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  1. So after many months I start to see tiny white balls in my coco fiber. I’m assuming it’s a fungus. I never have seen it in my pantanals but everything else gets it. They clearly avoid those areas. Anything to be done or does that mean the fiber is ready to be changed?
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    Female Lateralis that can climb smooth plastic

    Interesting. I have seen my smaller ones use water droplets like a rock climber. As well as climb a dirty container wall. Crazy bugs.
  3. So is there anything new out there on the horizon? Any new types of inverts getting ready to make a splash? Any positive changes to restrictions? I’ve been keeping inverts since 2015 and I am wanting to see what’s out there. I have 6 roach species. Roaches are fantastic. I have had three millipede species and find them difficult to keep the colony going. I’ve had centipedes and find them boring. I have had about 7 species of tarantulas and find them boring 99% of the time. Isopods are just meh. I have one scorpion and he’s ok I just wouldn’t want anymore. Reproducible, able to observe most of the animals behaviors. and preferably a predator. These are the qualities I am looking for. Would mantids and Hemiptera fit these qualifications? Suggestions please. Matt
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    Hemiptera are on top my list then. I am interested in predators due to my roach population. I better research those beetles now. Thanks.
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    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    So I have read that fungus gnats are not uncommon with millipedes but man I’m killing a dozen wat day. Any suggestions? I have them (bumblebees) in a 2.5 gallon, several inches of coco fiber, dead oak leaves, decaying maple wood chunks, and a bit of sand.
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    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    I finally eradicated the majority of my fungus gnats. The secret was a unintended stow-a-way. I started finding dwarf striped Isopods in the millipedes tank. As the isopod numbers increased the fungus gnats decreased. Of course so did the Millipedes. As of today there are no fungus gnats or millipedes. But I have colonies of the Isopods in my mourning gecko, African common toad and Blaberus tanks. Oh and also all the containers that sat under the shelf containing the original Isopods. They get around.
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    Help me identify these nymphs please !

    I can’t get that link to work sorry.
  8. I have noticed that the larger the population the better roaches seem to do. I’m wondering if this is what you are seeing in this situation? Sort of have a “foster” colony giving them a jump start.
  9. I had coco fiber in my Ben and they weren’t hatching. So I removed it and covered the screen lid with a piece of plexi glass and mist when there is no condinsation. It seems a bit stale but I have fast growing babies by the hundreds. If not a thousand.
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    Gyna caffrorum

    Mine just started maturing a week ago. Now I mist the zoomed bugarium ands it’s an explosion of adults. It’s a race to shut the lid too lol.
  11. They are hard to sort. Super fast little buggers. I lift up the egg carton, stick a deli cup underneath and tap the carton. This normally knocks small ones down into the cup and leaves the adults. I keep mine on top of a 29 gallon tank with a screen lid housing my Blaberus fusca taking in the heat radiating from their heat lamp. I have found a few nymphs in the tank. I am sure the result of some that fell out during my first attempts at trying to sort.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I cannot believe how huge these are! This guy is bigger than my Eublaberus “pantanal” and my Blaberus fusca.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    Really!? Mine are kept at room temperature at this time. 76 during the day 72 at night.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I finally have my first adult. It’s really dark on the wings.
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    Goodbye for now...

    Set up some lovely display tanks for your favorites and take it easy. It’s hard to enjoy something in cloudy Rubbermaid containers.
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    Goodbye for now...

    I raised pigeons for a decade and came to the same place. The joy of keeping them left. The thought of having them was more exciting than actually having them.
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    Kyle getting back into business

    He’s been posting a lot on Facebook recently.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I received 6 in December from Orin. I think the largest was maybe 1.5 inches. I’d say that guy is 3 inches.
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    At what point should you get Lateralis?

    I have had mine since December. So far I have only fed off males and a few nymphs. But for tarantulas and slings they are perfect. I keep mine in a hefty bin with egg cartons. It took me while to get the right humidity and temperature gradient. Now I have hundreds of nymphs. My adults are dwindling. But it appears their lifespan is months. I place a deli cup in the bottom on the bin and try to brush off feeders with a large paintbrush. Mine appear to ear carrots more than anything else.
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    I only use lights for heat sources. I do however use actual red heat bulbs. They will swarm under the lamp. I have used normal incandescent bulbs when the reds blew and the adults will get used to the brightness.
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    First grain mites woohoo.

    So my pile of oats in the corner of my red runner bin looked weird. I looked down at it and it was churning. Thousands of grain mites had turned yesterday’s oats into crumbles. I had them on coco fiber with oak leaves and bark. But now it’s boring egg cartons sigh.
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    Termite Problem

    Since your in Georgia I would assume they will be using liquid or baiting. Neither will be a problem. If they tented (fumigation) it would be a problem for everything living. I live in Kentucky and we only have subterranean termites so tenting doesn’t go one here.
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    First grain mites woohoo.

    Man they were crazy. It’s the first time I have had them in my two plus years of roach keeping. These red runners have been a challenge. First they were too dry, so I bumped the humidity and the babies came. Of course so did the grain mites. It seems there is a delicate balance in some species between heat, humidity and failure.
  24. So I keep finding empty ootheca that have been clearly eaten or gone all together. They have plenty of food at all times. Fish flakes, oats, potato flakes, cat food and dog biscuits. Fresh veggies and fruits given a few times a week. Kept on a thin layer of coco fiber with bark and dead oak leaves. Suggestions?
  25. I have now acquired a small start of Archimandrita tesselata. These are going into a 40 gallon long aquarium. My goal is to create an accurate as possible display vivarium. If anyone has any ideas feel free to elaborate. I’m looking for all information regarding; native plant species, habitat info, first hand in the field info. Considering live plants would be eaten I plan to buy high quality artificial. I am also beginning a driftwood hunt. I think it would be awesome to find a hollow stump or log to trim to fit. I will probably choose Costa Rico as the habitat to reproduce. Have any of you used sphagnum moss (the green mossy kind not the substrate kind) with roaches?