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  1. Bmaines96

    Hemiblabera tenebricosa care tips

    How often do you offer protein based food @Axolotl? With my colonies I offer it around the clock and that plus the extra heat sort of "power feeds" them into growing faster I also keep my roach room pitch black other than the few hours a week I'm working in there so they are very undisturbed and can eat more often and exert less energy to running away. But I've noticed with some colonies/species they just tend to grow slower than others and who knows exactly why lol.
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    Hemiblabera tenebricosa care tips

    Yes they smell down right wretched, kind of a sour vinegar like stank that lingers for quite some time. With burrowing roaches they also give you a "warning" that conditions in the substrate are non favorable as you'll open the bin to find every single one on the surface trying to get away from said foul substrate.
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    Hemiblabera tenebricosa care tips

    Anaerobic conditions are caused by the substrate compacting and not allowing airflow to the deeper. Well made substrate can easily go anaerobic trust me, had a 50 gallon bin of the stuff go off and it reeked. I've also had bins go anaerobic even with actively burrowing roaches turning the soil. for sterilizing leaves I either boil them or bake then at 250 degrees F for 30-40 minutes
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    Hemiblabera tenebricosa care tips

    I've had these guys a few times and just recently got another colony of them as well! So I should be able to give you some good tips on them 1.)they aren't that picky about foods so whatever you feed other roaches will work fine for them 2.)your substrate is fine however I'd recommend adding some coco chunks/mulch to avoid the substrate going anaerobic and stinking to high hell, moist substrate is preferred but they can handle the top inch or so drying out. 3.) make sure you sterilize leaves/compost as you don't want to introduce bad molds/mites etc. 4.)they actually don't care at all about temps and they are one of the few roach species that will breed well below room temp, I've had females pop babies out when kept between 60-65 degrees! Obviously though the warmer you keep them the faster they will grow. 4.)I'm not sure on exact timeframes of their lifespan at room temp as my roach room is a constant 86 degrees but I've had half grown nymphs mature in a month at that temp. Adult males seem to live 4-6 months and females seem to live about 6-8 months. hope this helps!
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    The ultimate roach display has begun

    There is another product known as "gnatrol" that I use in my greenhouse to keep fungus gnats away. It's basically a purer and cheaper form of the mosquito dunks. It's also fully soluble in water. I've used it on a few roaches species before and it doesn't seem to affect them but it does kill springtails and isopods so I'm sure if there's any leaves:wood in the enclosure that the roaches primarily consume it may cause some issues.
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    Telling differnt hisser species nymphs apart

    Sorry to resurrect this thread but hisser nymphs are serious escape artists and with most airtight containers of you allow the nymphs Togo without food long enough till they are skinny they can indeed squeeze their way under the foam seal. a product I'm currently testing that so far works waaaay better than Vaseline and is vastly cheaper than fluon is silicone "personal" lubricant applied very thinly using a cotton ball similiar to how ant keepers apply talcum powder as a barrier. So far it's stopped some of my fastest and best climbing ectobiids dead in their tracks without causing any harm to the tiniest of nymphs. While I still need to test on a species with even smaller nymphs as it does trap fungus gnats occasionally it seems to be working pretty fantastically and I'll never use Vaseline again(:
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