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  1. 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
  2. So I bought these a while back, I could definitely tell what I think were the giant females. They were noticeably larger. I'm not sure if the others are males, or regular banana roaches. Im also unsure if they can hybridize if they happen to be mixed together... I'd really like to get a steady colony of giants going, but I haven't seen any of the really large(relatively speaking) ones in a long time. Mainly just nymphs. I recently put them in a new bin without isopods stressing them out so hopefully that helps with the breeding.
  3. Thank you for replying. I've been in the middle of a move, meant to respond sooner. I got mine from Cape cod roaches. There were definitely some giants, they were much bigger and noticeably acted different(liked to fly). They died, but there are still a lot of nymphs. I've found some adults, but they were tiny, looking like regulars. Haven't seen any large adults since. I've had them for probably 8 months or so(can't remember exactly).
  4. How would I know if I'm seeing giant green males or regular males?
  5. 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.
  6. Going on a post spree today lol... anyway, was wondering if some ody could recommend a staple protein source for roach colonies that isn't dog/cat/fish/etc food. Some of my roaches get fed off to chameleons and I'd prefer they only eat vegan sources if possible. Maybe some sort of seeds or nuts that would be affordable+nutritious?
  7. I use all of those seeds as well lol, thanks for responsing
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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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    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?
  13. 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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    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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. Know of any easy to breed arboreal species?
  20. 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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    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?
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    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.
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