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  2. Axolotl

    Which species?

    I recommend Blaberus giganteus. They're about 3.5"-4" long. Very impressive species, and they hang out on vertical bark so they make a great display species. Also one of the only species that readily accepts meat as they evolved to clean up guano and dead bats. I give mine canned cat füd, cooked chicken or raw hamburger once a month and they go insane.
  3. I have a thriving colony that produces more than I can keep up with. Currently keeping them at 27 C with weekly mistings. I also keep one corner of their 10 gallon tank moist at all times. Try banana and oranges. They love fruit. I also feed mine organic, pesticide/herbicide free maple leaves. They go through a small branch worth every few days.
  4. As the title states, I'm wondering about the current best names for two species. I've seen each listed several ways. Which is most correct -- or do we have full species names now for either one? Giant Green Banana Roaches: Panchlora sp. "Giant" or Panchlora exoleta or Panchlora cf. exoleta? Gold Medal Roaches: Rhyparobia sp. "Malaysia" or Rhyparobia sp. "Gold Medal" or Rhyparobia cf. capelloi? Thanks for helping me make sense of this!
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  6. Allpet Roaches

    Blaberus giganteus as feeders

    They can do pretty well, just not enough to spare too many.
  7. Cuttlefish bone is just a safety measure, as isopod colonies without it can end up eating eachother, their own offspring, or worst case nibble on your roaches and ooths. My motto is to better be safe than sorry, especially with clean up crews. Some isopods breed so fast you wouldn't even notice if they actually were eating eachother, but in a bioactive set up you will notice the impact much more. Plenty of frog keepers used Porcellio scaber and noticed that eggs went missing. You need to be careful with what you put into your tank. Betta is right, and Porcellio species in general are more protein hungry and fast breeding than others. Armadillidium are a better option as they are more mellow, slower breeding and not too big on protein, especially the fancy species. I've heard mixed experiences with dwarf whites, but generally dwarf and pygmy species stay in the substrate and don't bother the roaches as much either.
  8. They do have plenty of space. However, I keep them in a fairly dry environment.
  9. While it may not be the wisest choice for feeders, I decided to breed Blaberus giganteus to use as ‘pets’/feeders. I know that there are better options out there, but this is a species that I’m quite fascinated by and I don’t have a big collection that demands a large amount of feeders. I also am not in any pressure to start using them as feeders. It started last year when I acquired about 50 or so nymphs. I had a lot of fun growing them up and they started to put on some size, then I was presented with the opportunity to do a trade for something I really wanted. The colony shrunk to 4 nymphs with the brightest cherry red wingbuds. I am hoping that this is a trait that can be passed down to their offspring. After examining the abdomen segments I knew that there were at least a male and a female in there, so I was hopeful. Two males matured out within a week of each other and they immediately fought until one of them was dead. I wasn’t entirely surprised though. I think I should have separated them as the slightly better looking one was the one that didn’t survive. I got a female next and what’s interesting is that the last remaining nymph did two consecutive moults within about 10 days and is now an adult female as well. I am noticing that they don’t really eat that much as adults, I raised them on fruits and kibble. They don’t seem to touch the kibble at all anymore and what’s being eaten is far less than when they were nymphs. 1.2 may not be the best way to start a breeder colony but I’m excited to see how this turns out.
  10. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    Hey y'all, on second thought, if you want to show up at 10:00 and go in together, that is fine, but if not, I should be there for about 2 hours, so you can just try and find me! LOL, good luck! Thanks, Jessiah
  11. Hisserdude

    Herniated incubation bag

    That's good, hopefully you get some offspring from them soon!
  12. Zgrybl

    Herniated incubation bag

    Yes, i have 4 males and 4 females.
  13. Hisserdude

    Mold on cork bark?

    Yeah, most people just find them in their enclosures one day lol! I'd definitely add them to your roach enclosures, as they don't stress them out at all, and help keep things a bit cleaner.
  14. Hisserdude

    Herniated incubation bag

    Well good luck, hopefully she recovers, do you have other females?
  15. Hisserdude

    Which species?

    Yeah, definitely doesn't hurt to add leaves, as they may need at least a small amount in their diets, but all of my Corydiids' favorite foods have been dog food/chick feed.
  16. Longhorn1234

    Isopods slowly dying off

    Oniscidea is the suborder I believe. Is that all it said? They normally tell you what species they are.
  17. Jimbobtom

    Mold on cork bark?

    These actually showed up in my snail bin out of nowhere, they must be the ones you're talking about. They seemed to do just enough cleaning while not seeming to bother the snails any. Which is nice with how messy they can be, but also sensitive to stress from cleaners running around.
  18. Zgrybl

    Herniated incubation bag

    I didn't know what to do, so I acted. I very carefully returned incubation bag to her abdomen. She lives yet, I will continue to observe her.
  19. All About Arthropods

    Which species?

    From what I've seen, it's likely more important to other Corydiids as well and my P.saussurei have basically survived and reproduced solely on it since my leaves seem to have not been at an appropriate level of decay.
  20. Hisserdude

    Which species?

    Actually it appears that a protein based food like dog food is even more important to their diet than decaying leaves, and they certainly grow faster with it in their diet... Heck according to @Cariblatta lutea dead leaves may not even be neccesary in their diet! So I definitely wouldn't say you can chuck them in with some dead leaves and expect them to survive or grow well with little to no supplemental foods...
  21. Hisserdude

    Herniated incubation bag

    Looks like she's had a prolapse, one this bad is normally fatal, even if not she certainly won't reproduce again... Anything you could do would probably make it worse, honestly it might just be best to euthanize her...
  22. Hisserdude

    Anisolampra panfilovi

    Odd, but yeah just keep them very humid and warm, with lots of bark and leaf litter, feed them lots of fruits, and they will probably breed pretty well... Don't try to keep them in a "semi-aquatic" enclosure!
  23. MomLife

    Isopods slowly dying off

    I am almost positive that they were organic. But that is a good thing to remember
  24. MomLife

    Isopods slowly dying off

    Oniscidea is what it said
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  26. Betta132

    Anisolampra panfilovi

    Weird that he wouldn't want to at least tell you how to keep them alive, if not give away the 'trade secret' of breeding them.
  27. Zgrybl

    Anisolampra panfilovi

    In Czech republic is only one generally known expert and breeder of cockroaches. From him. He probably imported, I´m not sure. But he told me: "Very damp, I won't say anything more " He breed this species in two box, but only in one did they breed. He doesn't know why. He is the only one to breed them.
  28. And don't ever use P. ornatus! People feed them live (but crippled) roaches sometimes, they're extremely protein-hungry and would no doubt devour any roach that molted where they could reach. I'd be wary of using them as cleaners with reptiles, let alone things near their size. Armadillidium species should work out okay. They're a bit slower to breed, they don't have much interest in protein that can avoid them, and they don't tend to burrow. I have A. vulgare in with my domino roaches (accidental introduction), and that doesn't seem to cause any problems, though I do occasionally trap extras out. Since isopods can't climb, they're really easy to thin out. Just bury a deli cup up to its rim in the substrate, put food and a damp substance in the bottom, and cover it loosely with something like a magnolia leaf. Isopods go in after the food and can't climb back out. Then all you have to do is check if the cup contains anything you want to keep, remove anything you want to keep, and dump the rest into somewhere else.
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