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  2. Dubia4Life

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Excited to see some adults! Those look great!
  3. Dubia4Life

    I'm back! (on a trial basis...)

    Welcome back! Glad to hear your stress/anxiety is doing better. I struggle a lot with depression and anxiety, I can sort of understand where you’re coming from. If it does start to get bad again just take a step back and try again when/if you’re ready. So glad to hear you’re back in the hobby!
  4. Today
  5. NitroHydroRay

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    👍 Awesome
  6. Thanks for the clarification. I'll keep it simple and go by the names you suggested.
  7. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Finally got some of these beauties, one of the first to keep them in the US, fingers crossed they'll breed for me! Here are some pictures of a couple nymphs!
  8. Yesterday
  9. Shinylarvitar97

    How big are newborn hisser nymphs?

    Most of my hisser sp. Seem to be in between 1/4" and 1/2" . never really measured though so not for certain that's the case.
  10. Ghoul

    What do you use for substrate?

    I just bought bags of earth used for terrarium critters (says for eg frogs, beetles and millipedes on the bag) from the pet store along with a bag of leaf litter and soft rotting wood I collected a year ago from the woods then dried, a bit of moss on top as well. The roaches like it, the isopods like it, the springtails like it, so far so good.
  11. NitroHydroRay

    How big are newborn hisser nymphs?

    I've never kept Hissers personally (though hope to do so soon), so take my answer with a grain of salt. However, I found some answers online. According to this source, they start at 1/4 of an inch, but according to this other source, it's 1/2 of an inch. Hopefully somebody with more experience with Hissers can give you better info, since there seems to be a bit of contradictory info online.
  12. I can't seem to find an answer anywhere oddly enough, but how big are the nymphs of Gromphadorhina protentosa/oblongata? I have hybrid hissers and I'd like to know if the ventilation holes in my container are escape proof. I recently got L. verrucosa (just a bit more than half the size of my hissers) nymphs from the females and they are ridiculously tiny, but they can't climb smooth surfaces so I don't worry about them.
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  14. Well yeah, but if the species is voracious enough to need cuttlebone to chew on when using them as cleaner crews, I'd avoid using them altogether... 😛 Most of my isopod species showed next to no cannibalism even without cuttlebones, but then again I made sure they had plenty of protein rich feed and veggies in addition to their leaf litter, whereas I know of some people who only use the latter in their colonies and expect them to do well...
  15. No one has properly ID'd the giant Panchlora yet, and since we have no specific collection data on them, an ID is pretty unlikely unfortunately... So it'd be best to keep calling them sp. "Giant". The Rhyparobia sp. is a bit more of a mystery to me, apparently they hybridize easily with maderae, so some believe they are simply a different color form of that species, while others insist they are capelloi or something similar... I'd just keep calling them sp. "Gold Medal" or "Gold", until more research is done.
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  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. Allpet Roaches

    Blaberus giganteus as feeders

    They can do pretty well, just not enough to spare too many.
  21. 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.
  22. They do have plenty of space. However, I keep them in a fairly dry environment.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. Hisserdude

    Herniated incubation bag

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

    Herniated incubation bag

    Yes, i have 4 males and 4 females.
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  28. 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.
  29. Hisserdude

    Herniated incubation bag

    Well good luck, hopefully she recovers, do you have other females?
  30. 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.
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