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  1. Marlon

    Are these bad?

    I can't tell what I am looking at. Can you zoom in any?
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    Anyone keep giant bananas?

    If I recall, its the females that are larger , the males appear to be normal sized. I thought the same thing when I started with them. My small colony I started around 6 months ago, I regularly think they are all dead, then they keep showing up. Not a comfort roach. At least not yet. Several times had a spastic one hyperspeed out of the jar, jump into a lid, run up my arm, jump again, catch it, lose again, @#$$%, catch, and throw back in , whew! stressful.
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    Forum Downtime

    Hi Peter, Another website I am active on has a few selective admins to help out and ; just a thought just in case you are out of range, or find yourself on a whim to a cruise to Bangladesh or similar, maybe. It also has fund drives each year to gather the $200 or whatever it is to keep the site going. Don't want to lose the good thing you've got going. Marlon
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    I got a local Colorado darkling beetle to breed recently, not identified yet but a little bigger than mealworms. Still, rather boring except the one time the ants invaded. Hope they are ok. The Goliathus species AAA is talking about look interesting. I have seen darkling beetles eat live pray once. Most exciting for me right now is I just started breeding grasshoppers, Melanoplus bivittatus. I have lots of eggs now. Gotta figure out what is next. Still, most of the day they just sit there looking stoned, then once in a while a male starts twitching and following a female around. Breeding may take 10 hours... taking that long its not exciting. Also trying black soldier flies. Love watching them eat, I let them loose in a room in the house, they like landing on people, and some managed to get outside. But no mating yet despite my attempts to create a romantic ambiance. I kept a giant water bug in the past, that was interesting. It killed everything in the aquarium. Frogs, fish... everything. Have to watch your fingers. Ants are seldom boring. They are always doing something. Or if you get really daring, try raising paper wasps in captivity.
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    What kind of roach is this?

    This is just a guess, but I'd venture to say species 53... ? or maybe Eurycotis floridana. But something keeps telling me it is probably species 53.
  6. Redmont were you ever able to import katydids or grasshoppers? The process seems full of red tape.
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    Surinam roaches

    Surinams for months, just a little substrate and dump in whatever food you want. They ate almost everything. But I kept them in a very small enclosure and it went from damp to wet, and I started losing them. Basically keep in semi-damp substrate, not wet, and no more than 50% roaches to substrate should be ok. I moved them when the substrate had turned to mud and I had lost 30%. Moved to a huge container... the gnats invaded. Last check I couldn't find any so I might be looking for more soon. Can't let gnats out... hate those things. Actually I probably still have them in there somewhere... they seemed very resilient. Loved how they ate everything and didn't want to escape.
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    New here!

    welcome... I've not had a problem with a few darkling larvae with the dubia, I've not thought of isopods. Isopods may be a good idea with the centurions that don't always finish the food? And the banana roaches? Those are the two that never seem to finish. Is that the idea?
  9. I think it was a few here and there, hanging out wherever they could get something to drink. if you think about it... condensation in the bathroom after a hot shower or splashes near the dog's water bowl are probably enough.
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    I’m back!

    Welcome back! and Congrats! Woulda thought old Marcus would at least wait until they were teenagers ...
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    Madagascar hissers have babies!

    Oh boy. Now you're in for it. Get ready for all the crying, the diaper changes, all the late night feedings, and just wait until they figure out how to get out of their crib! Congrats on your new handful!
  12. Hahah! Should try that out sometime. "For auction, 8 week old schnauzer feeder puppies" I did get temporarily suspected for not following their rules, but I managed to get away with it for a while before they cracked down on me. In my defense I thought the rule was rather open to interpretation... a knock off monopoly board game I don't see promoting violence as they claimed.
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    Cheap Egg Crates

    I buy a 5-dozen box of eggs at Walmart once a month. A friend has a restaurant connection to get his free.
  14. That is in fact commonly touted as a black tiger hisser what he's trying to sell there. I have some, not from him, but another breeder. Love em. http://limberlostexotics.com/tiger-hisser-gromphadorhina-grandidieri-black/ His ebay feedback is pretty good. 99.7 positive with over 1000 reviews aint shabby at all.
  15. I have a friend that had some escape and it took him 2 years to get his house free of them. And it's pretty dry here in Colorado. I can for sure see them surviving in a bathroom or kitchen. So far I had several escape but I managed to capture them immediately afterwards. So glad they can't climb. I just started with these too. No substrate, just water crystals and dry feed always available and feed fresh food once or twice a week. First batch of ooths didn't hatch, I tried misting but no luck. I stopped misting, now I have some babies. Do the ooths need to stay dry but humid or... ?
  16. Friend feeds his tegu with them. Tegu and cat might not get along. Pacu (common fish in pet stores) eats anything. Including raw chicken including bones. They were fun until they destroyed the filtration / aeration system in their tank and died.
  17. I kept mine in a clear jar for a long time, vent cut / glued on the screw-on lid. They do seem to appreciate the space now that they are out of the jar.
  18. Marlon


    I clean dubias once a year, keep it dry. On a heat pad most of the time keeps it dry. No substrate. Put food on a disposable plate (piece of plastic, a lid, whatever) in case it goes bad. I keep one superworm in right now to cleanup what I miss.
  19. For the record, the powdered pig chow (plus water crystals) is working out great for the babies. The adults just nibble and prefer lower protein food from what I can tell. So for the colony I am doing that plus a wide variety of table scraps and fresh veggies and old mushrooms. I've been noticing species specific preferences, for instance, the flat horned hissers don't seem to like seaweed+sesame oil, while red runners fight over it. I set up a time lapse cam on the red runners to see what food they prefer and the results were interesting. I just want to come up with an appropriate arthropod / home mini-ranch hobby youtube name and I'll start uploading bug vids.
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    Hisser health

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    roach racks

    I had missed this post, glad you brought it up. I party with my bugs too, but just the black soldier fly larvae and superworms I share beer with. Now that I know the roaches are down, I might buy them a round too. That's a nice link for shelving parts. I got similar full shelves on ebay for a great price and some heavy duty shelves on Craigslist. I use them for "giant rabbit" cages. The roaches are on on pegboard wooden shelves (so very adjustable) with harbor freight foam anti-fatigue mats down first for nice looking insulation, then a waterproof heating pad, so less heat is lost to the bottom of the mat or dissipated into the shelf. You could do similar with the wire shelves with an insulative bottom, perhaps some kind of foam or wooden board. I'm almost done with my closet setup and I'll post pics soon. For the hissers and dubias who I worry less about escapes (except babies), I prefer the side vents. That lets me stack them if I need to when moving them around and keeps the heat in better. For others that want substrate, I like the top vent. Turkestan, I feel safer with a top vent.
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    Worms came out of dead roach?

    I had that with a millipede too. I was wandering the jungle trails in Malaysia late one night and found a huge beautiful millipede on the trail. Forget which species. It only lived a day before worms started crawling out of it. I guess it was on the trail because it felt sick. That memory still disturbs me. Eaten alive...
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    Goodbye for now...

    Yah man, no doubt. When things are good we can afford some extra indulgences in hobbies, when things go south I kind of wonder what the heck I am doing. I think a lot has to do with dopamine. When you hit crisis time, the dopamine reward for something that was interesting, like a few new species, just doesn't show up (or not enough to make a dent in the void of dopamine that the crisis presents). Its not priority anyway, unless it happens to be your job. You're good at the hobby, have taught many others so that's and awesome experience. You can leave completely and come back later and I'm sure everyone will get you restarted with what ever you want C ya around bro! #RoachThugs4Life
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    Anyone used Abound / Other food questions

    Bunny chow is a high (~14%) protein food but is clearly not a favorite. They eat a little but take forever. It goes faster if soaked in fruit juice. About the same with coffee grounds. I found ground pig food is a great choice; it is 15% protein and super cheap in 50lb bags; cheaper than rabbit and dog food. Feed it to and make bedding for meal and super worms too. And entirely vegetable based. The baby roaches of various kinds are eating it up. The adults prefer fresh veggies more. Best results with dubias I've had are to have ground pig chow to a powder and give with water crystals always available, with a variety of fruits, veggies, and various table scraps rotating through. Dried mango was a huge hit and doesn't readily go bad if you keep the bin dry enough and give water crystals (chopped up the mango and dried it in the fridge).
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    Worms came out of dead roach?

    Had a sick dubia, picked it up, maggots started jumping ship. It was alarming and VERY disturbing as I was holding it. Figure out it was an injury and phorid flies had laid eggs on the roach and were eating it alive. cleaned out the bin and keep it drier now, no more problems. Might be what you got, its quite common to get them in the colony.