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  1. Betta132

    Anisolampra panfilovi

    Weird that he wouldn't want to at least tell you how to keep them alive, if not give away the 'trade secret' of breeding them.
  2. And don't ever use P. ornatus! People feed them live (but crippled) roaches sometimes, they're extremely protein-hungry and would no doubt devour any roach that molted where they could reach. I'd be wary of using them as cleaners with reptiles, let alone things near their size. Armadillidium species should work out okay. They're a bit slower to breed, they don't have much interest in protein that can avoid them, and they don't tend to burrow. I have A. vulgare in with my domino roaches (accidental introduction), and that doesn't seem to cause any problems, though I do occasionally trap extras out. Since isopods can't climb, they're really easy to thin out. Just bury a deli cup up to its rim in the substrate, put food and a damp substance in the bottom, and cover it loosely with something like a magnolia leaf. Isopods go in after the food and can't climb back out. Then all you have to do is check if the cup contains anything you want to keep, remove anything you want to keep, and dump the rest into somewhere else.
  3. Betta132

    Help picking species to keep

    A. tesselata are big, easy to care for, and great for handling. I don't think they can fly, too heavy.
  4. Betta132

    Anisolampra panfilovi

    Never kept them, but they look really neat. Where did you get them?
  5. Betta132

    Which species?

    Oh, yes, Therea! The downside is they spend a lot of time underground as nymphs, and the adults are short-lived, but they're extremely easy to care for. Just give them a deep substrate with lots of hardwood leaves involved. You don't even really need to feed them until they hit adulthood, though the occasional veggie doesn't go amiss.
  6. Yeah, that sounds like pretty much ideal hisser care. Do they have plenty of space? Moisture? A couple degrees warmer wouldn't hurt.
  7. Betta132

    Tarantula molt as food?

    Sure! They'd eat their own molts, a tarantula molt shouldn't be any different. You may want to avoid the part with the irritating hairs, though. More for your own finger-safety in not getting those into your roach bin than for them.
  8. Betta132

    Rotting wood

    Whether or not rotting wood crumbles can vary a lot depending on how wet it is at the time. If you'd have a hard time picking up a log entirely made of the stuff, it's rotted enough. If it's not quite rotted far enough, that won't hurt anything. I don't think it's possible for wood to be too rotted unless it's turned into dirt. The really good rotted stuff is super soft, nice and spongy. I like how it feels. You can break it apart in your fingers, and generally should, to check for stowaways. Even if you're gonna boil it, it's good to try and shake out whatever live things you can before boiling it. Sometimes bumblebees nest in rotting wood, so you can find the grubs or pupae. Those in particular should be left alone- just put a whole little chunk with them in it back and let them keep doing their thing. You should also avoid termites, they'll eat the wood before your roaches do and might not be the best thing to bring into your house.
  9. Betta132

    Which species?

    I like A. tesselata and B. craniifer. Both are fairly roach-shaped, but neat. If you want something a little more unusual, maybe horseshoe crab roaches? Can't remember their name at the moment, but they look like trilobites. Heck- you could do horseshoe crabs and something else in the same enclosure. They mostly burrow, so they can be mixed with something that mostly climbs.
  10. If you can't keep springs alive, it's probably either too dry or too sterile for them, or both. Best to keep a master culture of them in ideal conditions (a container of charcoal with yeast sprinkled in and at least an inch of water) and sprinkle them into the enclosure until they establish. That way, if they die off, you have more.
  11. I can see the pic now. Those are springtails, I'd say. They're harmless. You want 'em around, they keep things clean.
  12. No, evidently I'd need to message you for permission. Do they look like tiny, pale spiders? If not, they're not grain mites. These are grain mites:
  13. Betta132

    Any advice?

    They aren't really social. If it's old, another would probably just annoy it. Don't use heat lamps for roaches, they dry the habitat out and are unnecessary. If temps are going below mid 70s frequently, it'd be more comfortable if you get it a heat mat. Heat mats should go on the side of the tank, only on decent sized tanks, so there's a warm and cool area. That sounds like a good diet. I'd add in some dried hardwood tree leaves, ones that have naturally fallen from the tree. Oak is good. Hissers aren't complicated, just keep doing that.
  14. Grain mites look like very tiny, pale spiders. You can get rid of them by keeping the enclosure drier, and by providing less to no grain-based food for them to feed on. They can annoy your roaches in large numbers, and are known to cause skin irritation sometimes in humans, but in small numbers are harmless.
  15. I have a little, basically empty greenhouse in my yard that doesn't really have anything in it aside from some cardboard boxes and empty planters, but it seems to have become a favorite hangout spot for two species of isopod. I happened to move a box in there and saw Porcellio isopods, which I haven't seen in a year or so, so I went after them to try and catch some for ID. And, while I was doing that, I found an orange A. vulgare! Also a vulgare with a black front half and sort of a golden-yellow back half, which I REALLY hope is genetic, because that's pretty cool. I'd love to get that as a morph and just call them "pharmacy", since that half-and-half color makes them look more like their namesake. I collected as many A. vulgare as I could see that looked even vaguely orange, though "vaguely" was the best I got for the rest. Those have gotta have the right genetics, I figure. I'm going to go out to a few different areas and look for more orange ones, too, and I'm gonna check out my greenhouse again in a couple days once they've gotten over being bothered. I also took two large (over half an inch, easy) vulgare out of my peppered roach enclosure and put them in with the other vulgare, in hopes that their size is genetic. I got their enclosures set up. Each one has a 2.5gal tank with about an inch and a half of coco fiber in the bottom. I didn't want to go deeper because I don't want it to go stagnant. Gonna try to catch some springtails outside- if you find leaf litter with enough in it, you can pick up individual bits with the springtails on it and put those in a container without worrying about what else might be living in there. They also have some hardwood leaves, and each tank has half a cuttlebone and an entire deer bone. One got a scapula, one got a rib. Tomorrow, once they've had time to calm down, I'm going to give each tank 1 piece of dry cat food. I'm going to wait for them to have babies and for the babies to get big enough to see the colors properly. Once they do, I'll set up a 5g tank and start taking out the ones that are furthest from the goal colors. The rejects of both species go into the 5g to breed as they want, and if I see any brightly colored ones in the 5g, they go into their respective 2.5g. At first, I'll only be taking out the ones with a lot of gray, so I'll still have decent numbers (hopefully) in the breeding tanks. Don't want to thin it down to just 2 or 3 orange ones in the first generation. That's the most orange one. It's a bit brighter in person, a nice burnt orange, definitely eye-catching compared to the rest. That's my half-n-half. Any idea if that's a genetic thing? You can also see that some of the others have a little orange tinge to them. These are my Porcellionides. I saw but didn't manage to catch more of the standard grayish-blue ones, but I got a few of these. They're sort of an orange-pink with areas of grayish-purple. I'm going to try to get a strain going that's a nice mix of dusk-related colors, I think. I know people have already gotten orange ones, so I'll aim for something more like the one in this photo, just a reliably producing strain. For the vulgare, I'm going to shoot for a deeper orange than I see in other orange morph pics. A lot of them seem to be the light orange, and I like deep oranges. Heck, maybe I can even get it more towards red. I'm super excited to see how this goes! And I've found more today! Another nice orange one, though a bit less intense and a bit more speckled than the other one. It was crawling around in a puddle but hadn't drowned yet. Their gills mean they can live underwater for a little while before the comparatively low oxygen in the water gets to them. I also found a handful more of the orange-tinged ones.
  16. Betta132

    What do you use for substrate?

    I have A. tesselata, B. craniifer, and domino roaches (forgot their name) in coco fiber with leaf litter added on top and in. Seems fine so far. Most roaches aren't as substrate-reliant as things like millipedes can be. Same thing should work for most isopods, yes, though a bit of rotting wood is also good (but not required) to add for them.
  17. Edit: I guess I don't have much of a way to tell them apart. I've put the adult female of each species in their own little enclosures, set inside the main enclosure to keep the temp stable. An inch of coco fiber, some oak leaves to chew and hide under, all inside half a plastic gallon jug. They can't escape, and any babies they have will be contained, but they have space and food and shelter. When I start having multiple ones mature, I'll set up separate enclosures to put the adults into. For now, I guess I just have a bin of assorted nymphs. Awhile ago, I saw that my local pet store had some death's head roaches. I went "sweet! I like those" and got a couple, and put them in my peppered roach enclosure. I didn't think they'd bother each other or anything. I forgot about how similar the nymphs are. Now I have no clue how many I have of either species. Which species are these? (I know the adult is a death's head) And I assume it's pointless trying to tell on these. Oh, and my cats would like to make it known that the sound of roughly 25 large cockroach nymphs scrambling around in half of a gallon jug is very interesting. I had to stop them from putting their little kitty feet in there and poking the roaches.
  18. I kinda suspected that, thanks.
  19. I found a mole cricket in the parking lot of a hotel that's not even 2 city blocks from the beach. I've never seen one of these before, only heard them. Pretty sure it's Scapteriscus borellii? If I'm right, it's carnivorous, which is really cool. It was really active and a lot faster than I thought it would be, and kinda reminded me of a spider. Seemed to be very keenly investigating the container I trapped it in. I moved it into the dirt. Absolutely adorable to watch it look around! If they didn't need live prey, I'd keep it as a pet.
  20. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    But that's not a definition. That's "here's when I think it started", not "here's what it is". Unless I'm misreading?
  21. This pic was on Pinterest without a name. It came up on Google when I was looking up "rough bark roach" to show someone photos of those. What is this cutie and where can I get some?
  22. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    Which I guess brings us back to the question of what DO you consider the isopod hobby to be? I literally don't know how someone would define it.
  23. Betta132

    Isopod Hobby

    The book is called "Pets in a Jar" by Seymour Simon, and I gave it away last year to a little girl interested in bugs, so I unfortunately don't have a quote. It's out of date, and among other things claims that you should be able to keep a starfish alive in a gallon jar, but the care info for most of the land animals isn't bad. Online, I found mention of "Pet Bugs" (Sally Kneidel, 1994) and "The Pillbug Project" (Robin Burnett, 1992) to add to that.
  24. Betta132

    Porcellio expansus

    Oh, cool! Do you have any care advice for them?