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  1. Jimbobtom

    Mold on cork bark?

    These actually showed up in my snail bin out of nowhere, they must be the ones you're talking about. They seemed to do just enough cleaning while not seeming to bother the snails any. Which is nice with how messy they can be, but also sensitive to stress from cleaners running around.
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    Mold on cork bark?

    I think I know the ones you're talking about. Any idea where to get them?
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    What do you use for substrate?

    My buddy does tree removal. He does some big oak trees.... was wondering if the wood chips/leaves would make a good addition to the substrate? I could probably get some big bags of them.
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    Mold on cork bark?

    I haven't added any springtails just because I didn't want them to annoy the roaches. Think they'd be fine?
  5. I use cuttlebone in with my isopod colonies, but not usually in my other bins. I probably should! Good points though, my primary cuc across the board is porcellio dilatatus.
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    Mold on cork bark?

    Thank you, I had a feeling it could be due to that. I normally never sterilize cork bark, but it was previously used in another bin. Is the green mold harmful, will it hurt the banana roaches? If not I was thinking of just burying it like you said. In the past when mold has grown on bark due to food sitting on it too long, I've just covered it in the substrate and the mold disappeared. BTW the mold is the color of lichen you'd see growing on a tree
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    Mold on cork bark?

    So I just boiled some cork bark and put it in a new bin for my banana roaches. It got some green mold growing over it now after a couple days. I've never had cork bark grow mold before and all of the substrate is new. The bin is no more humid than others I've used... any idea what's up with this?
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    What do you use for substrate?

    Great, thank you! So when people mention rotting wood, where exactly do you get that?
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    What do you use for substrate?

    Does it really matter how much, or just mix some in?
  10. Was wondering what you all use in your substrate mix, mainly regarding species like: P Nivea Pycnoscelus surinamensis Archimandrita tesselata Blaberus giganteus Gyna centurio/lurida/caffrorum Hissers Etc... I was using orchid bark, but was told it could be harmful, any thoughts? I've also heard adding charcoal can help keep the substrate fresh... Is this true? Right now I plan to use coco coir, oak litter, possibly charcoal?, and sphagnum moss. Also using cork bark for hiding/climbing. Anything else I should add? Anything I should remove or make sure not to use? Anything species specific to mix in? This is a roach forum, but if anyone feels like answering, would this also make a suitable substrate for isopods? Sorry for so many questions. Just redoing all of my bins and want to make sure I have everything perfect.
  11. I've been redoing all of my colony bins... 1 at a time, lol taking forever. I have kept all cuc out just to be on the safe side. I think I have the springtails you speak of in with my surinam/green banana bin, but they don't seem bothered. They're thriving. The springtails are definitely abundant though, so I could see more sensitive species bothered by them for sure.
  12. I have gyna lurida, caffrorum, and centurio, along with panchlora(regular and apparently "giants" whatever species that is...). Pseudoglomeris magnifica look amazing! Are they hard to come by? Maybe one day try my hand at those. Or any other kinds of panchlora/gyna if there are any. As always, thank you hisserdude Sorry for hijacking OP!
  13. Was just wondering which CuC is recommended(if any). I made the wrong choice of using isopods with some of my species, stressing the roaches out. The cleaner beetles in large numbers seem to cause problems too. I use springtails with my stickbugs, not sure if they would bother the roaches? I also have several isopod colonies, wasn't sure if springtails should be with them or not? Any input is appreciated
  14. Know of any easy to breed arboreal species?
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    Hisser death, turned white almost like mold?

    Thank you for posting! This would make a lot of sense. I found a few surinams like this as well, but also a lot of the roaches lived for a long time(until I fed them off). Strange because i thought springtails would eat the mold, but I guess not this kind? The substrate is pretty deep, I found a few pockets of this greenish mold when digging around. Should I throw out my substrate, remove just those chunks of it, or ignore it? The isopods in there seem unbothered by it and are absolutely thriving, same with the springtails. Makes me wonder if the isopods were just stressing everybody out. And one other question, in a large bin, with small nymphs, tons of substrate, and lots of isopods... is there anyway to separate the nymphs? I have some porcelain roach nymphs in a relatively large bin. I think the isopods are bothering them, but it'd be near impossible to dig them all out to move. Any suggestions for doing this?