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How do your roaches get moisture?

How do your roaches get moisture?   22 members have voted

  1. 1. How do your roaches get moisture?

    • Water Crystals
      10
    • Misting
      7
    • Fresh Fruit/Vegetables
      13
    • Varies week by week
      3
    • Other (please post)
      3

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Crystals or Fresh Fruits/Veggies.. usually I have both offered, as I need something to do with the scraps my herps don't eat and the roaches are never picky

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It depends on the number of roaches in the colony and what kind of container they are kept in. Ventilation plays a role in how often the habitat requires misting, in combination with temperature. In my large 50 gallon hisser aquarium, I lightly mist the roaches and also use a shallow water dish (currently a deli cup lid, upside down). I refill it every other day or so. I'm careful not to mist the substrate or dry pet food too much. I imagine many get their liquids from the fruits and veggies I put in. Roaches with a hard cuticle seem to be more resistant to drying out.

In small tupperware bins I use, I have very few holes for ventilation and only mist when the substrate seems bone dry. I imagine these roaches maintain their hydration through the lack of ventiliation in combination with the fruits and veggies.

Peter

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For my B. Giganteus I mist their cage once a day, keep a very shallow water dish inside, and give them lots of fresh fruits and veggies. They drink from the dish more than drinking droplets from the cage walls.

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To supply water to my roaches (and crickets) I fill a babyfood jar with water and cover it with a larger jar lid lined with several layers of paper towel. Then I turn the whole thing upside down and it functions like a mini-chicken waterer. The roaches drink the water from the wet paper towel which stays wet until all of the water is gone.

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I use calcium crystals, mistings, and shallow water bowls. *Never found a drown'd baby hisser to date*

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To supply water to my roaches (and crickets) I fill a babyfood jar with water and cover it with a larger jar lid lined with several layers of paper towel. Then I turn the whole thing upside down and it functions like a mini-chicken waterer. The roaches drink the water from the wet paper towel which stays wet until all of the water is gone.

That is really neat. I like that idea.

For my soon to be roaches, I plan to use water crystals. I ordered a load of water crystals, because I was wanting to use them in the barn to keep down dust(as claimed by Ramm Fence Co.). I hope it works for both the roaches and the dust.

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I just use a dampened sponge. A large piece that is about 3" x 2" x 1" or so. I keep it wet as possible. Occasionally, I mist the substrate.

I really like the "psuedo chicken-waterer" idea. That would be very handy on the weekends and holidays. Oh yeah, keeping the roaches is part of my job!

Tina :D

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misting + fresh vegetables. In certain tanks i have a dish that i'll fill with water, but not often as it creates too much moisture, plus i don't want to risk drowning the young.

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