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  1. 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?

    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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    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.
  4. 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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    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.
  7. I keep gigantea (green bean stick), was wondering if I could keep them with substrate to take care of the poop. Only thing is I want to hatch the eggs, would the eggs be fine in the substrate? Would springtails eat the eggs? I'd be hesitant to use isopods or anything else because they tend to eat eggs. Anyone have any thoughts on this??? I've been searching for it everywhere, but mainly see people using paper towels.
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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.
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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.
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Hmm wondering if that's what has caused me some problems with several of my roach species. Nothing terrible, just slow to reproduce and low population. I just attributed that to the species though. Only roaches I ever had die out completely were 3 adult peppered roaches which remains a mystery.
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Thank you, I'll give it a try then and go with springtails(probably no other safe cuc out there huh?). I definitely do not trust the isopods lol, those things are ravenous, at least the species I keep. Never witnessed them attack/bite anything living, but I see them clean up dead feeders and chameleon poop within hours. Been worrying about having them in with my small roach nymphs even.
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    Phasmids kept bioactively???

    Thank you so much! That eases my mind. I was hoping the eggs could hatch out of the substrate even when misted daily(D gigantea enjoy a lot of water and they drop eggs to the ground from what I've read). Maybe some other isopods are fine with the eggs, I don't trust the giant canyons isos I use in most of my bio set ups. Never witnessed them gnaw at any live inverts/animals, but will eat eggs. They ate up my cham's infertile eggs and were eating my snail eggs for a good 9 months before i caught on lol. I think springtails should be fine though. I have no problem with the sticks all hatching in my enclosure, it's pretty large and I've heard the D gigantea benefit from being with the adults in order to learn to eat. I have chameleons to thin the population as well. Maybe I'll collect some eggs and hatch them separately on paper towel and then add substrate and see how the hatch rates compare.
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    I found this in the bin

    Isopods/springtails love fungus IME
  18. I already add oak leaves to pretty much all of my natural enclosures. Was wondering if anyone keeps species that enjoy these types of leaves. I'm pretty sure they're all safe and nutritious. In the winter a lot of their leaves drop, was thinking of using them as leaf litter/food. I offer them fresh and green too as food/gutload, but my roaches don't really seem interested in eating them. I keep chameleons primarily, but have roaches as feeders/pets. I try to make sure whatever they're eating is also nutritious for the chams. So just interested in hearing your thoughts on using these leaves(or any others).
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    Mulberry, grape, fig, hibiscus leaves?

    Thanks guys. I was wondering about the fig, mulberry, and grape leaves. In the fall they die and I have a bunch for leaf litter. And during the spring/summer was thinking of using them as a fresh food source(if any of my colonies will eat them). I know the fig and mulberry have latex sap, but I'm not sure if that bothers the roaches at all. I know for people to eat them they need dried out(or risk stomach upset/rash).
  20. Isnt leaf litter high in tannins? and I was also made aware awhile back that orchid bark may not be great. I've used all of that and more(before I knew) and all 15 of my colonies still seem to be doing well. I know that probably doesn't help much, but figured I'd share my experience.
  21. Okay to start, they are in separate bins, but these are my latest roach species and the only ones that are having problems. I got 3 adult peppereds(all of which slowed down and died) and 5 mixed size giant cave roaches(just found 1 dead, but others running around seemingly fine) when I purchased. I keep all of my roaches in a heated, unfinished basement room(I live in PA, gets cold in the winter). There are lots of spiders and occasionally some get into the bins, but none of them are dangerous or large. Not sure if that could cause any of the problems. I also found some flies on the dead ones. Looked like large tan gnats that hopped around, I suspect could be phorid, but there were only like 2-3. The room is about 75 at the floor up to mid/high 80s at ceiling. I kept both my peppered and cave roach bins in the center, around 80 give or take. Everything I keep in the room with great success so far: Regular hissers , Halloween hissers, dubia, orangehead, ivory, discoid, yellow porcelain, centurion, chrome, surinams, banana, giant banana I kept the peppered and giant caves in similar bin set ups... few inches moist coco fiber/moss/leaf litter/bark substrate with cork bark on top. Lids with a few large holes. Springtails/isopod CuC. Might be some darkling beetles as well. I'd like to try these again, but want to figure out what the deal was and make sure if I fix any problems. If there's anything I should change, or any info I left out, let me know! Thanks for reading
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    Got some pictures... bins are 2 feet long x 1 foot high, and a foot front to back. Have about 3ish-4inches substrate. The cork bark was actually on its sides more vertically, but I ripped it all apart when I was looking for any survivors so that's why a lot is laying down flat. .... well now I cant upload. Apparently the size isn't right?
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    Man, I never even thought about that. I just added it in because I know people use it in some bio substrates for reptiles. I do know that pine is no bueno, but didn't cross my mind with orchid bark. I can say none of my other roaches seem to have problems with it. All my roaches have substrate other than my orangeheads and dubia, but I'm going to eventually change them over as well.
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    Peppered roach and giant cave roach deaths

    Interesting, I never heard of that. What's bad about it? I just randomly add it to most of my substrate mixes. Never thought it could be problematic.
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