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  2. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah, they probably can be found under loose bark on dead trees and such, as well as objects lying on the ground. Not a lot of research has been done into their preffered wild microhabitats TBH... Interesting, well I'm glad they like the dry stuff then! Weird, I've seen a couple of non-burrowing Blaberid nymphs do that before, they'll hide under loose substrate if frightened... Probably, I mean they can climb glass as adults, so you might just find it climbing the walls of the enclosure one day! 😂 If the enclosure isn't too big you should be able to find it pretty easy I think, as they aren't burrowers, so it'll be on a hide somewhere... Pretty sure it'll be a similar ratio to other Blaberids, however you could still get unlucky and have a unisex group, you never know!
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  4. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Armadillidium granulatum Larger individuals Smaller individuals Mixed-size individuals
  5. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    What do they live on in the wild? The vertical hiding spots makes me think they'd probably like to hide under loose bark on trees. Or, I guess, in the sinus cavities of animal skulls. The apple has dried out, and they've had a go at it. At this point, I seriously think they just didn't know what to do with the juicy stuff. They're from a very dry island- a mountain range on the adjacent island blocks storms, so the climate on the island they came from is scrubby. It almost looks like savannah from overhead. There definitely wasn't any fruit growing anywhere near where I found them. They might not have had fruit in generations, depending on how far they tend to roam. One is hiding right under the top layer of the dirt. At least, I assume. I sprayed in a little water and a roach-sized patch of dirt moved around slightly like something was under it. Are the adults reasonably bold? I'm hoping I'll be able to find that one I put in my tesselata enclosure, once it hits adulthood. It being 17% of my stock and all. Does anyone know if these have a relatively even male/female ratio? I'm hoping they're not like Therea.
  6. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio hoffmannseggi Large individuals Small individuals Mixed-size individuals
  7. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Sounds good, should work well to heat them! Kyle from Roachcrossing hasn't been active in quite a while, and is very inconsistent in terms of customer service nowadays, several people claimed they paid him and never received anything in return, had to file PayPal claims to get their money back... Overall I doubt we'll be seeing a true return anytime soon, which is a shame, he used to be one of the best vendors in the US. 😕 Of course, but if you can breed them successfully, you'll definitely have some customers is all I'm saying! Yeah according to my friend, Rhyparobia like vertically slanted bark slabs stacked against each other quite a bit for hides, which kinda explains why yours are hiding there!
  8. Betta132

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Part of the issue is the gaps along the sides of the doors. Especially small roaches will definitely slip through those. Your kenyans might, for example. I don't think I'd use Therea. They only have about 1 female for every 8 males, so it's easy for all the females to get eaten. If you bred a ton of them elsewhere, that could work, but I don't think it's what you're looking for. Besides- you'd need a lot of nymphs underground at all times to have a population of visible adults, and I don't know that there's quite enough dirt to keep that many nymphs happy. How about banana roaches? You'd have to figure out a way to keep them contained, but they're definitely climbers, they're brightly colored, and they're prolific.
  9. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio sp. "Morocco" Large female Large male(s) Smaller individual(s) Mixed-size individuals
  10. All About Arthropods

    AAA's Swarm

    Porcellio spinicornis Gravid female Smaller individuals Mixed-size individuals
  11. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Yeah Therea species coupled with the assassins probably wouldn't fare too well. Once you get a large colony though you'll pretty much have adults most of the time, but the assassins are a concern. Gyna species burrow mainly, but will come to the surface. Mostly the adults, but I've seen larger nymphs out as well. Once you get a reasonable sized colony of those they'd be pretty active too. Deropeltis sp. Might work. They seem to climb more than burrow. I honestly haven't seen mine dig really honestly. They're usually at the surface. They stay together in groups it seems as well, as they're always clustered near one another. That's just how I've observed them though. Also yeah if you could cover the holes somehow it might work.
  12. Shinylarvitar97

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Great some heat should hopefully be beneficial to them once you get one. Just make sure it doesn't get too hot, but they should be ok. Yeah some species will eventually make it past. Some species are better at it than others. Kyle from roachcrossing is still around, but at the moment it's difficult to get in contact with him for a few reasons. He's got a lot going on unfortunately with his family and himself personally. Not sure if he'll ever be back completely. I don't know all the details. Maybe try messaging him on his personal Facebook. Some have gotten through to him I think. Not 100% certain though. It's unfortunate, but I'm sure he's going through alot.
  13. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Alright, I'll pick up a Zoomed cable, and I'll double-check the lid. They definitely haven't worn down the barrier yet! It's still nice and thick, and I made sure to get it in all the corners. Is the Roachcrossing guy just gone or something? I emailed him months ago and never heard back. Does anyone know if he's even alive? I'm not making any guarantees about sending anyone anything, since I can't guarantee these will breed (though they should), but I'll definitely make a thread on here when I have spares. I found where they're hiding! They all crammed themselves down into a little crevice of empty space between the dirt and the glass. They have cork bark to hide under, but I guess they prefer a vertical crevice. I'll build them some. I just saw a roach run across my floor and went to make sure it wasn't one of mine. Just a smoky brown nymph. I live in a very old house with a lot of crevices, the roaches are kind of unavoidable. It's too bad I can't vaseline the whole house to keep em out!
  14. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    ZooMed heat cables work great, at least that's the brand I use. Definitely make sure that their lid in on tight, because I've found Vaseline doesn't keep in 100% of climbing roaches, eventually they wear down the barrier and small nymphs can sometimes get past it. FYI, I think my buddy @Bmaines96 would love some when you've got an established colony, he has a single pair he got from Roachcrossing, but the female aborted her first ooth, hasn't reproduced since then... His R.sp. "Gold" are breeding well, but sadly there's no one else he can get more maderae from anymore.
  15. Arthroverts

    Arboreal Roaches?

    @Shinylarvitar97 I figured with the assassins, which is why I want something that reproduces quickly, like the Little Kenyans or Eublaberus. The cage has very tiny ventilation holes (about the size of a metal pin head, not the plastic pin heads) on the front, but they are mostly obscured by the moss. It also has the standard Zoo Med screen ventilation for the top lid. The problem with Therea, besides what you already said, is that they are so active they would become instant targets for the assassins. Coupled with their short longevity/slow breeding process, I can see them dying out pretty quick. I want something that you can see pretty regularly but also reproduces at such a rate that if 5-6 become meals every two weeks the colony wouldn't die out. Maybe a Deropeltis sp.? Or a Gyna sp.? Do they burrow much? Thanks, Arthroverts
  16. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Therea sp. adults would make excellent display roaches as well, but the nymphs burrow pretty much exclusively and don't think they'd fair well in higher humidity. the adults aren't particularly long lived either unfortunately.
  17. Shinylarvitar97

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Hissers may work, they seem to tolerate a fair range of humidity and temps so they be a viable option. Only concern would be them escaping. I know exo terra/zoo med like enclosures usually have some points where the small nymphs may be able to slip through. That's just my thoughts though. The other concern would be the Psytalla eating the roaches if they were large enough. I've seen mine take down considerably bigger prey. Don't want to dissuade you from stocking the tank with multiple species though as I believe it could work if you find the right species. The Kenyans would be a nice addition because of their size. Don't believe they'd mess with the other species too much, and with enough of them, they may act as a secondary food source for the assassins as well. Not alot of options i can think of at them moment unfortunately. Maybe Simandoa conserfarium. They can be a bit secretive though and stay down low under cork/wood pieces. I've seen them out and about, but only for feeding times and at night when I catch them off guard. Then there comes the dilemma with the zoo meds small gaps. I could see the nymphs slipping through too possibly. They're slippery little ones. Beautiful species though. The Eublaberus would work great, but yeah them digging/destroying the roots is a big concern and they primarily burrow. Bananas mainly dig too, and adults can fly and are pretty small as well. Hard choice. Maybe someone else can throw in some better advice/suggestions. Haven't made a multi species tank myself so my knowledge is limited.
  18. Arthroverts

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Here is what I am thinking of doing for this tank (a 12" by 12" by 18" tall Zoo Med front opening glass cage). Currently has a Pachira, Lemon Plant, and a Spider Plant growing in 3-4 inches of Reptisoil, with a drainage layer of clay balls; a large piece of cork is angled at the back against the glass. A thick layer of sphagnum moss covers the substrate with some rotting oak and Pachira leaves topping it off. I want to do 4-6 Pystalla horrida and get a small colony established, along with some Blaberidae sp. "Little Kenyans", along with the arboreal roach species (maybe a hisser species?) and some sort of isopod species. Maybe even a beetle than can take a high moisture level. Thanks, Arthroverts
  19. Arthroverts

    Arboreal Roaches?

    Hello all, I am looking for an active, easy-to-keep (and breed), terrestrial if not arboreal roach species to keep in a new multi species vivarium I am setting up. Any suggestions? I'd love to keep Eublaberus sp. or Panchlora sp. in the enclosure, but they burrow so much I think they might destroy the plant's roots. Thanks, Arthroverts
  20. Arthroverts

    Porcellio expansus

    So, do they need a corner of the enclosure moist and the rest dry or do they like the entire enclosure moist with good ventilation? Thanks, Arthroverts
  21. Allpet Roaches

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Congratulations on your find, hopefully you get a good culture going.
  22. Shinylarvitar97

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    It's good they seem to doing well so far. My "gold medals' grow fairly quick so if they are indeed Rhyparobia Maderae them they should as well. As for breeding they are pretty prolific. I had nymphs in maybe under 2 months once they reached maturity, but that may differ from individual to individual. Definitely heat them a little bit if possible. I Can't recommend a brand of heat cable, but I'm sure Hisserdude can. They'll tolerate room temps too, but for optimal growth/reproduction keeping them on the warmer side can help accelerate it. Also heating your other roaches may be beneficial as well. Maybe they'll eventually figure out the Apple is food haha!
  23. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Can anyone suggest a heat cable brand? I have some other critters I could also use it for. I haven't actually been heating my tesselata- the person I got them from didn't heat them either, and she lives pretty close to here. They don't seem to mind too much. They breed, and they're growing. I'll see if they do anything faster with a little warmth, but it might stay warmer in their enclosure than I think. I could run a little bit of the cable past this enclosure, then use the rest for my tesselata and craniifer. They can't get out, I don't think, they've been trying a bit. They settled down now that they have dirt and leaves to hide under. At least, I sincerely hope they're hiding and haven't somehow gotten out of an enclosure completely ringed with vaseline. They don't even seem to want to touch the vaseline, they smell it with their antennae and then walk away. I found a molt! The smallest one shed. That's a good sign, I think. They actually seem to prefer the bit of gluten-free pretzel over the apple slice I put in. I don't know why, except that maybe it's a little bit more familiar to them than the apple? There was no fruit anywhere around where I found them, just dry brush, so maybe they don't know what to do with juicy food. I'm leaving both things in so they can eat whatever they want, and I'll add protein later today. They've actually been coming out to look around despite the light. These could make for an interesting display if the adults tend to do that as well. I'll definitely give them a pig skull like they came in on if/when I have a big colony! Alright, this is a major case of "cart before the horse", but how fast do these breed once they hit adulthood? A couple people on a bug-keeping Discord server I'm in would also like some.
  24. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    LOL yeah Rhyparobia are some of the least handleable roaches in the hobby, I don't know about nymphs, but adults do have a bad smelling defensive secretion, they'll squeak at you when you attempt to hold them, and will even resort to ejecting poop if need be... So yeah, not really a hands on species, but nice to look at, and adults exhibit some paternal care towards their nymphs.
  25. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    I use a heat cable for my heating purposes, works well and never gets too hot, just run it under a quarter or half of the enclosure, and you should be set... Of course, getting a whole heat cable MIGHT be overkill for one little tank, but it'll come in handy the more roaches you get, (few species in the hobby will breed at 60F°).
  26. Shinylarvitar97

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah try to find the 6th one if possible. Hopefully it's still hanging around in there. Yeah they can be a little tough to handle, adults especially will do all they can to get away haha! definitely not the most handleable roaches, but I've held them before Once they calm down. If they have plenty of hides they shouldn't dart around too much hopefully. They can be very active, especially when feeding. The Vaseline should help contain them. The 2.5 gallon should work great for them now, just make sure they can't escape anywhere. Also yes they do give off a defensive odor, but I think only the adults do, but i may be wrong. Not sure if the smaller nymphs do, but maybe the larger ones do use it as well. Never tested it. It's crazy how some species can survive a lot of abuse, but eventually it may get the best of them. These guys definelty seem hardy as hell so hope they grow fast and well! Yeah maybe there was something they were nibbling on in the skulls. Alot of roaches can go a fair amount of time with no food, but thankfully these guys seemed to make it out alive and healthy. These guys have fluttered small distances with me, but have not full blown taken off like banana roaches or gyna sp. So not positive they wouldn't be able to. They're jumpers for sure though haha and quick! Also yeah you're going to have to supplement heat somehow. My roach/invert room gets about mid 60's at night as well, and everyone seems fine overnight, but probably wouldn't be wise to keep them at those temps constantly. I use flexwatt heat tape hooked up to my roach bin shelves, but I have multiple species per shelf, so maybe it would be easier to just buy a small heat mat from a pet store and put it beneath or on the side of the 2.5 gallon. Only concern is they get REALLY hot. Too hot. Maybe if you hooked it up to a thermostat, but I think thats too much work for just one single container. Maybe get a heating pad at Wal-Mart or target and put it on a low setting. I used those for my dubia roaches when I was getting into bugs and they worked ok, but I know they're not intended for that specific use so there may be safety concerns. How are you heating your tesselata?
  27. Betta132

    Favorite leaf litter for Blaberus/Archimandrita?

    If you can get them, both would be great. It's a nice mix of textures, both for them to hide in and for visual punctuation. If you can only get one, I'd say probably the oak leaves- roaches seem to find them a bit more palatable.
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