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    Found this photo and I wanted to share. 😋
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    Dr. Darby Proctor, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology has recently started using cockroaches to teach principles of psychology and neuroscience. Article and video below: https://adastra.fit.edu/blog/research/florida-tech-discovery-magazine-spring-2019-buggin-out/ I met Darby at a conference last week, were we were both presenting some of our cockroach research. The conference was near her school, so she actually was able to bring some of her discoid cockroaches! It was my first time seeing discoids in person. I now have "other roach envy." I know a number of labs that are investigating using hissing cockroaches for similar work, but generally I find them too lethargic. I have made some good progress with my research as well, and just received a grant to continue the work, though I do not yet have any fun videos to show yet.
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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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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    A. tesselata are big, easy to care for, and great for handling. I don't think they can fly, too heavy.
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    Yeah those could make a good addition to the substrate, the leaves especially, the wood may not be too helpful unless it's been rotted a bit.
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    Blaberus giganteus would fit your criteria (especially that last one). They do not fly upwards and cannot climb smooth surfaces. They do expel a musk, but it is usually only used when you mess with them.
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    I had Panchlora nivea for a while, and they are pretty as long as you can contain them. Hissers are not bad for invertebrates, particularly hisser nymphs, because invertebrates break the exoskeleton before digestion. Reptiles and amphibians usually swallow their prey and the exoskeleton remains largely intact. The bigger problem with using hissers as feeders is that they do not breed very fast, so eventually you can exhaust the colony. I have heard of some people using Simandoa conserfarium, and there are some colorful members in the same family as common pest roaches (ability to become a pest means fast breeding).
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    I use coco coir, mixed with dead oak leaves for most of my roaches and a layer of leaves on top. I also add (depending on the species), pieces of bark (alder, birch etc.) to provide a hiding space. For the species that eat wood (e.g. Panestia), I use flake soil (fermented and composted oak wood chips and sawdust) and pieces of partially rotten wood (that has been laying in my garden for a few years). In case of climbing species (e.g. Thorax porcellana), I also add twigs and branches. Hornbeam leaves, or leaves from other trees that curl up when dried is very suitable if you have small species that like to hide (e.g. Perisphaerus pygmaeus). The downside of some substrates is that that are fungus gnat magnets, so I add soil from other enclosures in new ones, because that contains predatory mites that seem to control fungus gnat. Th roaches itself don't seem to be bother much by the little flies, but my wife does object having them around in large quantities in our house.
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    Springtails seem to be the best CUC for most roach species, however some of the larger varieties like the tropical pinks, (Sinella curviseta) have been known to stress out and overwhelm a lot of the more sensitive roach species.
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    Gyna adults could be considered aboreal, as could Panchlora adults... Pseudoglomeris magnifica are rather easy to breed and aboreal, but very expensive and can be slow growing.
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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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    Oh, that's too bad. The Paratropes roaches in particular are gorgeous. Imagine a bin where you flip over a piece of bark and there's 20 of those under it! LIke some kind of weird abstract painting.
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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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    Hey I'm Kayla from Indiana. Been interested in insects since I was a little girl. I'd spend most of the day digging in the yard or lifting rocks and logs in search of well, you guessed it. Bugs. As much as I love insects spiders terrify me. Well not too recently, I discovered that hissing cockroaches exist *thank you internet*. These are now my favorite insect species. I'm going to try to collect all the different kinds of living specimens that exist in the hobby. I'm always interested in learning more about them and I'm currently a knowledge sponge for all things hissing cockroach related ♥️ I have a couple species in my collection so far and they're all very dear to me. Havent started breeding them but I'm looking forward to.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Managed to take some better pictures, couldn't withhold these...
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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.