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  1. 14 hours ago, Arthroverts said:

    Hello all, so recently I was nosing about under some pots (like I usually do), and I found this:



    Apologies for the poor quality, it was completely dark when I took the photos and the camera didn't have enough time to focus once the flash went off.

    Anyway, just your regular Blatta lateralis. Pretty, but not very exciting. But that got me thinking. What species would you most like to find under a pot/log/stone? Say you are on a trip to somewhere, you flip over a log and bam! What species would you like to see? For me it'd be Blaberus/Eublaberus sp., or possibly some cool Panchlora sp.



    Probably some odd, large Corydiid or Eurycotis pluto. 🙂

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  2. 1 hour ago, Arthroverts said:

    Hello all, I was just checking out Roach Crossing's website, and there are signs of life on it! New species have been added! Is this a sign of Kyle's return? Has anyone been in contact with him recently?

    @All About Arthropods, @Hisserdude.



    We can hope! He seems to be honing in on his business much more recently and has been responding to people's emails in a timely matter for the last couple weeks. In fact, I was in contact with him just today. :) 

  3. 8 hours ago, Homelander said:

    Thanks for the information, its greatly appreciated! The heating mat under the moist side is sufficient you think? I'm raising giant panchloras. I think I read somewhere with a different type of roach you want it on the dry side.

    Sorry, that part of your previous response went completely over my head. lol It shouldn't matter; only thing is that the moist side will dry out faster with the heat mat, so just make sure it never gets too dry. 🙂

  4. 11 hours ago, Homelander said:

    Thanks for replying :) so besides pink springtails which type of springtail would you choose if you were to restart? Also does the heat mat go on the wet side of the enclosure for giant banana roaches? Or would it be more beneficial to put the heat mat on the dry side?

    I would likely choose one of the small silver varieties, like this one here. But it doesn't matter all that much; many species should do. Some small silver springtails got into a bunch of my cultures somehow through materials I collected from outside (even though I sterilize everything) and they seem to be doing a good job, so that's really the only reason why I'd recommend them. lol I'm not sure if they're the exact same species I linked to.

  5. 45 minutes ago, Homelander said:

    Thanks for the help! What does culled mean? Should I try springtails? What kind of springtails species do well with them? 

    Culling is just removing individuals from the colony. :)

    I would definitely recommend springtails. Many species would do well with them, but I'd personally recommend against Sinella curviseta (Tropical Pink Springtail). They are extremely prolific and do a great job as a clean-up crew, but I've personally found them to be extremely annoying over time. They'll end up covering much of the total surface in your enclosure and are more conspicuous than many other springtail species because of how large they are. 

  6. 4 hours ago, Auz said:

    update: I put him out of his suffering after trying to see if I could help. 

    I know this is part of the hobby, but this is my first experience dealing with this. I was not looking forward to it. On the bright side, the rest of my small colony looks to be healthy. 

    Very sorry for the loss; I know it can be heart-breaking. :( Best of luck with the others going forward. :) 

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  7. 18 hours ago, BeetleShelf said:

    Hey everyone!

    My colonies have gotten to the point where I think I should start using some clean up crews. Isopods seem like the easiest option. Can I just place them in there as is and they'll clean up? Or do I need to add anything to the enclosure? 

    I honestly would always recommend springtails as a clean-up crew as opposed to isopods since they're more inconspicuous most of the time and there's no risk of them chowing down on your roaches like there is with isopods. But if you were to use them as a clean-up crew, I recommend staying away from at least Porcellio spp. (more likely to much on the roaches) and Porcellionides spp. (way too prolific). You can indeed just throw them in without any extra care besides maybe tossing in a tad of extra food each feeding.

    18 hours ago, BeetleShelf said:

    Hey everyone!

    Also, how do I tell that I need a clean up crew if I can't directly see the feces? I have a ton of G. caffrorum nymphs, and I'm wondering if they are doing their own clean up or not.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    - Spencer

    Roaches will clean-up their own enclosures to some degree by partially-wholly consuming their own dead bodies, but don't mess with the feces at all. As to how you would know if you need a clean-up crew or not, that's hard to say. Some people show allergic reactions if waste builds up too much, but in general , the roaches themselves only really have issues if dead bodies accumulate, which can cause bacterial blooms and lead to infection (with some Epilamprids being outliers). Feces are really not much to worry about for the roaches and, in fact, I have multiple colonies of Pycnoscelus literally swimming around in their own feces right now and they're still doing magnificent. 

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  8. 3 hours ago, VolkswagenBug said:

    Yeah, when I started I was more interested in the big and flashy species. I keep some of those, but I also have a fascination with smaller cryptic species now.

    Exactly! The flashy stuff is good for luring people into the hobby, but once they've been hooked, it's easier to feel the fascination for nearly all species. :) 

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