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  1. Thank you for your suggestions, stanislas The pet store has corkbark in different sizes as well, but I read somewhere that corkbark can have harmful/lethal effects on insects, so I did stay clear of it till now. But if it's non-harming I think I will try that as well
  2. Thanks for your reply, Hisserdude Oh dear, I don't wanna stress out my poor babies...Springtails it is then! I'll see if I can get them somewhere. Do you have a specific kind of springtail in mind (and maybe the scientific name)? As for how the mites look. Well, they are tiny but can be seen without any gear. There are tinier ones that are white and bigger ones that lean towards an off-white, sometimes nude-ish color.
  3. Good evening I am in the process of setting up a new box for my Archimandritas and... I am quite embarrassed to say... noticed that I apparently got mites in their current box. The mites are mostly in their food bowl, sitting in the dry food. This angers me, as I tried a lot of tricks to keep the mites away (Only little meals for both wet food and dry food, clean the food out quickly, keep the food away from the corner I spray, etc.). It sucks :/ I read the lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus) is a good help against mites. Does anybody know how they like their substrate? I spray a single corner of my Archimandritas' box every so often but if the lesser mealworm needs super wet or really dry substrate, it wouldn't really work out. Also, what to do with the beetles I don't need (I have no animal I can feed them to)? Another question regarding mites. I read in an archived German forum that one can carefully 'wash' their roaches before setting them over, as to not bring the mites with them into the new box. Is this a useful procedure? I imagine it would stress the poor darlings quite a bit. Thanks in advance (and sorry for the stupid questions)
  4. Adding up on the topic of woods in the bins... I was at the animal supply store today and checked out if and what kind of wood they had. They had these bridges of hazel sticks (for rodents) as well as pieces of mangrove and something calles "Fingerwood". Do you think these are suitable for Archimandritas? Or do they harbor any poisonous substances I should know of and stay away from?
  5. No worries They are in a 12 gallon bin, it's 56 x 39 x 28 (cm) in size, so I have room to build up in their new bin (which is the same size). I actually noticed that even my adults like to hide in the substrate a lot, while they do have several climbing spots available (as of right now it's large flower pots, but I want to switch to/ add stones and maybe branches... depending on if I find any suitable ones). You helped a lot, thanks
  6. Hey you guys (Sorry for so many newbie questions) I am in the process of setting up a new enclosure for my A. tesselatas, as their old box needs cleaning. I read in seceral places that some people go out and just grab a bag full of leafs and some wood (oak was recommended) from parks or forests). That sounds like a neat idea! My question: How would you handle the wood and leafs to kill off possible pests? I read of bathing the stuff in hot water or putting it into the oven (how much temp. and how long?). Thanks in advance
  7. First of all thank you for your replies, you two @lovebugfarm I am more trying to keep the males from inconveniencing each other so much they cannot get around properly anymore (i.e. biting off each others legs). My colony is not that big yet (plus I had two fatalities in the female department), I still have more females than males but nowhere near your proportions I didn't know males matured faster... but it makes sense. You learn something new every day I hope my near-adult females pull through and take out the tension a bit. Plus, I guess general rivalry is normal, I just hope it won't be non-stop fighting. @Allpet Roaches That is good to know and hopefully something I can look foward to in the future. Maybe I am also blowing things out of proportion, since I am still a newbie concering keeping roaches as pets Once again, thank you~
  8. That's good to hear I hope he makes it till then, he had a bit of trouble getting around and to the food bowl (I might have to help him and feed him baby food).
  9. Good evening Today after coming home from uni, I found that one nymph has apparently taken quite the beating. He had lost his left front foot shortly after his last molt already and now lost the tibia and tarsus of another leg on his left side. My question: Can roaches regenerate limbs with a new molt? If so, can they do it for several limbs at once? Thanks for your help
  10. I am afraid so I have to check again when he's hardened and not so super skittish anymore. I hope I can put him in with the other 'newer' male without any fighting going on (there's no female in my other box).
  11. Good day One of my nymph of A. tesselata just molted into adulthood. The thing is, I thought all my almost-adult nymphs were female, but the shed skin heavily implies it was actually a male that molted. I had to separate my other two males recently... so my question is: Would an all-male colony be peaceful? And are they only aggressive if females are part of a colony? It'd be great if that was possible, as I am running out of boxes to keep them all in separately. There'd be only two males in said colony for now Thanks for your help
  12. Aaaand while I was typing and uploading the other photo, she squeezed herself out of her old skin completely. Here she is, in all of her white glory. If I find her again when she's colored in, I'll post another pic Edit: Looking at the shed skin, I think this is actually a male - Oh lord
  13. Hey guys As I woke up one hour ago today, I saw something amazing! One of my older A. tesselata nymphs was in the process of doing its final molt! Ahe (I think...) is still in the old skin with part of her abdomen.
  14. Ok, if they generally do that I feel relieved. Ah well, I am happy she got rid of the thing instead of carrying it around as a potential health risk If she's concluded the circumstances as good for an ootheca once, I am sure she'll do it again
  15. Thank you for your reply, stanislas I, too, have several lookout places. The old male uses them a lot, I hadn't seen the new male use them yet. The younger male does indeed keep a low profile. Before last night, it remained hidden in the substrate at most times. I think they clashed when the younger male went to eat, since they were right in the food bowl when I separated them... Maybe I'll try to reunite the group later again... I'll keep you updated