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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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    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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    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!