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  2. I use Zip-Loc weathertite tubs for my thousands and thousands of Hissers....recently Sterilite came out with a similar product, not as well built but taller which I like. They have a blue dense foam seal around the underside of the lid edge which keep the little ones from sneaking out. I once made the mistake of keeping Hissers in a Exo Terra glass tank....it was an awesome display with natural features that grabbed a lot of attention at the reptile shows I vend at.....I quickly learned the babies could fit through the crack(s) between the glass doors....they are very slender and flat, quite difficult to pick up with your fingers unless you can flip them upside down. I use a plastic spoon to scoop them off linoleum floors. Oh yeah....(if you keep Hissers you are a full fledged "Roach Wrangler") I sing to them and try VERY hard not to jar the tubs I keep them in....the adults aren't that fast and easily tracked down, the babies are scatterbugs….my wife wasn't too pleased when one time at least 200-300 tiny ones escaped when I knocked over a temporary holding tub....I used her vacuum to catch 'em all....lesson learned.....just like the cowboys sing to their steer keeping the herd relaxed on the range, you got to keep those bugs soothed....
  3. You need to keep them fed....no food and they'll start trying to eat through the mesh to get out
  4. whowadat

    Feeding question

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  6. And yes, I made a similar post back in 2017, but I figured I'd just go more in depth, since there still seems to be some confusion nowadays, (for example people in the US still call their Diploptera cf. minor "D.punctata", which is incorrect according to Evangelista, punctata are quite a bit bigger).
  7. So this might be old news to some of you, but just in case, I thought I'd reiterate some findings made a couple years back by the taxonomist Dominic Evangelista, and prominent European blatticulturist @Nicolas Rousseaux of the Cafarnarium. You can read the original post here on Facebook, but I figured I'd copy and paste the important parts here on the forum for those who don't frequent FB: Identification by D. Evangelista, based on animals reared in captivity, mainly strains from the Cafarnarium: Diploptera punctata ==> Diploptera cf. minor Uncertain, but it's obviously not Diploptera punctata, and Diploptera minor seems very close. Ischnoptera sp. “Costa Rica” ==> Ischnoptera rufa “Costa Rica" Symploce macroptera ==> Symploce incuriosa Other changes: Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" ==> Eublaberus cf. distanti "Ivory" Unconfirmed opinion from D. Evangelista. Eublaberus sp. “Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil” ==> Eublaberus cf. serranus “Brazil, Mato Grosso, Pantanal” Currently discussed on specialised forum. Gromphadorhina sp. "Ranomafana" ==> Gromphadorhina cf. portentosa "Madagascar, Ranomafana" The most probable species. Hemithyrsocera histrio ==> Hemithyrsocera vittata Now I've seen TYPES from these two species at the Museum, it's IMPOSSIBLE it's H. histrio. H. vittata, in picture (don't pay attention to the label, wich refers to an other individual in the box, bad framing due to the excitation of the situation) is highly, highly probable. Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis ==> Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis “Roth’s original stock” As this strain is diferent from other Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis and looks like Panesthia angustipennis cognata, this precision seems necessary. They are the descendants from the stock of Louis M. Roth.
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  9. Now, this is for zebra isopods (Armadillidium maculatum), but it would also work for small, non-climbing roaches. Or for climbing species if you had a snug lid and covered the holes with mesh. It has a lid (just a cut-out piece of stiff packaging plastic), but I took that off for the pic. 1-gallon plastic bowl, holes poked with a soldering iron. There are lots of good uses for goldfish bowls! But none of them are for housing any kind of fish, albeit maybe for an hour or two as temporary holding/display. That's how the myth about goldfish being kept in bowls came about- the people who 'invented' them, bred them into goldfish, would keep them in ponds. When they had guests, they would put a couple of goldfish in a bowl on a table for display, and the fish would stay in there just for a little while, as display. Visitors from elsewhere thought that goldfish were permanently housed in those bowls, and then at some point pop culture picked it up, and the image of a goldfish in a bowl became commonplace. Unfortunately for goldfish.
  10. aoikirin

    If Roaches Used Social Media...

    Awesome! I'm not creative enough to do this like you guys but I love it !
  11. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    That's great, fingers crossed you get a pair or two, I mean you've got 7 now, you'd have to be quite unlucky to end up with a unisex group! 😂 Well not really a new species, rather an old one that people in the US kinda stopped breeding, still an amazing find though for sure, (and a great story as well! 😄). Adults are 45-50 mm in length, so kinda sizeable. And you can always put them in a clear ziploc baggie and turn them upside-down to sex them.
  12. Betta132

    Feeding question

    Hissers should really have fruit, as they're a tropical species that naturally eats fallen fruit reasonably often. Dubias will pretty much breed on anything. The other two, I'm genuinely not sure.
  13. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Who knows, there's been three editions of "For the Love of Rhinoceros and Stag Beetles! 😄
  14. Guest

    New roach colonies wanted

    Now with the 200 lobsters I ordered I am up to about 1600 with feeding off about 100-200 to my bearded dragon and also sold about 150 to a local pet store, lobsters are by far my most successful breeders as well as my orange heads
  15. Auz

    Hormetica apolinari

    hahah yeah! maybe one day FTLOC can get a second edition
  16. Bmaines96

    Yellow Dubia Breeding Program

    Awesome glad to hear they will soon be made available! Please put me on the list as well to buy some when the colony is ready to have a few let go😃
  17. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Exactly! And alas, they weren't even in the hobby when FTLOC came out LOL!
  18. Auz

    Hormetica apolinari

    You and me both! Their coloring and horns are just so unique. I hope more general info/pics of them come out. I'm bummed they're not in For The Love of Cockroaches 😢 haha
  19. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Yeah, they are very slow breeding, and I think they take around a year to mature... Definitely one of the prettiest roaches to enter the US hobby in the past few years, really hope they become more widespread in the hobby soon...
  20. Auz

    Hormetica apolinari

    Ah, okay. I couldn't find much info on them so I wasn't sure about how long they'd take to reach maturity, breed, etc. Looking forward to them being available again
  21. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    I believe almost everyone who got them from Gil has bred them successfully, but seeing as they are such slow breeders and growers, it'll be a while until they are readily available here.
  22. Auz

    Hormetica apolinari

    These are gorgeous! Just curious how they're doing in the hobby now that this thread is a year and a half old?
  23. Andy365

    Roach safe plants?

    The plant in the picture looks to be some kind of Aglaonema.
  24. Allpet Roaches

    Hi from Germany

    When will you travel to find your Loboptera?
  25. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    We'e got a collecting trip together, more information in the Google Group. Thanks, Arthroverts
  26. Betta132

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah, I really hope I have at least 1 pair in here. I figure all I really need is a male and female that mature at the same time and breed, and then their offspring can breed with any not involved in the pair. I mean, people get six roaches as a small starter colony, and that's what we're doing here! It's too bad I can't sex them at this point. I wish I could put a little urinal in there and count how many of em use it. That's a reliable way to sex roaches, right? Miniature urinals? How big are the adults in this species? I figure when the nymphs get to near adult size, they should hopefully be sexable. Though I don't know if I want to handle them to sex, stink defense and whatnot.
  27. Yeah, it's a beautiful species, I only know of one breeder in Asia who's ever had them though... So it might be a while until we see them in the US.
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