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  1. You mean 300 dominoes, right? Because that seems like a huge number even for them, and I'm pretty sure 300 A. tesselata would fill a 10g with solid roaches. Does anyone know where in the substrate both nymphs tend to hang out? I haven't gone digging around too much, but the dominoes seem to stay just under the leaf litter, they don't go down very far unless frightened. Not sure about the peppereds, they vanished when I put them in and haven't come out. Good news: the dominoes don't seem to mind the light! Some testing is still to be done, but these guys are really chill.
  2. Would there be any particular way to tell if they were causing trouble? I'm assuming it would be really hard to tell, what with them all being under the substrate. Your concern definitely seems like something to have in mind, since even these nymphs are larger than the adults. Not sure how to tell how active the nymphs are under the substrate. With that in mind, can I keep a colony of A. tesselata in a 10 gallon tank? Maybe even a vertical setup? Not sure what the best shape would be for tesselata or if they'd have enough room in there.
  3. Great to know, thanks. I'll leave a dry patch in the substrate just in case, but I think I'll keep things slightly wetter for the A. tesselata. They're such lovely roaches, I'd love to have some adults available to handle occasionally. If the roaches are OK with the light, and I might try shading it at first, I'll try a couple of nontoxic plant species in there. If they chew the plants, no big deal, I'll take the plants out. Much rather have A. tesselata than plants.
  4. Are there any isopods that can be seen out and about when their enclosure is lit by ambient room light? I'd really like to set up an itty-bitty isopod vivarium for display purposes, maybe even something multi-layered to look like the inside of a fallen log, and I'd like to be able to actually see the lil guys. Could probably set up something really cool-looking with cork bark as structure and actual rotting wood as food.
  5. I went to a ComicCon yesterday, and there were some people there who'd brought some reptiles, both preserved (dead of natural causes) and live. They also had some roaches, including some peppered roaches, that they'd brought as display. The roaches weren't intended to be sold, but, when I asked, the owner was happy to sell me a couple. I now have two male peppered roach nymphs, one almost 2" long, one closer to 1". They're both in my domino roach tank, and I haven't seen them since I put them in, unsurprisingly. They were really charming to hold before I put them in, though, calm and seeming curious more than anything else. I impulse-bought these guys after chatting with the owner about how they were kept, but I'm strongly considering trying to get some females. The owner was keeping them in a bioactive enclosure with hissing cockroaches, and there were a couple of teeny peppered nymphs in the moss they'd been brought in, so they were definitely doing well. Apparently the enclosure was just wet enough to keep the decomposers happy, so I thought I'd give these guys a try in mine. The enclosure is an 18" cube aquarium, with a 3" layer of petroleum jelly to prevent escapes. The substrate is a mix of coco fiber and coco chips, 3-4" deep, with about 1" of pecan leaf litter on top of it. There's a big piece of driftwood that would make a good hanging surface, plus a goat skull and some pieces of slate, so there's room for shedding. I keep about a third of the substrate damp enough to keep springtails happy, and there's a heating pad on one side so the temperature doesn't go below 68F. The dominoes seem pretty happy, though it's hard to tell when I only have two adults. Anyone have any thoughts on if I could add female peppereds and have these two do well together? I don't think they'd fight each other. I know the peppereds eat a lot of food, but I don't think it'd be too hard to keep both species supplied with cat food, and the 5 pecan trees in my yard mean I could keep them supplied with literal heaps of leaf litter, so I'm pretty sure I could give them enough food to keep them from outcompeting each other. I haven't seen them interact yet, but I'm reasonably certain they wouldn't stress each other- dominoes stay mostly on the floor, peppereds climb. Do domino roaches actually need a dry area of substrate, or could I keep all the substrate at least slightly damp to help up the air humidity? Mine were damp all the time in a smaller tank before I put them in here, and they didn't seem to mind, though a lot of mold happened. Also, has anyone tried keeping plants with either of these species? I've turned on a light over the tank to see if they'll come out under a light, and, if so, I'm hoping to plant some ferns or something else that can grow in coco fiber, or maybe tuck some pots in somewhere. Maybe try some ivy- though I'd have to make sure it didn't climb over/through the jelly layer. I know the dominoes won't eat plants, but what about peppereds? And I assume there's no concern about them burrowing into the roots and getting stuck, since they'd encounter roots in the wild.
  6. I'm still only seeing a couple of them, so they definitely aren't breeding very fast, and they seem to be behaving. Not sure exactly how damp the substrate patch they like is, but it also has some springtails living in it.
  7. Another roach has come out, but it's a male. I think? It's pretty much identical to the existing one. They met, tapped their antennae against each other, and the slightly larger of the two made a quick bouncing motion while the smaller one hunched down into the leaves, then they went their separate ways. Not sure if that's what the exciting smell was.
  8. He hasn't gotten that excited since, but he'll occasionally stand on a high place with his antennae waving, I assume scenting for females. Now and then he'll speed up and walk around quickly for 30 seconds or so afterward. I still haven't seen a female, but that doesn't mean much with domino roaches. I did find a thriving colony of springtails in the wet part of the enclosure, and I learned that magnolia leaves buried slightly under the substrate will keep the substrate under them nice and damp for a long time. Is there anything I can do to lure domino roaches into one area to see them, maybe an especially tasty food under a piece of wood?
  9. I spritzed some water in to settle the scent out of the air, and he's calmed down now. There was water available already, so I don't think he was thirsty, I think there was a smell making him excited. Guess I'll just watch and see if a female pops up.
  10. I have an 18" cube vivarium housing some domino roaches. There's one adult male that I'm aware of, and a bunch of nymphs of mixed sizes, including a female nymph who was quite large when I saw her last. I've seen the male exploring fairly often, he comes out a lot in the evenings. This evening, though, he's acting really excited. He's moving fast and flickering his antennae a lot more than usual. I don't think it's distress, he's making no effort to escape, but something is clearly making him excited. How good is a male domino roach's sense of smell? Could it be the female nymph has morphed out somewhere and he can smell it?
  11. Armadillidium vulgare look to be the right ones, thanks! Good to know they won't be likely to get up to anything. If I see them starting to multiply a ton, I'll lure them with bait (carrots, probably) and pick some out, but if not I'll leave them alone. I assume domino roaches deal with some form of isopods in the wild anyway.
  12. Your plan sounds good to me. Be certain the roach can burrow, baby death's head roaches (that's the common name for these) burrow constantly and don't come out except to feed, but they come out and put on a show as adults. Also, put a thermometer in there, and monitor the temperature for a few days before putting the roach in. Be sure the substrate is safe for inverts- try whatever your isopods get. When he comes out as an adult, he'll need something to hang from to molt properly, so be sure there's something tall that he can sit on. Cork bark would work. No need for embarrassment, they do look a lot like baby dubias. He'll eat cat food and veggies, or whatever your isopods get. They aren't really fussy
  13. I Googled Porcellio scaber , and it's definitely not those. Mine are rounder and slow, and they're from Texas. I only ever find them in moist places, and the few I've seen have stayed in the wet areas. They won't run out of food because I'm keeping a layer of leaf litter in there, but I don't think they can go anywhere. Plus, the wet spot is across the tank from the heat pad, so it's kinda cold. If I see any oothecae that are in the wetter area, is it safe to move them to a dry area so the isopods can't reach them? Just lightly pick them up and set them down in another spot of similar temperature, maybe near the spot where I put all the non-leaf food in. They get cat food and occasional dried shrimp or worms from a can of fish food in addition to all the leaves, and sometimes a bit of carrot or a berry. I keep one corner of the tank wet so it spreads moisture out about 1/3 of the substrate, and the rest is varying stages of dry. There's a heat pad stuck to the non-wet side of the tank so they have a warm spot and it keeps the tank from getting too cold, and the roaches can choose where they want to be. I don't know where the nymphs hang out, I can't find them and haven't dug in to look, but the adult male doesn't seem to have any preference.
  14. My domino roach terrarium has some isopods in it. I didn't put them in on purpose, they migrated over as babies on a goat skull that I brought from another terrarium and apparently didn't clean off well enough. The goat skull is against the glass, and I can see a few isopods crawling around in a cavity under it, but I don't have any way to reach them and get them out short of digging up a third of the terrarium. They're just regular outdoor isopods, the little grey ones with speckles, I don't know the species. Could they potentially be an issue? They're in the wet corner of the terrarium, most of the rest is fairly dry. It's a few inches of coco fiber substrate topped with dried pecan leaves, and there's currently under 20 roaches in it. Could the isopods eat the oocathae, or will not being able to spread into the dry areas keep them from doing anything?
  15. Roaches don't strictly obey gravity, especially not sticky-footed ones like hissing roaches. It's pretty cool.