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  1. Longhorn1234

    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    Ah yes, the pictures thing. I still have no idea how to upload pictures haha
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    I've never used orchid bark, I just use coconut husk chips and sphagnum moss to aerate the substrate (coco fiber). Hopefully someone who has more experience with orchid bark can chime in. But if your other roaches have no problems then it's most likely not the orchid bark.
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    If I remember correctly, pine is toxic because of some natural chemicals in them. I am not sure on other softwoods such as fir. But then again, some people use cypress mulch with no problem. So I wonder if it's just pine or all softwoods that are toxic. It seems that to be safe people just say stay away from softwoods and use hardwoods instead. Again, I'm not saying that the orchid bark caused this. But I do wonder if that's a possibility, other than you just got old roaches.
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    That sucks. Hopefully the rest of your giant cave roaches stay healthy and reproduce. Do you use orchid bark with your other roaches? I always read that you should avoid soft woods but then I've seen some people use orchid bark in their enclosures with no problems (orchid bark is usually made with softwood, I believe). Hopefully someone more experienced will chime in.
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    Did you get the peppered roaches as adults? Could it be that you were given old roaches and died of old age? It seems your set up is fine. Where did you get your leaf litter? And what kind of bark did you use in your substrate? And as mentioned above, they need vertical cork bark to climb on.
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    Sterilizing leaves

    They were oak and maple leaves and yes, they were dried and brown. I might try it in the microwave next time and see how that works. Around how much water do you use for the leaves?
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    Sterilizing leaves

    Is it normal for dead dried leaves to "rehydrate" after being boiled for sterilization purposes? Mine went from dried and easily crushable to green and rubbery. Does this happen when you boil them and if so, around how long do you let them dry again before giving them to your roaches?
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    Surinam roaches

    Nice man, welcome to the forum!
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    Surinam roaches

    Yes, I have the same username in the chameleon forum
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    Surinam roaches

    Nice! Thank you for that answer. I might just take it out then haha
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    Surinam roaches

    Do you even bother to offer cork bark to surinam roaches? They seem to be buried all the time, even the adults. Now I wonder if I really need any cork bark or wood for them. I have a nice piece of cork bark in their enclosure and if they don't really use it then I could just use it in another enclosure. How do you keep yours? Thanks
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    Identifying wood?

    Thank you! I appreciate that response
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    Identifying wood?

    When you go to a wooded area to collect bark/logs/branches, do you just collect from the ground or take it off the tree, or what do you do? If you pick it up from the ground how do you know is something suitable for roaches? I've read pine and other softwoods are not suitable, so I'm wondering how do you make sure you pick the right thing and not something harmful.
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    DIY Modified Sterilite Gasket Tubs from Target

    Did we ever get a tour video of his colonies? Can anybody post a link, if there is one? Thanks
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    Do roaches know when it's feeding time?

    I do use a feeding container for E. Posticus since that's my only colony that I keep without substrate. I agree, it would be interesting to find out why they're doing that, maybe it's just a coincidence, who knows haha. But roaches do exhibit interesting behaviors that's for sure. I'm just a beginner roach keeper so I haven't seen enough, hopefully one of the experts can chime in.