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    Keeping inverts, especially cockroaches! Also gardening, reading, playing Monster Hunter and watching pop culture shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Doctor Who, TWD, etc.

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  1. Hisserdude

    Howdy everybody !!!

    Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it here!
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    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Nymphs are doing good, many from the recent wave of births are nearly half grown already! And I got some decent pictures of my biggest female next to two males, (and some other random adult pictures too).
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    What do you keep your gyna species in?

    No problem, happy to help!
  4. Hisserdude

    Hello from Russia!

    I decided to revisit this topic, and found that the above paper describes G.grandidieri males as having a black thorax, and purple-brown abdomen, like this wild individual. However, besides that one black female in the above paper, it seems that most wild grandidieri females are a similar shade of brown... See this female, almost certainly grandidieri given the range, (and was ID'd by George Beccaloni, the person who photographed the wild male G.grandidieri above). Basically, while there may be the occasional black G.grandidieri in the wild, it's probably rare. I really think Jörg's stock are either line bred G.portentosa, line bred "portentosa" hybrids, or perhaps whatever the sp. "Black Tiger" are in the US, (which are supposedly line bred from the same stock as the tiger hissers, in Europe called "Princisia vanwaerbeki - Tricolor", in US called "Gromphadorhina grandidieri"). If you need more proof, George Beccaloni says true grandidieri have sharp, small tubercles on their abdomens, whereas the small tubercles on most hissers are smooth. Also, from what I've seen, wild grandidieri tend to have noticeably more granulated exoskeletons than other Gromphadorhina, no matter the color. So I'm sorry, but those hissers you have from Jörg almost certainly aren't Gromphadorhina grandidieri, it appears there aren't any real grandidieri in the hobby yet.
  5. Hisserdude

    What do you keep your gyna species in?

    Try a gasket tub, those are good and what I'm currently using for my Gyna capucina.
  6. Hisserdude

    Feeding question ~

    Yeah I'd assume both would be safe to feed them.
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    L. verrucosa coloration

    Hmm, that's weird, the first one's definitely female, as for the bottom one it does kinda look like a male due to the little "horns" on the pronotum, but I've never seen one without glowspots... Then again, some L.verrucossa males can come out with four glowspots, so I feel like it's probably possible for the rare spotless male to come out too... A ventral shot of the last few abdominal segments would cinch it.
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    Incubation ootheca of Polyphaga

    I kept them fairly dry, in my Polyphaga enclosures there was always a corner or two of the substrate kept moist, the rest was bone dry. Some of the oothecae seemed to mold over or rot if kept in the wettest parts of the enclosure too long, they seemed to do best in the dryer parts of the enclosure. That said, they probably did benefit from the slightly higher ambient humidity in the enclosure, (due to the small, humid areas of the substrate), I think they'd probably do poorly without any humidity whatsoever. I kept mine at around 74-76F°, might have risen to 80F° in the summers. I think both my P.saussurei and P.aegyptiaca oothecae took over 7 months to hatch, however that time would probably have been shortened had I kept mine warmer.
  9. Hisserdude

    Porcellio magnificus

    Dang, sorry to hear that... At that point I usually attribute random deaths to lack of ventilation or humidity levels being too high, but if neither of those were the problem, I truly don't know what was...
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    Porcellio magnificus

    Was the colony male heavy, and were most of the deaths of sexually mature females? I've had lots of trouble with Spanish Porcellio males killing females, probably due to continuous mating attempts leading to stress... Removing the males or only having one male in at a time in my starter colonies usually fixed the issue.
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    Small sized feeders

    Compsodes schwarzi are basically as close as you can get to fruit flies as far as readily available feeders go, easier to rear and quite prolific if set up correctly, I'd recommend them for sure. @Bmaines96 sells them, though he's more active on Facebook.
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    calcium

    I kept all my isopod species without calcium supplements besides whatever was in their leaf litter and dog/chick feed, never had any issues... @Allpet Roaches (Orin McMonigle) has reared most of his species without additional calcium supplements as well, some of his colonies are decades old and still thriving without them, which leads me to believe all the "isopods need extra calcium to grow/breed well" stuff is BS... 😅
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    Roach Crossing

    Who knows, sometimes he'll be quite responsive, other times, not so much.
  14. Hisserdude

    Tiny white balls in coco fiber

    Can cause problems for burrowing species when it turns the substrate into a solid slab of mycelium... Hardy, non-burrowing species won't mind it that much though so long as they've got lots of hides, then you can let the fungus die out naturally.
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    Hemiblabera tenebricosa

    Yes mine bred well at room temps, though they definitely breed faster in the higher end of that range, (not THAT much faster though). I no longer have mine, but those are the temps I kept them at, had them on a couple inches of moist coconut fiber, fed them dog food, fruits and veggies, and gave them a moderate amount of ventilation. They are a very simple species to cultivate.
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