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Marlon last won the day on May 20

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    Cybernetic remote controlled battery powered spy roaches. And cute fuzzy bunnies.

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  1. Marlon

    Worms came out of dead roach?

    I had that with a millipede too. I was wandering the jungle trails in Malaysia late one night and found a huge beautiful millipede on the trail. Forget which species. It only lived a day before worms started crawling out of it. I guess it was on the trail because it felt sick. That memory still disturbs me. Eaten alive...
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    Goodbye for now...

    Yah man, no doubt. When things are good we can afford some extra indulgences in hobbies, when things go south I kind of wonder what the heck I am doing. I think a lot has to do with dopamine. When you hit crisis time, the dopamine reward for something that was interesting, like a few new species, just doesn't show up (or not enough to make a dent in the void of dopamine that the crisis presents). Its not priority anyway, unless it happens to be your job. You're good at the hobby, have taught many others so that's and awesome experience. You can leave completely and come back later and I'm sure everyone will get you restarted with what ever you want C ya around bro! #RoachThugs4Life
  3. Marlon

    Anyone used Abound / Other food questions

    Bunny chow is a high (~14%) protein food but is clearly not a favorite. They eat a little but take forever. It goes faster if soaked in fruit juice. About the same with coffee grounds. I found ground pig food is a great choice; it is 15% protein and super cheap in 50lb bags; cheaper than rabbit and dog food. Feed it to and make bedding for meal and super worms too. And entirely vegetable based. The baby roaches of various kinds are eating it up. The adults prefer fresh veggies more. Best results with dubias I've had are to have ground pig chow to a powder and give with water crystals always available, with a variety of fruits, veggies, and various table scraps rotating through. Dried mango was a huge hit and doesn't readily go bad if you keep the bin dry enough and give water crystals (chopped up the mango and dried it in the fridge).
  4. Marlon

    Worms came out of dead roach?

    Had a sick dubia, picked it up, maggots started jumping ship. It was alarming and VERY disturbing as I was holding it. Figure out it was an injury and phorid flies had laid eggs on the roach and were eating it alive. cleaned out the bin and keep it drier now, no more problems. Might be what you got, its quite common to get them in the colony.
  5. Marlon

    American cockroaches as predators?

    What else will they hunt? Do they hunt B. germanica? That would be cool.
  6. After your post, I started watching my dubias. Sure enough, the babies are always hanging out around and in the pig chow which is 15% protein. With adults only the pig chow lasts a long time and instead they are always eating up fruits and vegetation. When I put in a bunch of babies the pig chow disappears quickly. Not exactly scientific but I do think I am seeing the same thing you are. I like pig chow because it is a lot cheaper than cat food. Unfortunately they've only eaten 1/8 of a pound, out of a 50lb bag... need more roaches!
  7. Marlon

    Cockroach milk ?

    Wow. Is there nothing people won't milk? What's gonna be next?
  8. Marlon

    Hisser/Dubia hybrids??

    @Hisserdude don't ruin our first chance to have genuine Dubissers !!! HISSBIA FANS UNITE! I vote we try to GMO them to glow in the dark too.
  9. Marlon

    Gyna caffrorum

    I was thinking about putting a loop of clear tape on each door edge to make a flexible gap filler it might work out ok. I haven't tried it yet though. wall _____ |_|(___ <door ^ that does not look how I wanted it to
  10. Marlon

    Jet black Gromphadorhina portentosa?

    I like my hissers like I take my coffee. Most of mine are this cultivar.
  11. Put a football game on TV and set out some cold beer?
  12. Marlon

    Easy lids

    I found a screen door in the trash last year. I used a jug and some rubber bands to cover the jug opening with the mesh. Not convenient but it held my dubias until I got a proper bin and found my glue gun. some old thin cloth can work too.
  13. Marlon

    An attractively absurd idea

  14. Amazing that they were able to recover after so long being down. That's a good lesson! They are beautiful. Really surprising story. Along those lines, I was humbled recently by one of my rabbits; she got in a bad fight and got torn up really bad. I could see exposed toe bones and a large section of thigh muscle. She lost a lot of fur and it was below freezing every night. Wound dripping with puss, I could see muscle tissue and tendon drying out due to contact with the winter air. Time to put her down. But, I didn't have time that moment and she was one of the prettiest little girls I've had, so I put her in a cage and she ate heartily. I thought she would succumb to infection, but to my surprise, over a period of 6 weeks, she's managed to make a miraculous recovery with no antibiotics. Animals (including roaches) are amazing.
  15. Marlon

    Coir precautions

    Hmmm. I think my twigs might have been in the peat now that I think about it. However some Amazon reviews also reported a stray twig and some sprouts. If I see another sprout maybe I'll replant it and see what it is. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MOD2HY