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  1. Jimbobtom

    A very sad pycnoscelus surinamensis colony

    I just keep springtails in there and they keep any mold away. Haven't had issues with it. The humidity is probably 100% since there's condensation throughout.
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    A very sad pycnoscelus surinamensis colony

    I have a colony living with green banana roaches. I don't know whether or not this is recommended, but mine have been doing well in a very humid airtight bin with a few inches substrate and a piece of cork bark. I've had them for almost a year now. I just drill a hole in the lid and plug with filter fiber, stays so humid that condensation forms on the sides.
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    Hisser death, turned white almost like mold?

    That would make sense, but I double checked and it is definitiely dead. I got a picture, but it won't let me upload? It almost looks like mycelium. I noticed today there was some green mold on it too, but there was also mold on some fruit I left in the bin, Not sure if the body is just molding at that point from being dead. The bin is very humid and moist with tons of springtails, green banana roaches, isopods, and surinams along with the hissers. I use this bin to feed out of for my chams. My main hisser colony is kept in much more dry conditions, though these ones seem to be thriving In the humid bin, they've been there for awhile, molting and growing. Have only seen this twice, but I wonder if it is humidity related? A bit off topic here, but does anyone here have thoughts on feeding out of a colony that may have consumed moldy food? Often stuff grows mold pretty fast, and I remove it, or let the clean up crew take care of it. I usually still use them as feeders figuring in the wild they would probably be eating things that eat mold/decaying matter pretty regularly. Never noticed any issues, but would like to hear anyone's thoughts.
  4. I've seen this twice over the past several months, a mid sized hisser nymph dead. In between the stripes and on the bottom they turned white so it looked like a zebra.
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    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    Old post, but I thought I'd share... I had a terrible problem with funghs gnats at one point. I keep chameleons that live in large bioactive enclosures and some were/are on permanent free ranges with large live plants. Obviously all the organic soil and such is a gnat magnet. One batch of soil was particularly bad, it erupted into a swarm of gnats, they were all through the house, I couldnt even breath without fear of them going in my mouth. Wifey was not happy, so I closed off the cham room and quickly tried everything possible. Sticky traps, apple cider vinegar, etc. didn't make a dent. Figured I was going to have to throw everything out and start fresh with sterile soil and more preventative measures. I figured I'd try one last thing. I had been wanting to get a little bit into the carnivorous plant hobby anyway, so I got a few for the heck of it. Two mexican butterworts, two sundews, and a nepenthes. I never thought these things would do much of anything in terms of controlling gnats, but man was I wrong. They absolutely decimated the gnats, within a week. There were barely any left even in the cham room, and the house had long been cleared. They all did a great job, but the sundews really went above and beyond with the gnat murder. To this day, I keep a few carnivorous plants in my reptile room. Haven't seen a gnat around the house since and that was a couple years ago. Now I get happy when I see one in an enclosure because I know it'll end up as free plant food in no time. Really one of the best investments I've made. By far the easiest and most fun(imo) gnat solution. And the simple beginner plants are extremely easy to care for if you give them what they need. Sorry for the long text. I just remember freaking out about these guys and reading all of the different methods, but no one ever seems to bring up how effective these plants are.
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    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Very cool! I will definitely give it a try if I can get my hands on some. Maybe when it warms up in a few months ill scout some areas out.
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    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Thank you for the suggestion, but I'm thinking the darkling/spider beetles would be too small? I'm feeding large chameleons atm, not sure what I'll end up getting in the future though. Usually the smallest I go for feeders now are large isopods and banana roaches.
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    Suggestions for odd/unique inverts to breed?

    Non toxic species of grasshoppers would be pretty cool. I'm in PA, but near the city so it's hard to find a lot. I've seen several large katydids over the summer, was trying to get some of them to breed, but no luck.
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Will do. Thank you again for the input. Always good to hear what others have to say here.
  10. Just interested in hearing anyone's ideas for something different to breed that could also be used as an occasional feeder. I have roaches(obviously lol), d gigantea(green bean sticks), snails, superworms, 8 isopod species including the large spanish p sevilla, and lastly not an invert, but working on a mourning gecko project. I have 2 panther chameleons and 1 yellow lip p parsonii, and plan to get some more once we buy a house. I try to feed my animals a huge variety and love raising different critters at the same time so I'm always looking for new ideas!
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Good point. my regular panchlora are thriving alongside surinams, but the giants are iffy atm. Definitely nymphs running around, but the adults don't seem to live that long and don't seem all that different in size compared to the regulars. Originally I put a cuc in all of my bins, not thinking the isopods would cause any issue. Now that they're there I'm not sure how to remove all of the roaches or isopods lol. Its several inches of substrate in bins about 1ftx2ft or so. Got cork bark too and I try to top off with leaf litter every once and awhile. Sorry I've gone way off subject with this thread lol
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Thanks for all of your responses. I went through my bins to get a better look. Seems like it's not as bad as I thought. Still finding the roaches, they may just be slow to grow/reproduce and I'm expecting more than i should. They're in pretty large bins relative to their sizes as well. There is tons of isopods(porcellio dilatatus), but with all the space/substrate hopefully they don't bother the roaches too much. When it warms up I might redo a bunch of my bins and clear out some isopods. Would be really cool to have a thriving colony of giant banana roaches.
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Not a bad idea. I get lazy on my projects in the winter though. When it warms up I'll probably change some stuff around. The ones I noticed that are very slow in particular Giant banana roaches Yellow porcelains Halloween hissers
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    I might go through and remove a large chunk of the isos in each bin. It'll be impossible to remove them all. I haven't ever noticed isopods biting live roaches, and I dont have any ooth species. I could see them overpopulating and causing some stress though. I usually leave plenty of carrots, leaves, and other food in the bins so everything has a chance for food though.