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    Are we keeping dung beetles?

    @Test Account So if I'm getting this right, the challenge is to lick a cave-dwelling roach and see if you get sick?
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    Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)

    This is exactly what keeps me from getting P.australasiae!!! Not *as likely* to infest your house.
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    Found a cool video on M. rhinoceros!

    Haha, I've watched this video at least 5 times already. Definitely some of the best footage of this species out there!
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    Phortioeca phoraspoides

    Wow, so odd! The nymphs are like dalmation-colored Lanxoblatta rudis, but the adults (minus the pronotum) are very similar in appearance to Eublaberus!
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    Out with the Old, In with the New

    Right back at you! If last year was any sort of sign, I think you're right!
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    Out with the Old, In with the New

    Just in time for the New Year, a new post featuring a big change for the blog! Happy New Year's and I hope you guys enjoy! http://allaboutarthropods.blogspot.com/2017/12/gone-with-old-in-with-new.html
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    Biggest, readily available isopod species?

    Yep and believe it or not, the majority of the Spanish species just made it into the U.S hobby late last year/early this year........very thankful that we now get to experience such awesome creatures in person! Haha, yeah, they are some pricey little (well, not for isopods, I guess ) inverts. In fact, I probably wouldn't even have the species that I do if I wasn't able to trade for them. lol No problem!
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    P. scaber variability

    Yea, people always recommend differentiating these two species by counting the pairs of pleopodal lungs, but I tell you, I've never seen P.scaber with the type of mottling, texture, or presence of the two vertical stripes as seen on T.rathkii.
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    Biggest, readily available isopod species?

    Nope, not a typo. lol I've currently got a few P.expansus "Orange" individuals that I'm trying to start a culture with and a couple are already about 1 inch (not including uropods) and they're only slightly over half way grown. The various Spanish Porcellio spp. are the largest you're going to find with Porcellio magnificus standing on top at 2 inches or slightly longer. Porcellio hoffmannseggi, Porcellio hassi "Super Giant", and Porcellio expansus "Orange" are some of the other notably impressive Spanish isopods as far as length goes (although nearly all of them are larger than the biggest species that can be found in the U.S lol) . Also, yes, all of the aforementioned species fetch $100+ per 10 individuals.
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    P. scaber variability

    Very nice calico P.scaber in the first pic! BTW you actually seem to have a Trachelipus rathkii there in the second pic.
  11. Nope, I meant the A.tesselata.....mixed sizes of course.
  12. I agree with @Hisserdude about the enclosure, I would definitely get one around that size to house the colony permanently. Just thought I'd throw in that a 10 gallon should be fine until the population gets to around 300 individuals (I've heard of colonies being around or even a bit over this number and still doing well), at that time it would probably be best to switch to a larger tank/container.
  13. The A.tesselata should do great in that set-up! I would have previously said that the temp might be something to worry about, but mine have gotten a bit lower than that recently and I saw no aborted eggs. The various Therea spp. don't really seem to mind moisture all that much, and keeping all of the substrate slightly damp shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the Archimandrita would chew on the plants though.
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    Gasket Container

    I don't have any pics of my current method of ventilation, but here's the steps: 1. Drill a hole or two in each end of the container with a 1.25 inch - 2 inch drill bit. 2. Smooth out the rough edges that are left around the holes with a small knife. 3. Get some pieces of appropriately sized mesh. 4. Place the mesh over the holes and melt it into place with a wood-burner . And you're done!
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    AWESOME, I'll try to look for some at one of my local hardware stores then. Eh, I assume it would, definitely has a very similar texture compared to my sanded bark pieces.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    Same problem I'm having here, I can't find any smooth bark that wouldn't require a hard sand papering. Do you know if unseasoned plywood has any chemicals that would kill or otherwise harm inverts? If not, that would definitely be a nice substitute.
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    Coco chips for burrowing nymphs

    No problem. Yea, looks like that's what happened, since that definitely sounds like coconut fiber! Nah, all of the burrowing roach in the hobby can make their way through it with ease, but yeah, some added aeration with a bit of chunkier material is pretty much always beneficial.
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    Coco chips for burrowing nymphs

    Coconut fiber as in the soft, small-particled material, is one of the best base substrates around for roaches and I would definitely recommend it. Although, if what you have is the hard, chunky material that we refer to as "coconut husk", "coconut coir", or "course coconut fiber" here in the U.S, I wouldn't recommend it as a base substrate, but instead as just a component with something softer.
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    roach racks

    I actually use the exact same black wire racks from that video, they are very useful and not very expensive either. For heating, I use a brooder lamp fit with a 250 watt red bulb. I position this about 5 feet in front of the rack and it nicely disperses the heat around to all the enclosures. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this if you won't be filling up the whole rack though, simply because there would be wasted heat.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    OOH, just found a name that could apply to them or Schizopilia..........Disk Roach. I vote to keep Lanxoblatta as "Rough Bark Roach" though. lol
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    We may have a winner! ........as long as that name could be differentiated from that of any future common name for Schizopilia fissicollis.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    WOW, "rudis" actually means "rude"?! "Rough" would definitely be something to incorporate into the CN, but I really feel like three descriptive words overdoes it......
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    If you had a 40 gallon long for inverts....

    I'm very curious, what methods did you use for getting hatchling and which were you at least a small bit successful with? Kyle Kandilian and (likely) I are going to be trying to get captive-borns from B.magna and will be experimenting with giving the eggs a harder diapause to see if that encourages hatching. Any insight from your past experiences with their egg incubation would be much appreciated.
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    If you had a 40 gallon long for inverts....

    Yep, I currently have a starter group of R.microptera "Yellow"; the others I'll definitely be getting in the future as well. If you put in the little bit of effort for incubating the eggs, that could be a dazzling setup for years and years!
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    Awesome man, glad you were able to acquire some of these breath-takers! But why are they rude?
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