Bufo Bill

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    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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    Natural history, photography, antiques, music (I play the banjo and make Cigar box Guitars).

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  1. Hi, thanks for the input, that means a lot. I use LEDs myself, I find the dawn/dusk/variable light very convenient. I use a TMC brand Ultima 1500 Growbeam Tile, along with one of their controllers. They are designed for aquariums, but the light is so convenient I bought one for this little display vivarium. I would love to see some of your set ups, perhaps in another thread as we are a little way from the OP's question. Thanks again from Bill.
  2. Hi, this is a wonderful idea, I love it. If you can set the thermostat that heats your home, you can operate a timer for your lighting no trouble. Also, online alpine plant nurseries can provide very useful miniature plants that will flower for you under T5 lighting. Heres a couple of different layouts where I have used Alpines. This Vivarium houses Loboptera decipiens cockroaches and measures 8 inches X 8 inches X 8inches. Hope this helps. All the best from Bill
  3. The "Montenegro" appellation is just the location that the stock was originally taken from. The fact that werneri is used may mean this is a local variant of A. werneri, while the stock known simply as A "Montenegro" haven't been identified to species level yet. This often means that they are undescribed species or species never found in that locality before. This happens a lot with inverts. Mall the best from Bill.
  4. Could Calcium be an issue? I think I remember reading something on this species elsewhere, and that idea came up. Hope this helps. Bill.
  5. Daniel, I have just started feeding my Isopods a mix of brown rice flour, Spirulina powder and Brewers yeast. All should be available from an online health food store, although this is not a low cost option here in the UK, if you are Stateside it may be a little cheaper. The ISO's seem to enjoy this diet so far, and it is also going down well with my Springtails. Regards from Bill.
  6. Can't say for the box elder but I don't think maple and mulberry are toxic.
  7. Hi, I have had luck with most of my colonies as far as feeding leaves goes, but the wood needs to be very well rotted if roaches are to feed on it. Not all species need it but those that do will benefit from rotting fallen leaves added to the substrate, not fresh or dried leaves plucked from a living tree in springtime. Apologies if this is not what you were asking, it may help myself and other posters to know what species you want the leaves and wood for. All the best from Bill.
  8. 50% with occasional spraying and fruit or veg on offer permanently. The larger ones in particular like to hang of branches during ecdysis like mantids. Cereal/grain products help too. Hope this helps All the best from Bill.
  9. Thanks for clearing that up. All the best from Bill.
  10. How are you rearing them now 'Dude? Never done well long term with these myself. All the best from Bill.
  11. I had some of these a few years back. Bomb-proof is the word I went from 6 to 100+ in a single generation. They do well with twigs to climb too. Mall the best from Bill.
  12. Little cuties!😀
  13. Heh heh . . . You buy a few roaches one day, then three months down the line your house is full of deli tubs, zip lock boxes etc . . . Every trip to the woods you see what's there to procure for those Polyphaga nymphs. Welcome to the club. All the best from Bill.
  14. Thinking about it a bit more, I have had inverts that require regular clean outs or freshening up. They just seemed to have a lower tolerance, whether towards pathogens or nitrates I never really determined. Never had that bother with roaches before though. Maybe they don't like stagnant air? A few more vents may be an idea? Just putting a couple of ideas out there, use your own discretion, obviously. Regards from Bill.
  15. Sorry to hear that. I can't offer specific advice, but when things are looking bad, a good clean out or rehousing is the best way to start. You get a good look at the roaches and if you are lucky find out things that could not be noticed simply by eyeing the container. So you did the right thing, anyway. Hope things improve, you're a great keeper, you'll get it sorted soon I am sure. All the best from Bill.