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    Well I think they sell pretty well, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem controlling their numbers, you could always keep them unheated for a while to slow down reproduction, or use them as occasional feeders...
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    Ah, well then the abstract painting can be on your face! It's the hot new makeup trend; live and unrestrained roaches.
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    OK that just looks like she has died and been partially eaten, it’s not a prolapse. She might have been the one who gave birth but I wouldn’t say the two events were necessarily connected - it’s just as likely that another female gave birth to the nymphs and this one happened to have died on the same night. in my experience E. javanica live about two years, they don’t seem to live as long as the other hisser species, although to be fair my javanica colony is more crowded than my other hisser colonies so that may also be a factor.
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    Magnolia leaves will work fine as a leaf litter. I have oak in my enclosure, but that's just what i have available. As for food they don't seem to be too picky. I feed mine a mixture of fruit/vegetables like apples, bananas, orange, and carrots. They seem to favor apples, but that's what i feed mainly anyway. They also really like fish flakes I offer every few feedings. They usually take what they can get.
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    I looked around and I couldn't find any isopods that looked like either half of him. I assume he was hiding. I'll update if I spot him again. Or if I start seeing matching babies.
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    You can also use a pitfall trap to try to catch roaches, though it may be harder with a climbing species. You bury a cup up to its rim in the substrate, and you put food in the bottom, but nowhere else in the enclosure. If it's for a climbing species, you'd probably want to use a deepish cup and put a ring of petroleum jelly around the inside so they can't climb back out. You'll also catch a lot of the isopods, but if it's just roaches and isopods in the bottom of the cup, you can dump them into another container and sort them. If you have the space, my suggestion would be to sift all the substrate, pull out as many of both the roaches and the isopods as you can, then put the substrate in a bucket somewhere and keep feeding like normal. Repeat another time in a couple of weeks when any remaining critters will have grown enough to be caught. If your substrate is getting mold pockets in it, you're probably keeping it too moist, and it may be too deep. Also, there's probably something fueling that mold- possibly roaches are dying in there and it's growing out of them. IME, substrate on its own doesn't tend to mold often.
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    Most people's cultures died out, the black germanica are actually pretty sensitive, definitely couldn't infest a normal human home and are very sensitive to lapses in care... I think @Bmaines96 either has a colony or will be getting a starter culture very soon, can't remember...
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    In my experience springtails don't usually eat that type of mold, and I'd just remove mold spots and clumps as you find them, but I wouldn't worry about completely replacing the substrate. And it's quite possible the isopods could be stressing them out, I'd almost never recommend housing isopods with roaches for that reason... Honestly I'd just get a strainer of some sort and sift through the substrate, removing as many Gyna as you could and then freezing the rest of the substrate... The isopods are almost certainly stressing them out, Gyna as a whole can be pretty sensitive to disturbances such as a big, thriving population of isopods competing with them for food.
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    I need to remember to get regular B. germanica, which is easy because they are a pest in my house. I would caution you on special breeds of pest species in your house because, unless you obtained them in-state, they are regulated by the USDA. It could cause a problem if they escaped and proliferated.
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    Hmm, the type of mold you are describing sounds like a Trichoderma species, most are benevolent scavenger molds that come for their bodies after death, however, some protein hungry species can infect living roaches and kill them... The fact that you have several other roaches in there that aren't dying off at an alarming rate means that your Trichoderma mold is likely a scavenger species, consuming bodies after death, likely thriving in the more humid enclosure. Your hissers are probably fine, but the nymphs may not like the higher humidity, or perhaps competition from the Panchlora, Pycnoscelus or isopods are stressing them out and causing them to die off... TLDR; the mold likely isn't the cause of death or anything to worry about, and is just consuming the roaches which have died due to something else.
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    I keep Lanxoblatta rudis and I keep mine in a gasket container with smooth pieces of beech wood. They really need a flat as possible surface it seems to be happy. I haven't tried but I heard from Gil Wizen (who I got mine from) that they stress out when there is a lack of smooth vertical bark surfaces to hide under. I keep mine at about 83-86°F. I don't gauge humidity, but it's fairly high. I don't have much ventilation for them either. They seem to be fine with it being hot and stuffy. They can tolerate lower temps and humidity as well, but not without risks. As for food I offer them fish flakes and apple pieces. I'm sure they're nibbling on the wood I have in the enclosure as well, they seem to eat the bark along with lichen I hear, but haven't tried. They have reproduced for me a few times and the nymphs seem to be growing well so it looks like whatever I'm doing is working currently. The gap may be an issue you may need to rig. They are fairly thin so I could see them getting through very small gaps. They aren't day active, but move a lot after dark/early morning. They mainly stay on the bark at all times, but they will climb the sides of the enclosure if they run out of room/or are active at night. Not an expert on these guys, but sharing what has worked so far for me. As for the pillbug roaches I don't currently keep them, but I know a few who do. Including Bmaines96 on the forum I believe.
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    I have a particular fondness for roaches that a layperson might look at and ask "what is that?" instead of going "ew, a cockroach". Variety is the spice of life, and the variety of living things is a particularly good spice. I also like the round shapes. I know these aren't common species, but can anyone point me towards some care info on them? I'm trying to figure out something to keep in an Exo Terra 8x8x8 or 8x8x12. These three are looking like they might be possible candidates. I figure I need something fairly small, that doesn't need deep substrate (the most I can get in this is 2" without some juryrigging), that won't scatter everywhere or fly into my face when I open the tank. There's about a 1mm gap along the side edges of the door due to how it's constructed. If I really wanted to, I could silicone the door shut and just open it from the top, but I'd prefer something that can't squeeze out there. I could probably also rig something to make the substrate deeper if it was needed. I also want something that can be reliably left alone as long as it has food and moisture. For the bark roaches, it looks like they eat only apples and bark. I'd give them hardwood bark, we have pecan trees in the area. Would they eat dried apples, do you think? Not store-bought, just sliced thin and dried to jerky texture in the oven. Easier to just keep in a container next to the enclosure to feed them whenever they need it. How warm do they like to be? They look like they'd take decent advantage of climbing space, running up and down things, and might be especially visible from the sides through the glass. The pillbug roaches, I can't find much data on. Roachcrossing says they need good ventilation, moist air, and will eat apples, and I know @Hisserdude had some at one point. Does anyone have any advice on them?
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    The Lanxoblatta will get out through that gap as babies, Perisphaerus won't though... And I doubt either will eat freeze dried apples, (or maybe they would, but would still need fresh fruits in addition). Both breed best at temps above 75F°, and if your Lanxoblatta are often on the sides of the enclosure, that is generally a sign that they need new hides and are highly stressed out... Whereas in Perisphaerus it's either because of overcrowding, or too much/too little humidity. I wrote a caresheet on Perisphaerus pygmaeus here, they can be very prolific if kept correctly!
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    I used my G. portentosa as feeders last summer to the point that I had no juveniles left. My mantids loved them! I occasionally had issues with procrastinating on changing moldy food in my roach tank, so my mantids were eating mold-filled roaches. I did not notice any maladies affecting my mantids because of the roaches.
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    Well, they're easy to bait out of the substrate with food. You could probably just put food on top of a plate in their enclosure, turn out the lights, and wait for them to swarm it. I'd sugest a pitfall trap, but on second thought they climb a bit too well for that, don't they?
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    Just my 2 cent based on my collection: * Eublaberus distanti: non climbing, tolerant for room temperature, adult visible at night, burrows, slow life cycle at lower temperatures. * Eupolyphaga sinensis: females non climbing, tolerant for lower temperatures, very hardy, burrows, slow life cycle, but many eggs. * Hemiblabera tenebricosa: non climbing, tolerant for and reproducing at lower temperatures, adult often visible, burrows, relatively fast reproducing. * Hyporhicnoda reflexa: non climbing, tolerant for room temperature, hidden life, burrows, slow reproduction. * Loboptera decipiens: climbing, tolerant for room temperature, often visible, not burrowing, fast reproducing. * Lucihormetica verrucosa: climbing, tolerant for room temperature, very visible, burrows and hides in wood, fast reproducing. * Panchlora nivea: climbing adults, can fly well, tolerant for room temperature, often visible, nymph burrow, fast reproducing. * Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis: non climbing, tolerant for room temperature and below, very hidden life, burrows, very slow reproduction. * Polyphaga aegyptiaca: females non climbing, tolerant for lower temperatures, very hardy, burrows, slow life cycle, but many eggs. * Polyphaga obscura: females non climbing, tolerant for lower temperatures, very hardy, burrows, slow life cycle, slow reproduction. * Polyphaga saussurei: females non climbing, tolerant for lower temperatures, very hardy, burrows, slow life cycle, slow reproduction. * Pseudoglomeris magnifica: climbing, males fly well, tolerant for lower temperatures, pleasure to see, but often hidden, not burrowing, slow life cycle, slow reproduction. * Perisphaerus pygmaeus: climbing, males fly well, tolerant for room temperatures, often hidden, not burrowing. * Schizopilia fissicollis: climbing, tolerant for room temperatures, often hidden, males visible as they fight a lot, not burrowing, relatively fast life cycle, fast reproduction.
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    Hello! A short introduction of myself, first I am lucky to have a new discussion platform. I think we do not have any active cockroach keeper forum anymore in Europe, our last german forum died 10 years ago. I actual work on a new cockroach keeper forum in german language, it is already online but not active until yet. Maybe there is one in CZ and/or Poland but if then not in a language I speak or can even read. Also of interest for me is to get informations about cockroach species we do not have or never had in culture in Europe. My love for cockroaches was born 2004 at a little terraristic stock market, where I have seen the lovely Gromphadorhina grandidieri (even under this name, by the way in Europe they are usually named Princisia vanwaerebeki "Black & White"; essedentially G.grandidieri at this time was named for what now is G.portentosa "Black") and giant G.portentosa. Before that I knew what a cockroach is, but I never conciously ever had seen one. I cared for my first tarantulas since a few years, and after buying my first one or two pet roach species I passed over to get cockroaches for feeder use, too. Temporary I cared for more than 80 species of cockroaches, this had been a bit too much. Actually I have 30 species here, basically I planed not more than 30 again, but this number inevitable will get some shift I think. I will post a list of my cockroach species another time. Greetings, Marco
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    I'll be copy/pasting this to two other places, and will link them up here in case anyone wants to see any other suggestions I might get. https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/351136-considering-blaberus-giganteus-exhibit-need-background-advice.html#post3060760 http://arachnoboards.com/threads/cave-roach-enclosure-advice-needed-blaberus-giganteus.318477/ I have a 65 gallon aquarium standing empty except for a couple inches of water, and I think I want to make a giant cave roach habitat. But a really cool one- like the inside of a cave. I've been looking at pictures of their natural habitat, and they live in rainforest caves in Central America. I'm thinking of making a background that looks like fake rock, and providing light only from one smaller fixture, like the light is shining down through a hole in the ceiling. The substrate would be a nice, thick layer of coco fiber and hardwood leaves, and I'd put some wood in for them to chew on. My main concern is that the roaches will chew anything I use as a background. I don't want to use a cement background because it would be super heavy, and I don't want to work with clay, it's kind of a pain in large amounts. I'd thought about styrofoam with something over the top as sealant, but I'm worried the roaches would eat through the sealant and just start chewing. Who's kept these guys, and how do you keep them? Any sort of background?
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    The various Blaberus spp. are a good choice and Eublaberus is also a nice fit. Arizona Sand Roaches should be kept with a dry substrate of coconut fiber with only one or two corners of the enclosure kept moist. They should have high ventilation and should be offered dead leaves and dog/cat food for feeding.
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    Here an actual list of the cockroach species I have in culture: Aeluropoda insignis Archimandrita sp. "Panama, Cerro Chucanti" Balta notulata Blaberus craniifer "Black Wings" Blaptica dubia Decoralampra fulgencioi Dorylea orini Elliptorhina davidi Gyna caffrorum Gyna centurio Gyna lurida Hemithyrsocera palliata Lucihormetica grossei Macropanesthia rhinoceros Melanozosteria nitida (Thailand, Surat Thani, Khao Sok National Park) Morphna dotata Nauphoeta cinerea Panchlora nivea Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis Panesthia angustipennis brevipennis Panesthia angustipennis cognata Paranauphoeta formosana Paratemnopteryx couloniana Perisphaerus pygmaeus Phoetalia pallida Pseudomops septentrionalis Simandoa conserfariam Symploce pallens Therea regularis Thorax porcellana
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    Hello! I want to show you some of my more uncommon [here in Europe] roach species. My foto size reduction is slightly better than in my last topic and I will further try to improve this. Melanozosteria nitida BRUNNER VON WATTENWYL 1865 (from Khai Sok in Thailand) Only under lights more redish than black, but look at the defensive secretion on their last abdominal segments. They are incredible fast runners. Thorax porcellana SAUSSURE 1862 (from India and Sri Lanka) Beautyful species from the Epilamprinae subfamily. Most fascinating are the baby cockroaches below their mothers wings for the first weeks. First rank breakout artists.
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    Archimandrita sp. "Cerro Chucanti / Panama" Real giants with 8cm lenghts from head to wing ends, the female is nearly 5cm broad. Bigger than A.tesselata and looking a bit different. Adult female:
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    Orange slices seem to be the generally accepted favorite food of many roach species, hissers one of them! They also seem to love turtle hatchling food (strangely specific) and will eat cracked bird seed.
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    Hi! I’m new to this forum and excited to be here! There are a lot of gorgeous and fascinating roaches out there and I’m looking forward to learning about them and their care from all who participate in this forum. My own experience in roach keeping is limited, but growing. I have in the past and am currently raising a dubia roach colony that is used as feeders. I also recently purchased nymphs of Peppered, Orange Spot and Question Mark roaches through “Bugs in Cyberspace” and these animals are being enjoyed as pets and - where appropriate and the animals tolerate the handling, will be used (when grown), as ambassadors for educational programs. In the future, I hope to expand my roach collection as my knowledge expands. Eventually, I’d love to have complimentary mixed colonies co-habitating in single tanks with other insects. I believe this will make a dynamic presentation for others and me.
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    I'm curious if you were able to raise the specimen from the last pic to adult. I have a hunch that it's a nymph of Plectoptera poeyi but I'm not 100% sure about this.