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Everything posted by Longhorn1234

  1. I just throw some hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and shredded coconut in a coffee grinder. Granted that I always have those seeds on hand for my consumption (except coconut but it's pretty cheap). The roaches seem to like it and I haven't had any problem with roaches or mites infesting the colonies.
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    Isopods slowly dying off

    Oniscidea is the suborder I believe. Is that all it said? They normally tell you what species they are.
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    Isopods slowly dying off

    Personally, I have never had any die when introduced in a new enclosure. Are the banana peels organic? If they're not organic, they could have some pesticide residue. I'm not sure this is the issue, but it's something to think about.
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    Rotting wood

    How should rotting wood feel to the touch? I've read on other forums that good rotting wood should be white to pale yellow and easily crumble. I found a log that meet those requirements but it also feels "spongy" and soft. Is that normal or should it be hard to the touch but still crumble?
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    What do you use for substrate?

    I normally do 2 parts of coco fiber, 2 parts of sphagnum moss, 1 part of coco husk chips, and 1/2 part of charcoal. Then I just add some decent amount of crushed leaves and mix it all up. So far I haven't had any problems with that. Edit: I honestly don't know if it really matters the amounts of each haha
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    What do you use for substrate?

    The substrate I use is coco fiber, sphagnum moss, coco husk chips, crushed dried leaves, and charcoal. Then a layer of leaf litter and bark/branches for hiding. I use the same substrate for all roaches and isopods. The only thing that changes is how dry/moist the substrate must stay depending on the specie
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    Hello from Indy

    Welcome! What species do you keep?
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    Suggest me a species!

    These are based on species I keep, but my favorites are Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" and Blaberus craniifer (which you already have) for non-climbing species. Climbing species I like Panchlora nivea and Gina centurio. Although p. nivea adults are escape artists, but nothing that a gasket bin can't fix.
  9. Any update on the half and half guy?
  10. How do people who sell surinam roaches sort through and count them?
  11. If I remember correctly, the scientific name was changed and is now Pseudoglomeris magnifica
  12. I keep my colony in a balcony closet year round. In the winter, the temperatures normally get as low as 40 in there and my colony is still alive. I honestly feel like there are more roaches than 3 months ago, so they might have reproduced even in the cold temperatures, but it does seem at a slower rate than in the hot summer months.
  13. Females also have wings, but I believe males have longer wings
  14. That's awesome, you should definitely try to breed them and see how it turns out. Ahh lucky you, nothing like going to collect stuff in the woods. Hope you find something cool!
  15. I also always find surinam roaches with isopods. I'm still trying to catch some pseudomops septentrionalis or panchlora nivea. Do you mind posting a picture of the orange isopods you found? I love orange everything haha
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    How big are your Armadillidium vulgare?

    Besides armadillidium vulgare, we do have porcellio laevis and I believe it's Porcellionides floria (very similar to powder blues but not the same). To be honest, I am not sure if they are floria or pruinosus. I was mostly wondering if I could find armadillidium nasatum here in Austin. Thanks for that website, I'll definitely check it out!
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    How big are your Armadillidium vulgare?

    Have you only found vulgare in Texas? I'm wondering what other armadillidium could be found in here
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    How big are your Armadillidium vulgare?

    That's very interesting. I'm going to try to replicate that. I'm also in Texas and have seen some vulgares in the wild that are around 2cm long, but they're uncommon. I'll just have to go outside and pick some up
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    Introducing myself

    I have been a member of this forum for a while now but never introduce myself. I have been keeping roaches and isopods for about a year now. I started keeping roaches as feeders but then I fell in love and now I keep them as pets. Anyway, just wanted to say it's great being part of this amazing forum and I hope I can keep learning from all of the experts out there!
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    Rhino roaches

    How many instars do rhino roaches go through before reaching adulthood?
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    Rhino roaches

    Thanks hisserdude!
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    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    I second grasshoppers or katydids. I think they are cool looking and can be used as feeders, and as you know chams love them. Mantids would be another cool option but do seem to require more work and space.
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    Ideas on how to collect P. americana from my school

    Do you have any wooded areas around where you live? You can try looking in the leaf litter for tiny nymphs