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  1. Marlon

    Hisser health

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    roach racks

    I had missed this post, glad you brought it up. I party with my bugs too, but just the black soldier fly larvae and superworms I share beer with. Now that I know the roaches are down, I might buy them a round too. That's a nice link for shelving parts. I got similar full shelves on ebay for a great price and some heavy duty shelves on Craigslist. I use them for "giant rabbit" cages. The roaches are on on pegboard wooden shelves (so very adjustable) with harbor freight foam anti-fatigue mats down first for nice looking insulation, then a waterproof heating pad, so less heat is lost to the bottom of the mat or dissipated into the shelf. You could do similar with the wire shelves with an insulative bottom, perhaps some kind of foam or wooden board. I'm almost done with my closet setup and I'll post pics soon. For the hissers and dubias who I worry less about escapes (except babies), I prefer the side vents. That lets me stack them if I need to when moving them around and keeps the heat in better. For others that want substrate, I like the top vent. Turkestan, I feel safer with a top vent.
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    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
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    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).
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    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.
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    American cockroaches as predators?

    What else will they hunt? Do they hunt B. germanica? That would be cool.
  8. 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!
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    Cockroach milk ?

    Wow. Is there nothing people won't milk? What's gonna be next?
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    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.
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    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
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    Jet black Gromphadorhina portentosa?

    I like my hissers like I take my coffee. Most of mine are this cultivar.
  13. Put a football game on TV and set out some cold beer?
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    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.
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    An attractively absurd idea

  16. 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.
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    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
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    Coir precautions

    I got the 10lb block on Amazon (made in India) and use a saw to cut small chunks off. It expands because it is mechanically compressed for shipment, but it doesn't shrink that much when it dries. Like those little towels for children that come compressed into some entertaining shape, but add water and it turns into a regular cheap hand towel. For some reason I feel the compulsion to add sphagnum peat to it. Mine has a few small twigs and weed seeds in it, no big deal.
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    Watch out for that larval stage!

    To be fair, I have seen homes in India that hissers could live in. I am curious about those dreaded diseases though, I'd like to know which ones! Also, think about the mentality of some of their potential customers; my step sister moved into a home that had spiders... exterminator convinced her that because her house was at the bottom of the hill, the rain washed all the spiders downhill and that's why they infest her house, so she decided they had to get a different house. She also thought her dirty younger (mentally challenged) brother should be avoided because he might have "bacteria". Her father concluded "My daughter is an idiot". I assume they get idiots contacting them all the time declaring all kinds of nonsense. So, how do we have fun with them?
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    Good leafery

    Pyrethrin half-life in soil is usually measured in days; if it stays dry (away from microbes) it can last a lot longer. Diazinon in weeks. Neonicotinoids, however, may last for years in soil, and DDT is still out there. There are many kinds that have been used but most of the time its those first two. Some pesticides do have residuals so repeated low amounts can theoretically do harm. Personally i don't worry much unless it is from a well tended immaculate lawn, or near a non-organic farm. I know my yard has been pesticide free for 5 years, and I can tell the worst thing the neighbors use is a flea collar.
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    Are we keeping dung beetles?

    Actually for a while I've been contemplating feeding some of them rabbit dung. (The roaches, not the kids) I've found BSFL and superworms will eat it readily if it is fresh / damp. The BSFL relish it soaked in stale beer. And of course, various other flies and beetles live on it in their larval stage no problem so its gotta be good; some dogs eat it too. I am also considering growing portabello mushrooms in the stuff; those are normally grown in manure. Supposedly at least some of the fly larvae make the waste safer by consuming it. My wife just made the point that some of her Chinese coworkers won't eat catfish or crayfish because they are poop eaters. But chickens may also peck through poop, and you are eating the meat, not the stuff they ate to make the meat, so what is the problem? (surprisingly logical for her) That's not that I am commenting either way on anyone here frenching their roaches. Love is love. But if you take it farther than that, please, no pics! At least not here. Or at least post a warning first.
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    Are we keeping dung beetles?

    My daughter is still in diapers. My youngest son gets constipated with short bouts of surprise diarrhea. I have a 17 year old dog that can't go outside anymore and goes on pee-pads, then sometimes steps in it and walks around the house. I have 20 rabbits in the back yard that make bunny berries all day long (easily 10 lbs a day), and its below freezing most nights so it doesn't break down in winter, and in summer it hatches tens of thousands of flies that go everywhere. Every morning the rabbits eat some of their own poop to keep their intestinal flora healthy. And now that it is cold, mice keep invading the house leaving little rice sized black and brown gifts for us. My older kids keep leaving leftover food and dishes everywhere around the house, which of course the mice eat. And BTW, I do have bats in the rabbitat in the summer. What "dirtiness" are you talking about?
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    Mites from outside, help!

    I thought the reddish mites were normally the ones that go hunting for other mites..
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    New blood

    It is quite interesting; I would think a geneticist would be able to spew all kinds of interesting facts about the subject that I wouldn't understand. People are theorizing that the bedbug explosion is in-part due to the ability to inbreed. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111206115049.htm Found an old post where Matt K makes some assertions I have breeding rabbits for about a while. Inbreeding, or a lesser severity of inbreeding, called line breeding, has been happening with domestic animals for hundreds or even thousands of years. On the surface it doesn't seem to be as bad as I was lead to believe when I was younger. Even with wild rabbits and other animals, father-daughter breeding has quite common for probably millions of years. Now, if you try to graph the inbreeding, assuming an inbreeding coefficient of 1 is brother - sister, studies showed that within 8 to 10 generations of mice the bottleneck was dropping fertility. Note that brother and sister, while they share many genes, are still getting a different mix of the parent's genes so it takes multiple generations of brother-sister to approach a homozygous population. I think this is probably not happening a lot in multiple consecutive generations in our roach buckets so there is still a pool and some competition within the buckets, perhaps not a very diverse one but there is still some variability. And according to many opinions, I guess it may not matter much even if it did.