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  1. Betta132

    Do roaches know when it's feeding time?

    I have a few smoky browns in my domino enclosure, and they get up and start feeding their antennae through the cracks around the lid when they smell certain foods. Mostly they like bacon, sausage, and fresh biscuits.
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    ID help needed

    Dubia nymphs look a lot like tesselata nymphs. You aren't the only one who's had this mixup happen, I met a lady who'd recently gotten a number of tesselata nymphs (which I can verify the species of, they were mostly huge and I've since had the two I got from her morph into adults) and she had some dubia adults starting to morph out of the group. I suspect dubias are a relatively common contaminant for roach sellers and are hard to weed out.
  3. Ooh, seconded, I've never seen Phortioeca phoraspoides before now but I definitely want some. I love the difference between the nymphs and the adults!
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    Capturing/collecting roaches

    I get those in my yard sometimes. Found them on corn plants a couple of times, in shrubs, never on the ground. Accidentally caught one in a sweep net. Go with the sweep net, along the sides of a cornfield if you can, see what pops out. They seem to mimic fireflies, probably due to fireflies' noxious contents, so look where fireflies can be found resting. To see what lives in a rotting log with minimal disturbance, turn the log over, pull a couple pieces of bark off, then put it back the way it was.
  5. 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?
  6. As of nearly a year later, I have lots. I put a simple pitfall trap made of a plastic cup in the tank with some food, and I took out easily a hundred adults. They haven't gone ridiculously out of control, but I thought it would be good to thin them out a bit. They're eating the leaves that I put in my for my domino roaches, is the only reason.
  7. For those unfamiliar with them, they're a large isopod. They're soft-bodied and get roughly 1" long, not counting a pair of long, jointed antennae on either end. They live along the edges of the water at beaches, especially rocky areas, but they don't actually need or like saltwater. As far as I can tell, they eat detritus and possibly algae. I imagine they could be fed the sort of nori seaweed that you can buy at grocery stores, and they'd probably take some sort of fish food. They can't climb smooth things at all, but they're fairly good at climbing rockwork and wood. They're very hard to catch if they're in among rockwork right at the edge of the waves, but if you find a large overhang somewhere with them living under it, they're very easy to knock off the overhang into a bucket. I've caught them by the dozens, but that was in California, so I couldn't take any home with me. Anyone ever tried?
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    Sarracenia pitchers eventually die if they become clogged with insects, but the plant stays healthy and regrows pitchers, and it gains more energy from the insects than it loses by having a pitcher die. They're made to deal with occasional swarms of insects coming through.
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    Carnivorous plants need to be kept in peat or sphagnum and given rainwater or distilled water, they can't stand minerals. They also mostly need very bright lights. Sundews and pinguicula love gnats, but only catch the gnats that stray out and bump them. Speaking from experience, they don't have enough catching power to wipe out an infestation, though I do have a pinguicula on a living wall that keeps the very low gnat population from ever increasing. Not good gnat control, but neat plants.
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    Some of my roach displays.

    I love the pantanals! Do they do much of anything, or just sit there looking nice?
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    I had a peat substrate kill off some roaches, not sure what happened. It retains more moisture than you really want for roaches, also. It's OK for amphibians, but coco fiber is better as a substrate, and also better for the environment- peat is dug out of old bogs and takes a long time to renew, while coco fiber comes from coconut shells and is a byproduct of everything that uses coconut interiors.
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    Zoomed Bugarium

    That's definitely good to know. Aside from the sealant issue, how do you find it? Is it a good size and shape to work with? I've been eyeing them, they look like a really nice size.
  13. I'm thinking of turning my current domino+peppered roach setup into a peppered-only setup and moving the dominoes to an enclosure set up to resemble their native habitat. Can't find any pics of wild domino roaches, but, seeing as how one of their common names is "desert roach" and I know they live in India, I think I have a decent idea of where they live. I have them in coco fiber with pecan leaves right now, and they seem to be doing well. My idea for the setup would be to take the existing substrate out, sift it to remove as many nymphs as possible, then gently mix some coarse sand in- mostly for appearances. All the substrate and leaves currently in the setup would be transferred over to make sure I didn't miss any nymphs. Coco fiber with a bit of sand, pecan leaves over the top, desert wood for climbing, goat skull for hiding/chewing, kept lightly wet on one side of the enclosure and moderately dry everywhere else. They'd get a constant supply of cat food and hardwood leaves, and fruit of one variety or another now and then. The tank would get semi-indirect light from a lamp. Any suggestions for species that would do well in a similar environment? The dominoes are the main priority, so nothing that might eat the eggcases. I'd also like something that would eat the same food, or at least something that wouldn't have to be provided with fresh food daily- I prefer pets where you can put food in a couple times a week and it lasts. I'd also really like it to be able to breed and maintain its population. Bonus points if it can be taken out and handled to show off to people. Maybe there's a suitable millipede species, or some variety of beetle? I like darkling beetles, but I'm worried about the larvae attacking eggcases or domino nymphs.
  14. I feel like the way to settle this would be to have everyone who has adults of one species or the other measure them, either in millimeters or in weight, and post the sizes.
  15. Some people try to remove stuck sheds on every animal species that sheds. With a few very specific exceptions, it's a bad idea, but the intent is good. In that case, I'd say you need to mist more.
  16. Keeping the humidity up should help him, but that's about all you can do. Definitely don't try to pull anything off him, just leave him alone.
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    Bahhh Saturday and no package

    Those are pretty durable, they should be OK. Just have some food and water ready for them when they arrive.
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    Live trap for roaches?

    Our house is really old and has no insulation in the walls, all sorts of bugs come into the walls for winter. My guess is a couple of eggcases ended up in there from adult roaches, plus a few others found their way in. Maybe they smelled the food in there and wanted in? At any rate, most of them are out now, and I can hopefully catch the rest when I renovate the enclosure. I just can't believe there were so many in the goat skull. They weren't the only ones, either, that's where my peppered roach adult hangs out. And he's several square inches of occupied space on his own!
  19. There are American roach nymphs (I think) in my domino roach enclosure, and I want them out, but I don't want to risk hurting the dominoes. Anyone have any ideas on how I could build a live trap to put in? I figure I could just set it in, then sort the roaches inside and put the ones I want back. Maybe something like a pitfall made of a water bottle, baited with fruit?
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    Bahhh Saturday and no package

    If they were packed well, they have a chance, especially if the seller sent them with some snack food. What species are they?
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    Non-roach bugs for domino setup?

    Alright, I'll forego the sand. I can probably get a more scrubby/desert look without sand anyway. There aren't very many domino roaches right now, so I think I'll let them multiply further before I try to introduce anything else. When I do, I think I'll try a handful of herbivorous darklings, they seem like a good bet.
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    substrate question

    Cypress repels insects, definitely don't use it. It's too coarse, anyway. Without knowing exactly what roaches you're getting, I'd recommend coco fiber. It's made from shredded coconut shells, and it's very soft, fine-grained, and good for a wide variety of burrowing insects. If you don't have it when your roaches come in, just give them some crumpled, lightly damp paper towels to hide under, that'll hold them over.
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    Non-roach bugs for domino setup?

    That's about what I was picturing. Sandy soil with more organic matter than straight sand, leaf litter piled into crevices, fairly hot and dry but not terribly so. We have that sort of environment in Texas, and a lot of bugs seem to do really well in it. Oh, I like the look of those guys, especially the Adesmia. Do they need a rotting piece of wood, or just a piece that's kept damp? Also, where would I potentially get some? What about desert millipedes? I don't think I'd be able to breed them, but they live a long time, so that's OK.
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    Gyna centurio (Centurion Roach)

    They're absolutely gorgeous! Is their care any different/more difficult than the other Gyna?
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    Oh, yeah, that stuff should be fine. I'm not sure about it as a solid substrate, I think it would be a bit difficult for larger ones to wriggle through without getting tangled, but a few dampened handfuls mixed into the substrate would help keep things nice and moist. Do NOT use peat. I'm not sure why, but it'll kill roaches if used as a substrate. I have my peppereds in coco fiber with pecan leaves over the top, and there's only two of them so far, but they seem to be doing well. It works great for my domino roach nymphs, too, they love it. They can burrow without problems, the coco fiber holds moisture well, and it looks natural. Probably cheaper than that much sphagnum, too.