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  1. Shinylarvitar97

    shipping questions

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  2. Shinylarvitar97

    shipping questions

    Damp paper towels and spaghnum moss seem to work well for me for a variety of species, but I've seen and used a few different methods as well depending on the species. I use egg flat, coconut fiber, sphagnum moss, paper towels, leaves mainly, but I'm sure there are other ways as well.
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    P. magnifica

    I feed mine synthetic pollen and Apple. They seem to eat less than other species, in my experience at least. They've grown well for me on that diet, and mine tend to be active in the. Very early morning or I'll spot a few at night, but they mainly hang out huddled up under the wood pieces.
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Awesome to hear they were in fact R. maderae ! Not so good to hear you've been having Chronic fatigue though, hopefully it improves in the near future. I enjoy keeping this genus. I love watching them feed and interact with each other. I have the "Gold" color form of these guys.
  5. Yeah i can agree with Hisserdude. My colony is VERY male heavy. I have like 3x the amount of males. Just thought it was a coincidence.
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    Yeah Therea species coupled with the assassins probably wouldn't fare too well. Once you get a large colony though you'll pretty much have adults most of the time, but the assassins are a concern. Gyna species burrow mainly, but will come to the surface. Mostly the adults, but I've seen larger nymphs out as well. Once you get a reasonable sized colony of those they'd be pretty active too. Deropeltis sp. Might work. They seem to climb more than burrow. I honestly haven't seen mine dig really honestly. They're usually at the surface. They stay together in groups it seems as well, as they're always clustered near one another. That's just how I've observed them though. Also yeah if you could cover the holes somehow it might work.
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Great some heat should hopefully be beneficial to them once you get one. Just make sure it doesn't get too hot, but they should be ok. Yeah some species will eventually make it past. Some species are better at it than others. Kyle from roachcrossing is still around, but at the moment it's difficult to get in contact with him for a few reasons. He's got a lot going on unfortunately with his family and himself personally. Not sure if he'll ever be back completely. I don't know all the details. Maybe try messaging him on his personal Facebook. Some have gotten through to him I think. Not 100% certain though. It's unfortunate, but I'm sure he's going through alot.
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    Therea sp. adults would make excellent display roaches as well, but the nymphs burrow pretty much exclusively and don't think they'd fair well in higher humidity. the adults aren't particularly long lived either unfortunately.
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    Arboreal Roaches?

    Hissers may work, they seem to tolerate a fair range of humidity and temps so they be a viable option. Only concern would be them escaping. I know exo terra/zoo med like enclosures usually have some points where the small nymphs may be able to slip through. That's just my thoughts though. The other concern would be the Psytalla eating the roaches if they were large enough. I've seen mine take down considerably bigger prey. Don't want to dissuade you from stocking the tank with multiple species though as I believe it could work if you find the right species. The Kenyans would be a nice addition because of their size. Don't believe they'd mess with the other species too much, and with enough of them, they may act as a secondary food source for the assassins as well. Not alot of options i can think of at them moment unfortunately. Maybe Simandoa conserfarium. They can be a bit secretive though and stay down low under cork/wood pieces. I've seen them out and about, but only for feeding times and at night when I catch them off guard. Then there comes the dilemma with the zoo meds small gaps. I could see the nymphs slipping through too possibly. They're slippery little ones. Beautiful species though. The Eublaberus would work great, but yeah them digging/destroying the roots is a big concern and they primarily burrow. Bananas mainly dig too, and adults can fly and are pretty small as well. Hard choice. Maybe someone else can throw in some better advice/suggestions. Haven't made a multi species tank myself so my knowledge is limited.
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    It's good they seem to doing well so far. My "gold medals' grow fairly quick so if they are indeed Rhyparobia Maderae them they should as well. As for breeding they are pretty prolific. I had nymphs in maybe under 2 months once they reached maturity, but that may differ from individual to individual. Definitely heat them a little bit if possible. I Can't recommend a brand of heat cable, but I'm sure Hisserdude can. They'll tolerate room temps too, but for optimal growth/reproduction keeping them on the warmer side can help accelerate it. Also heating your other roaches may be beneficial as well. Maybe they'll eventually figure out the Apple is food haha!
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah try to find the 6th one if possible. Hopefully it's still hanging around in there. Yeah they can be a little tough to handle, adults especially will do all they can to get away haha! definitely not the most handleable roaches, but I've held them before Once they calm down. If they have plenty of hides they shouldn't dart around too much hopefully. They can be very active, especially when feeding. The Vaseline should help contain them. The 2.5 gallon should work great for them now, just make sure they can't escape anywhere. Also yes they do give off a defensive odor, but I think only the adults do, but i may be wrong. Not sure if the smaller nymphs do, but maybe the larger ones do use it as well. Never tested it. It's crazy how some species can survive a lot of abuse, but eventually it may get the best of them. These guys definelty seem hardy as hell so hope they grow fast and well! Yeah maybe there was something they were nibbling on in the skulls. Alot of roaches can go a fair amount of time with no food, but thankfully these guys seemed to make it out alive and healthy. These guys have fluttered small distances with me, but have not full blown taken off like banana roaches or gyna sp. So not positive they wouldn't be able to. They're jumpers for sure though haha and quick! Also yeah you're going to have to supplement heat somehow. My roach/invert room gets about mid 60's at night as well, and everyone seems fine overnight, but probably wouldn't be wise to keep them at those temps constantly. I use flexwatt heat tape hooked up to my roach bin shelves, but I have multiple species per shelf, so maybe it would be easier to just buy a small heat mat from a pet store and put it beneath or on the side of the 2.5 gallon. Only concern is they get REALLY hot. Too hot. Maybe if you hooked it up to a thermostat, but I think thats too much work for just one single container. Maybe get a heating pad at Wal-Mart or target and put it on a low setting. I used those for my dubia roaches when I was getting into bugs and they worked ok, but I know they're not intended for that specific use so there may be safety concerns. How are you heating your tesselata?
  12. Shinylarvitar97

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    Yeah they usually have a good feeding response so I could see them nibbling on some dried fruit, but yeah I agree with hisserdude fresh fruits are the way to to go. I like watching them drag little tiny pieces of apple away haha! They're a neat species for sure. Keep us updated! Hoping they prove to be Rhyparobia maderae! Tried to get these years back for Kyle at roachcrossing, but he convinced me to get the gold lol! I like these just as much though!
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    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    I don't keep the regular Rhyparobia madarae, but I keep Rhyparobia sp. "Gold/Malaysia". Which seems to be a variant of these guys, just a different color. Don't think they have been entirely identified yet as the same species though. If care is anything like the "gold" ones then they shouldn't be too hard to raise. I keep mine between 75-85°F. I have mine on dry substrate, but give them a light misting weekly for them to drink. Also I offer them apple and fish flakes and they seem to readily consume those as well. They are one of my favorite species to feed since they find food very quickly. How do these guys behave? You have them all together correct? My nymphs seem to stay close together under cork/wood pieces. Not sure if the maderae exhibit this behavior as well, but I would assume so. Don't know of any more care info resources, but someone on here may have more info than I can offer. Hopefully you can get these to adult to be certain of what they are!
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    Blaberus giganteus care?

    Yeah that sounds about good, mine seem to love apples and fish flakes. Just Coco fiber works as well, but I usually add mulch/moss/leaves to most of my enclosures anyway, even if it's just for looks.
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    Blaberus giganteus care?

    I have some pieces at an angle and some straight up, but not sure if it makes a difference. Mostly the larger nymphs/subadults use the bark to mold it seems, but I haven't observed them enough to be certain. I say just orient them at an angle to be safe.