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    Choice of feeder roach

    smaller roaches in general are semipest or pest species they all produce fast try one of the larger blaberus species or even A.tessalata they are large roaches when older but all start out very small 1/8-1/4 inch the plus you can sell or even keep them as pets I would suggest a non climbing species the smaller the harder to contain
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    another species ID

    I found this guy in our glow spot bin very odd because it was all adults till they just started producing 2 months ago this is not a species I have in my collection and does not look like anything ive even seen (limited experience) it can not climb,looks to still be a nymph (similar looking to a Eublaberus species but not sure,its about 1.5 inches http://tinypic.com/r/qrnqjd/5 http://tinypic.com/r/20ib8fr/5 http://tinypic.com/r/2en24vl/5 very cute nymph I would like to also find out the info cause im now interested in starting a colony lol thank you mike panzarella
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    another species ID

    I looked at the face of an adult and they look the same just the nymphs face has alot more color to it. in the bin we have the mushrooms set up just waiting for them to grow out
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    another species ID

    yeah the color on the back and the face really looked off to me from the other large nymphs before they became adults. the nymph was also bigger in both thickness and length then the adults. guess I have too small a sample size to really think its not a glow spot we only had about 10 nymphs become adults with us so far I was judging by them.
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    Roach set ups

    http://tinypic.com/r/flwns7/6 http://tinypic.com/r/b63sis/6 http://tinypic.com/r/sls2lh/6 http://tinypic.com/r/n6uatx/6 the 1st two on the tank racks im starting for a few smaller colonies substrate is mix of cocohusk,moss,leaf litter with cork bark and some plants (no pesticides used to grow them lol) the last two are the tub rack we moved out a few species for the tanks but still have turks,dubia,and hissers on the rack all small 56qt bins have 10 egg crates the larger 54gal bins hold 20 egg crates its still a work in progress need to expand the rack down 40 more inches and up 30 more inches its all heated useing flexwatt Orangeheads are in the large 55gal tank (only one with out a label)
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    Blaberus id

    no such thing as too cheap its more how long you are willing to wait to get the price your comfortable paying I wouldnt discredit B.fusca they are a cool species check the size theres a big difference B.Gigantues is one of the longest species in the hobby if not the longest they will be more in the 3-4inch range
  7. this pic was shared by Melvyn Yeo normally he has the species ID but even this one eludes him any help would be great thank you in advance
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    Blaberus id

    by all three I meant B.Gigantues,B Craniifer,and B fusca the two cave species are B Gigantues and B fusca
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    Blaberus id

    they look like B. Giganteus to me but its not a very good picture nothing to size them by B.Craniifer (pure stock) have black wings B.fusca look just like B.Giganteus but the size difference is a dead give away but also like zoo said no one can 100% determine by a picture heres a pic of all three in a small bin http://tinypic.com/r/k36s9k/5 heres a pic of the two cave roaches side by side http://tinypic.com/r/2ry0eaa/5
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    Glow Spot roach care

    they dont have wings we keep ours on mulch,eco earth,moss bedding about 5 inches deep with cork bark scattered around uptop also keep them on a similar diet to our other roaches carrots,oranges,dried leaves,and our roach chow (grain based) they dont seem to show more interest for any one food we are just careful and take out the carrots and oranges before they mold (also am very curious if they have a fav food) as for them glowing I hope its true have a bunch of the glow mushrooms set up waiting for them to grow out too feed them
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    feeding a bunch of different species

    We have 12 going on 13 different species just wanted to see what everyone else uses as there staple diets for these roaches 1. Blatta/Shelfordella Laterlis 2.B.Craniifer 3.B.Discoidalis 4.B.Giganteus 5.E.Sp Ivory 6.E.Posticus 7.G.Portentosa 8.L.Subcincta 9.N.Rhonbifolia 10.A.Tesselata 11.B.Dubia 12.E.Floridana 13 E.Decipiens all of the Roaches get the chow we use its a grain based chow,oranges,carrots laterlis,dubia,hissers are on egg crates they only get the things listed above the other species get the above listed stuff but are housed on two mulch mixes,mixed with leaf litter (oak mostly),and eco earth.they have cuts of a fallen tree,and cork bark just wondering if theres anything else that will help boost them like lettuces,fruits,veggies,ect we dont use any products like baby food or other heavy liquid products to avoid mold build up,and constant maintenance thanks mike
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    B.Craniifer die off problem

    this colony to start off was 100 mixed nymphs 6 adults kept if a 56qt bin with 35% hole cut and screened for ventilation as this colony grew we noticed a superworm colony was also starting to grow it killed 7 adults (no nymphs) we got rid of the majority of the supers (all that we could find) few weeks later the colony is doing great 15-20 new adults molted all doing well after a few weeks I noticed one had died then a few days later another so I checked the bin for superworms and nothing I then moved them into a 45gal bin the front is about 80% screen it seems every few days I find a dead adult and I cant figure out why they are fed the same diet as always:roach chow,oranges,carrots,lettuce,bug burger (when Im not to lazy to make it) the substrate is eco earth,mulch,leaf litter,moss with dead branches and cork bark the deep end has about 6in for them to dig and what not I mist the bins every other day,the mist is depends on how much moisture is already in the bin im finding is very odd that its only adults and I think its mostly females dont always check the sex any Ideas the pic is the start of the bin alot more branches and cork bark was added it wouldnt let me upload that pic
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    How have cockroaches changed your life?

    I have always loved reptiles growing up have tons of experience with many different species to start we were breeding ball pythons tons of fun and very rewarding but we wanted to try something else so we traded a few snakes and got a few pairs of bearded dragons.we instantly fell in love with these little dog like reptiles lol.from there we went up to about 20 adult dragons doing all the research we found that the roaches were the best food for them and spending all that money on crickets and worms was getting a little much. so we got out 1st colony of B.Dubia about 100 females and they produced well but not even close to enough so we invested alot more to expand the colony to be able to feed all the dragons and the babies. this is how things changed for me. Rich my business partner and cousin took care of all the reptiles and left me to keep then insects the problem was Im allergic to adult Dubia but really like taking care of them and just playing around with them from there we got G.proentensa and Eublaberus Posticus. I very much enjoyed watching these colonies grow and as they grew so did my fascination (seems like obsession lol) I started buying more species I picked up B.Laterlis,B.Craniifer,and A.tesselata. still wanting more over the next few months spent countless hours researching,learning,and looking for new species I made some big purchases adding E.SP Ivory,L.subcincta,e.floriana,N.Rhombifolia,E.decipiens,T.Olegrandjeani,B.giganteus,B.discoidlis and Keith gave us 2 female G.Oblongonota we now have 15 species of roaches,4 species of mantis,3 worms,and stick bugs and im happier then ever if we had not moved into Roaches by now we would of been done breeding reptiles the amount of work and money it cost to raise them was just insane it also changed our view with the business we decided to make prices reasonable for people to buy feeders and experience the roaches as pets granted all of our prices are not low its generally based off of how much we paid and how large our stock is most of our feeder prices are much lower then other places and once the colonies of the pet roaches grow out more we will lower the prices the best we can. sorry for the long story lol just one I actually love telling even when most people are like you breed roaches ewwwww
  14. these nymphs look all about to molt and the adults are giants lol found one of the nymphs molting this morning very impressive http://tinypic.com/r/2vt9n4x/5 http://tinypic.com/r/a0zzgk/5 http://tinypic.com/r/dgnjt4/5 http://tinypic.com/r/6drho4/5 http://tinypic.com/r/ku7x5/5
  15. lost one adult still have 5 going strong hopfully they will produce well such a cool species oh satchell I got in about 100 more Harliquins we might sell/trade off 20-25 more if you want to try and work something out you can hit me up on facebook
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    B.Craniifer die off problem

    that sounds like something to try I wouldnt use dog food but cutting down the ventilation could help build the humidity higer and add more platforms our Eublaberus Posticus is set up that way and it consistently producing more then enough
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    B.Craniifer die off problem

    I was saying my thermostat is set to that not all of the bin will reach that temp we use heat tape its very simple set up
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    List of possible blaberus hybrids

    https://www.sites.google.com/site/cockroachcare/zz---the-hybrid-problem this was a good read about hybirds
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    species ID this might be a hard one

    yeah its hard when the guy who lives there,and photographs insects for a hobby cant identify the species lol ill pass the info on hope maybe one day I can get a few to start a colony
  20. the last one molted to Adult just fine all the adults are doing great so far I tried to upload pics but tinyeye kept freezing on me here are some http://tinypic.com/r/bhyivc/5 http://tinypic.com/r/25pu9oo/5 http://tinypic.com/r/mwcv80/5
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    Feed this to your Dubia (secret food weapon) :)

    rapashey did a study wile formulating his bug burger product very good read but seems I can never find it when this comes up lol wile this study was done on B.Dubia im sure it would hold true for the majority of roach species. his studies show the same thing higher protein diets on not good for roaches actually can be fatal and even further they could potentially be hazardous to feed to your animals. we started out using dog and cat food mixes,then switched to a wholesale product we purchased from a website that worked great (grain based) all over improvement from there we formulated our own chow that we use for all our roach species some dont eat it but its still offered these are species that eat more leaves and dead woods for our feeder species this is all they feed on and they eat a ton in the last two months we have used about 75lbs of our chow
  22. all the adults are still fine and well out of the 6 nymphs 2 have completed their molts to adult and are doing great sadly two others died during molting one other died premolt and one still running around ill see if a can get a video or some pics up today they are gorgeous
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    B.Craniifer die off problem

    they are on flexwatt set to 90 4in sorry forgot to add that all our racks are heated I check the tape all the time to make sure its hot but ill have to go in the bins and manually check them the room itself doesnt go below 75 we incubate and raise alot of mantis also
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    B.Craniifer die off problem

    today I found a male saturday it was a female
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    Roach set ups

    I like to think of us as both a collector and distributor B.Dubia sell like crazy we sell over 50k a month the other 13-14 species we have only two are available for sale but they dont sell as well Blatta Laterlis,and Eubleberus Posticus the collection consists of B.Dubia E.posticus B.laterlis G.Portentosa A.Tesselata B.craniifer B.Gigenteus B.Discoidlis E.Ivory L.Subcincta N.Rhombifolia T.Petiveriana E.decipiens E.Floridana G.Oblononota think thats all 15 species not all are large colonys most are very small or just nymphs for the moment we also changed a few things around we had to add a new rack and started using smaller bins for the small colonies (as long as the species will fit)