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  1. Randomjoe

    What to keep in new container

    Well it was a will it work for the listed 1's or someone have a better idea for a roach colony in it. I would think a colony of Periplaneta would quickly out grow the container.
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    What to keep in new container

    Hopefully this pretzel container with a screw on top will too. I figure it's about 1.8 gal capacity.
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    Wilted kale?

    So far most of what I feed my isopods is maple and pecan leaves I collected in the fall.
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    Dealing with tiny nymphs

    Fruit flies might be a good choice too. They should breed quick enough and you could make new cultures every 2 - 3 weeks and be good to go for the long term. Plenty of how to vids on youtube for making cultures too.
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    Dealing with tiny nymphs

    Could always start a few isopod cultures to feed them too.
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    Dealing with tiny nymphs

    What about pieces of bark? I watch a youtube vid on little kenyans and when the bark was picked up the underside had quit a few. You would be able to knock them off into another container to pick feeders from.
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    Bugarium ideas

    What about Parcoblatta?
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    My Roach Enclosure!!!!

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    G. Portentosa mysterious deaths...

    Try some dog/cat food or maybe even some oats they may be needing protein
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    Gyna lurida "Yellow"

    Very nice looking
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    Best roach nymphs to mimic ants?

    Little Kenyan, Goblin roach, maybe the Parcoblatta?
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    Leaf list for Isopods

    Fruit and nut tree leave would probably be ok.
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    Good plant based diet?

    Glad to hear you found a chick feed that'll work for you. I've read and heard plenty of people that use chick feed not only for their roaches but also for their crickets. Economically chick feed also makes better since if you have a farm supply store near you because I can pick up 30 - 40 lbs of it for the price of 16 lbs of cat food. That being said I have E. prosticus so I use the pond fish food because of the higher protein, and give lots of fruits so I haven't noticed much wing biting.
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    Dubia Roaches

    Dog and cat food are fine. You can also use fish food, chicken feed, oats, bran, and cereal.
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    Wood and plants for roaches

    Over the next few days I'll be cutting down some maple, box elder, and mulberry saplings. I plan on saveing some of these to use in my roach bins since i think all are ok for them. I also need to cut back some blackberry canes, honeysuckle, and roses are all of these ok to feed to roaches?
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    Good plant based diet?

    If the chick feed has animal protein check the others along with horse feed. I have no clue on protein amounts on any of them but I wouldn't think there would be animal in the herbivore food, but you never know.
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    Good plant based diet?

    If there are any feed stores/farm supply stores near you check em out. I'm not sure for veggie only but my first thought would be rabbit food. You could also check the ingredient lists for chicken, cow, sheep, and goat feed. You could also check pond fish food there but the fish food I use does have some animal protein. I think the chick feed runs between 16% - 20% protein. Usually you can get feed in 40 - 50 lbs bags at a fairly cheap price.
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    Ok got my dubia roaches

    I don't use heat mats. I use an oil filled electric radiator type room heater during the winter and have the ac vent for the room blocked off for the summer. my daytime high gets to 80 -85f and night time low is about 75. My colony has grown a lot but i started with far more from 3 or 4 sources. 1 of those sources I got a lot of mature females so that helped a lot.
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    Ok got my dubia roaches

    Oh btw if you have any feed stores near you, you could go there and buy chicken grower food fairly cheap. I've read and heard it used by quite a few. It's where I get my pond fish food that only cost me $15 for 40lbs, and around where i live chick grower food is like $10 - $15 a bag too.
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    Ok got my dubia roaches

    How many do you have? The more you have the more likely you'll see them eat. My colony is on the larger size now and I feed it about every other day. When feeding I can watch them moving down the egg crates toward the food. They swarm the dry food first then spread out toward the fresh fruits and veggies. You could mix in dry dog, cat, or fish food if you want. My mix is Pond fish food and whatever leftover cereal i have at the time.
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    Ok got my dubia roaches

    Your list looks fine. Oranges are not bad for them its orange oil that could cause problems and that's in the skin. I feed mine half an orange or more every other day and they eat everything but the peel, and haven't had any problems yet.
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    Ok got my dubia roaches

    They like oranges, zucchini, grapefruit, and sweet potato too
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    Switching food

    Dog food should be fine.
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    Ok this is going to be my setup

    What species are you making the setup for and what is your room temps?
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    all the Gromphadorhina hybrids are just as fertile as purebeed as far as I've heard and will keep makeing hybrids.