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    B. giganteus

    This pretty guy is my favorite!
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    B. giganteus

    I love it when they are new and white, I wish they stayed that way.
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    B. giganteus

    Sweet, thanks for the recommendation!
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    So many new species!

    I would love to see some people experiment with it while keeping strict documentation. I think that would be very interesting. I don't want to start a fight though! I suspect there are probably a couple of species that we don't think can hybridize that actually can.
  5. A couple years ago I had to sell off most of my roach colonies due to life circumstances, so I've been out of the hobby for a little bit. I'm just now beginning to get back into it in a serious way and it seems like while I was gone the hobby exploded with new species! I used to recognize just about every species posted and now they are mostly a mystery to me. I'm super excited to learn about all of these new roaches and to start building my collection again. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's nice to be back! Currently I own: A. tesselata G. portentosa B. dubia B. giganteus E. posticus B. craniifer/discoid hybrids (Don't kill me I didn't make them I just feed them to my other critters, my friend gave them to me.)
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    So many new species!

    Haha oh wow. Well all I know is they breed like mad and my beardie loves them. I asked the guy they came from he swears they are just craniifer/discoids. Who knows. I'll call them Baskin Robins roaches, 31 flavors.
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    B. giganteus

    Interesting, maybe because my experience is with so few that I'll run into this in the future, hopefully not. I have no problem at all with A. tesselatas though, I have two huge display tanks and I even gave away a bunch for free because of over crowding.
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    Blaptica dubia Unusual Coloration

    I'd be very interested to see this tested in a study.
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    So many new species!

    I love roachcrossing, when I first got into the hobby I got most of my colonies from Kyle actually. His selection and customer service is amazing! Here are some pictures of those hybrids. There is a lot of variation in the colony when it comes to size and color. There are some very light adults and some very dark ones. I have separated out some of the light ones before to see if it was just a molting issue where they hadn't hardened up enough yet, but nope, they stay light. Some of the nymphs are black and some look dubia color also. Some of my adults are the size of an A. tesselata, and some are not much bigger than an E. posticus.
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    B. giganteus

    Thank you! I was nervous to start breeding these because I have heard so many horror stories about them dropping dead all over the place for no reason. I haven't had any problems with them though and they are popping out babies like no one's business. They're actually getting a tank upgrade today because they are over crowding.
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    Who is eating your feeders?

    That's the whole series, sorry it wouldn't let me post it in one post.
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    So many new species!

    I've seen lots of people saying they have craniifer/discoid hybrids, really they can't hybridize? They are both Blaberus sp. though right?
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    So many new species!

    Hmm I don't know, I'm just going off what my friend told me, I can post some pictures later when I'm home.
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    Paint roaches can't climb

    I wouldn't use vaseline if the temps are going to be that high, it will just melt and run. I would either go with a completely closed off enclosure, or use a species of cockroach that doesn't climb glass. But since I'm a sucker for climbers, I would just do the screen vent idea.
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    So many new species!

    Thank you!
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    Who is eating your feeders?

    I have a bearded dragon, a bunch of tarantulas, and a couple of geckos, but the cutest thing that eats my cockroaches sometimes is my short tail possum, Walter.
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    Blaptica dubia Unusual Coloration

    I have a question Keith. You said that food plays no part in color but I was told differently. Do you have a source you can point me to so I can educate myself better on the subject? If this comes across critical of you in text I'm sorry, I don't doubt you, I'm just wondering if there are any papers on the subject or something.
  18. I would love to see a picture of the underside if possible please.
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    Roach Tattoo

    I'm working on a rain forest sleeve and I just HAD to put a roach in there. Absolutely gorgeous work done by Eddie at Skin Factory in Henderson, NV.
  20. I just wanted to make a little appreciation post for out little insect friends. I am a college graduate who became permanently disabled shortly after I got my degree. I was crushed.I had an amazing job lined up in my field and had to let it go. I had always been into insects from a small age. How many 4-year-olds will tell you they want to be an entomologist? A year and a half ago I decided to set up a small G. portentosa tank after I saw one at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans. A year and a half later I have breeding programs going on, 16 species with many more on my list, and I have decided to make this my job. I can still be sick and take care of all my roach bins, and they provide me endless entertainment in their display tanks when I am stuck in bed. Because of this hobby, I now have new goals that I am working toward and the motivation to carry them out. How has this hobby improved your life?
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    Mites

    Since I've started heating my tanks I have had an explosion of grain mites. Aside from being kind of gross, are these doing any harm to my roaches in large amounts? If they're not then I'll leave them be, they don't bother me, but if they are I need to overhaul my tanks. TIA.
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    Archimandrita tessellata

    I have a huge display tank for my A. tesselatas and there are always some out to see, at night it's a roach party! But they don't mind coming out during the day. And yes, they are very large. They are my favorite species, and OP yours are very beautiful.
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