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  2. Last night, one of my adult female Polyphaga saussurei roaches surprised me with her effort to climb the temperature sensor hanging in the enclosure. As I mentioned previously, my adult saussurei roaches are, let's say... restless. It's the same every evening, a few hours after the lights go out (except the red lights). What I had not expected, was how 'motivated' this roach was to climb to a higher spot. My hypothesis at the moment is that these roaches try to find a higher spot (be it a trunk or a rock) to sit on and be found by a male. I'm pretty sure there is more than meets the eye: pheromones most likely (love is in the air?). The sub-adults stay hidden all the time, but this one... I could even touch her and it took some probing for her to release and burrow again in the substrate (to reappear half an hour later). I changed the wire configuration to thwart the next attempt (the enclosure does not have a lid, as I did not expect such action from these 'non-climbers'). Anyone else got such bold Polyphaga roaches?
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  4. Wow! well... that's impressive. Now I'm agree... They certainly aren't worth the risk Thanks for sharing that incident @Tleilaxu!!
  5. @HisserdudeLook at what you did, this is all your fault. In all seriousness I caught this poor sucker. It was really tiny, and had a shrunken abdomen. You can somewhat see how shrunk it was. When I found it, I thought it was a different species of roach until I saw the shoulder patches. Very close resemblance to D. orini What happened?
  6. These new inverts.... Hmm I wonder.
  7. I'd say that the Surinames would make a better sabotage mechanism rather than cleaner crew, they can even take down Hissers colonies. They aren't worth the risk. @Hisserdude
  8. Many thanks for your opinions @Tleilaxu & @Hisserdude I'll think better about it... About the communal Pycnoscelus species tank, I still think that with some work routine it could work. Taking away parts of the overpopulating species every some while, and keeping the ratio to taste haha. The potential of Pycnoscelus spp. as a cleaner of big species tanks seems like another extensive topic to me :-D... Because really, it would depends again on the species you choice and the control you apply over the cleaner population. Even with P.surinamensis, giving the right care I can't imagine them causing problems to nymphs of... you know, big ovoviviparous species
  9. I'll try to get some pictures of them soon... Getting some new inverts this week though, so I'll be focusing on those first.
  10. Redeemed for now. You should update us on them.
  11. What about Parcoblatta?
  12. The P.surinamensis would definitely eradicate the other two Pycnoscelus species, which are a lot slower breeding. Also, I think they wouldn't even make good tank mates with other, larger roaches, because they would out compete the smaller nymphs of those species. P.surinamensis is a really prolific and competitive species, they don't play nice with others.
  13. Funny how the sticker that says "Bugarium" shows two beetle species that are highly illegal to keep here in the US... The little goblins would be a good choice, Panchlora would probably like this setup as well, and fit your description nicely.
  14. I know, they are adorable, one of my favorite species in my collection now! (I have a lot of favorites...) Haha, now that you mention it, I can totally imagine that music being in a Ghibli film!
  15. Oh I do, I have a nice sized colony with lots of adults.
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  17. I got it, Panchlora nivea burrowing nymphs, climbing adults.

  18. I thought this was going to be a mixed species display, my bad. Why don't you set up and decorate the tank first, and post the completed pics here, then maybe others can give better imput once we see what your intending. You may also be inspired along the way.
  19. I don't mix species. Cohabitation seems to result in one species doing well and the other fading away.
  20. I still wouldn't chance it with your more "valuable" species. Perhaps @Hisserdude shall chime in.
  21. Your Pycnoscelus will be killing others behind the scenes.(Eggs and nymphs) I only ever see mine when fresh food is offered to the cage, and only at night under red light. The other non burrowers should be visible, again at night. I like placing these on top of my smaller enclosures, they light up the area and the roaches don't care. Can't wait to see the tank setup. I personally find watching roaches cross "bridges" and climbing things to be rather amusing for some odd reason. Possible decorating ideas. Also @Hisserdude
  22. So I picked up this nice 3 gallon "bugarium" from PetSmart today. I want to a roach species that produces small/tiny non climbing nymphs at least. So help think through some ideas. Paratemnopteryx coulianna is at the top of my list. I would expect the adults to hang out on the bark and fake plants and be fairly visible. Yes? No? I also like little Kenyans and Surinam but would the adults ever be visible? Any other suggestions?
  23. Well.... I meant Pycnoscelus could make a "good cleaning crew" with big species and... of course not oviparous ones :-D. (Like Blaberus, Eublaberus, Blaptica, Byrsotria... Archimandrita). As you said they may eat ooths and maybe small nymphs; but that's something you could find even in the conventional cleaner species, they canĀ“t be used in the container of any species (same case if the population of the cleaner species is not controlled by removing a part every some time). At this point... I wasn't thinking on the possible predatory behavior of Pycnoscelus over the nymphs of different species of the same genus. I guess, as you said, in long term some species would predominate the population
  24. Actually they don't according to Orin's For the love of Cockroaches and reports from a few other people Pycnoscelus do eventually kill off colonies of other species. Either through sheer number or predatory behavior towards ooth/tiny nymphs. My mixed colony is solely for my own amusement, and for practice/troubleshooting, I have no doubt that given time the Periplaneta would eventually be eaten out of said enclosure. I'm not expecting long term viability. And if I do decide to take any roaches back with me, they will be in single species enclosures for their permanent dwelling.
  25. Hey Tleilaxu! Thanks a lot for your answer... I completely agree :-) Actually I think Pycnoscelus species could make a very good cleaning crew for colonies of big species. But I was thinking about a colony exclusively of Pycnoscelus, I mean, in my case, to really enjoy these species I use to remove the substrate and watch them, because they always have available food they don't use to make any big display when I trow food to their containers :'( hahaha... So, I was thinking on something that occupy the same space, and to watch them on the same way... I guess would be acceptable to this end to use Eublaberus spp. or some other great cavers :-)
  26. I think your parthenogenetic species would dominate. That said I'd mix a P.surinamensis and one or two Periplaneta species, this way you have two different species occupying different areas of the container, and it's no big loss if a Periplaneta ooth gets nommed in the process. Of course if you want ooths, just provide high off the ground hiding spots to increase the odds. Where as all the Pycnoscelus species would occupy the same areas.
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