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    Hello, I have two Macropanesthia rhinoceros nymphs that are approximately seven months old. Over the past couple of months, it would appear that they are becoming less active. I seldom see them at night and their leaves are not being disturbed on the surface. Previously, they would take bites out of their leaves or transport small pieces underground. I am able to view them by peering through the glass underneath their enclosure and they are alive, but not coming to the surface to eat. Has anyone else experienced this? Their enclosure is a ten gallon fish tank with 4" of substrate (organic potting soil, sand, coir mix). I water the center portion to give them options for dampness. They are third generation raised on oak leaves. They are indoors and the temperature is in the low '70s. There is very little information available on these little guys and I'm hoping to give them long, healthy lives!
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    Thanks for your response! I did see some posts on here regarding molting issues in captivity, so I really appreciate you addressing that point.
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    Well first off, unless the soil is incredibly stable, I'd make it far more shallow, these roaches live in deep, almost cavernous burrows in stable soil in the wild, and thus never have to molt covered with substrate like "substrate swimming" burrowers do... If they have substrate covering them in captivity while they molt, this often leads to fatal mismolts, thus a lot of people recommend only using a CM or so of substrate for nymphs, basically making the enclosure mimic one of their burrow chambers. Secondly, these roaches aren't all that active normally, and given the fact their growth slows down as they get older, I'd say the behavior you're seeing is normal.
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    I put a photo of mate guarding between the two species in the Isopod Zoology book but I thought it was all just in fun at that time.
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    I may be jumping the gun but the spots on some of the partly grown "klugii" look like short stripes (a line instead of a spot). They are only about 4 mm but I don't remember klugii babies looking like that before.
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    I grew up in Southern California where you could lift rocks and find isopods. You could also walk into the bathroom at midnight and find the cockroaches dancing on the toilet singing "We. Are. Family!" My former military life brought me to Alaska 20 years ago and my boring day job is in local government in the area of finance/risk management. Three years ago I rescued a bearded dragon, bought two more fancy morphs and then started breeding my own feeders because the little boogers were eating me out of house and home. It's difficult and expensive to get live feeders in Alaska, especially in the winter months. My reptile friends started asking if they could buy feeders from me and eventually my adult daughter and I formed Alaska Bug Dealers and we have been doing "bug deals" in parking lots since 2018. I think I missed my calling because I absolutely love playing with bugs and I'm addicted to buying new species. We currently rear dubia, orangehead, red runner, hissers, silkworms, hornworms, mealworms, superworms, springtails and just started working with 13 species of isopods. On the side I produce theatre shows specializing in burlesque, cirque and cabaret. I also dance and sing. I'm currently working on a cockroach act. Between all the glitters and critters my husband is ready to vacate the premises. Ps. It's Peter March's fault that I'm here.
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    Some people pour boiling water into the substrate. You can also bake it . . . I believe 2 hours at 250 degrees, but be sure the substrate your baking is moist or it will burn, and set off all your fire alarms. Whatever you choose to do, be careful with boiling water and with baking flammable stuff. Good Luck!
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