am I doing wrong?! I gave them high protein dog food plus their normal fruits/veggies combo and I’ve been keeping the cage pretty warm.... I really need help, I don’t want more nymphs to die because I’m doing something wrong. Please help me...
  5. Allpet Roaches

    Hey From NY!

    Welcome! Hopefully you can expand out that roach list!
  6. Allpet Roaches

    Mysterious Blaberus Colosseus Nymph Death

    Sometimes one dies for no reason. If the other one dies then it is something about the current setup.
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  8. Test Account

    elongated treeroaches

    forgot these https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/12/staring-contest-continues.html?m=1 https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/12/i-win-staring-contest.html?m=1
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  10. Boomie

    Keeping Dubia Roaches with red-Runners

    They can live perfectly fine together, but Turkish are pest in the end. I raise my roaches in a facility so I can't avoid 'free roaches'. Turkish and Dubia have been mixed often here and never have any problem except when you go to sift your dubias you gotta sift out the red runners as well.
  11. Boomie

    ID help needed

    Looks like a Dusky Cave too me!
  12. EricSJCA

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    What happens to all the waste?
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    elongated treeroaches

    enjoy https://spkns.blogspot.com/2018/11/i-stare-vacuously-at-katydids.html?m=0
  14. Did you see the "spider herbivory is widespread" research papers?
  15. Test Account

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    I've seen hundreds of "wild" Porcellionides swarming CA compost bins
  16. Arthroverts

    Outdoor Composting Pets?

    It sounds like a great idea in theory. However, while most of the isopod species you suggest are already established within the U.S, many other kinds of isopods and most roach species are not (not counting Blatta sp.). If some were to get out of the composting enclosure (you probably won't be able to find a mesh that let droppings pass through without taking babies with it), it could wreak havoc on your local species and food chain. That is worst case scenario of course, but it COULD happen. Also, if the substrate is not deep enough, a freeze or heatwave could wipe out the whole project. I would rather suggest you do an indoor bin of some sort. I have a bin with 30+ Limax flavus and 10 Eublaberus posticus that I put my food waste into (fruits and vegetables only), and usually a whole apple/pear core can be gone in a couple of days. Plus, it does not smell or grow mold. I hardly do any maintenance on it, and the roaches burrow into the substrate (preventing anaerobic conditions from developing) while the slugs hide in a little pot I put in for them. I would like to add some Porcellio scaber to eat whatever is left over, but that is pretty much it. Completely self-cleaning and self-harvesting like you said. And thats my two cents! Hope it helps! Thanks, Arthroverts
  17. Hisser nymphs can be almost impossible to tell apart, and adults of some "Princisia" and Gromphadorhina strains are difficult to tell apart as well, seeing as many commonly sold strains of both are actually hybrids between the two... Additionally, "Princisia" may not be a valid genus in the first place, so even under a microscope you probably couldn't tell their nymphs apart from Gromphadorhina.
  18. Hisserdude

    Help me identify these nymphs please !

    Sorry for the extra late reply lol. They are definitely hissers, but you can't really ID them from nymphs, and if they are unlabeled you might not even be able to tell what they are once mature...
  19. Ah, now I understand! Well, I myself do at times worry that I might not be able to distinguish my Polyphaga species if I ever had to. So in that sense I understand your hypothetical challenge
  20. stanislas

    Hey From NY!

    Welcome Cole! I'm pretty sure that your experience with all kind of invertebrates can help the roach community as well.
  21. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    Surely no one will ever known every miniscule shard of information about any roach (or organism in general), but as far as things that the hobby concerns, you'll definitely get there. If there's one neat thing about hybrids, it is the color variation; I bet you'll see some beautiful looks thrown around.
  22. Which isopods and roaches would fare okay outdoors in shady, slightly sheltered area in San Jose, CA, where it only barely freezes at night or reaches 100° a few days of the year. I'm guessing at least A. vulgare, and P. dilatatus, and oriental roaches (Blatta orientalis) since they can be collected outdoors here almost year round, but what about the rest? Porcellio ornatus? Porcellionides pruinosus? Porcellio dilatatus? Porcellio laevis? Roaches? Etc. I was thinking of starting some compost pet colonies outside. If only I could find a sturdy mesh floor that would let isopod droppings pass through, but keep most of the isopods in, that won't rot or rust. A mesh floor could drip out excess water, keep it from growing nasty anaerobics at the bottom, and I was hoping to come up with a more trouble-free enclosure that could almost self-clean detritivore waste and self-harvest compost. What do you think?
  23. kawaiiroaches

    Using food to change the color of my hissers?

    The fish food could be darkening their color, but full black hissers are pretty rare as some gene mutations make them ebony. Hissers seem to have somewhat of a random genetic lineup from what I understand, especially if they’re mixed. Experiment with different fruits and veggies and dry puppy food, see what you get. My roaches love oranges, carrots, pineapple, and strawberries.
  24. Honestly, what a huge help. I’ve tried to educate myself as much as I can on hissers, but I suppose I’ll always have something to learn. I have to say, she’s one of the most beautiful roaches I’ve ever owned, that picture really doesn’t do her justice. She also has very prominent horns for a female. Now I’m very curious to see what types of colors their nymphs will develop, as I’m now trying to nurture a larger colony. If some will favor her more than him. This brood was about 40, so we’ll see what color variations happens.
  25. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    No prob! I would say she's pretty much certainly mixed with G.oblongonota as they're the second most common hisser species in the hobby and she does show similar dark red coloration.
  26. Interesting, thank you! I don’t mind at all that she’s a hybrid, as I won’t be selling her offspring, but I suspected she wasn’t a bumpy hisser because she’s been breeding. As I said, still pretty new to roaches and bugs... 😅 Just begs the question for me of what she’s mixed with.
  27. All About Arthropods

    Hisser Help? (Possibly Elliptorhina davidi)

    Unfortunately she is a Gromphadorhina hybrid; they can vary much in color from individual to individual. The male features much more of the classic MHC coloration, but he is still almost surely a hybrid as well since he wasn't gotten from one of the couple select sources for pure G.portentosa such as Kyle Kandilian of Roachcrossing.
  28. Help with ID? I’m still fairly new to this hobby, and the other day, I was reading up on hisser breeds. I found that my female looks almost nothing like my male, except for the fact that she is definitely a hisser. Could she be the coveted bumpy hisser or am I just getting my hopes up? She is textured as I hope you can see. I bought her at a pet shop as a MHC. My male is definitely a MHC, he fits the bill. He is pretty docile and likes being handled, while she can be somewhat fussy and picky about food but I believe this may just be personality type A Picture of the roaches So, thoughts? Could she be a bumpy hisser? I don’t care either way, I love her no matter what, I’m just really, really curious.
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