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    Armadillidium hybrids

    Now I was thinking that the only Armadillidium I would feel confident keeping together because they seem so different is A. versicolor and A. klugii. There are some odd looking immatures in the enclosure that may prove that theory wrong.
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    Armadillidium hybrids

    I may be jumping the gun but the spots on some of the partly grown "klugii" look like short stripes (a line instead of a spot). They are only about 4 mm but I don't remember klugii babies looking like that before.
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  4. One thing to remember is if you house adults together for even a few hours you have probably destroyed your lines. Also nymphs can get into the wrong cage and grow up so if something looks off feed it to something before it matures. However, the hybrids have inconsistent color and horn structure among individuals whereas the pure stocks only throw a black or odd specimen on occasion (1% or less). I'm surprised the male in that photo is offspring from this colony since they nearly always have the gold borders. I traded them from someone on this forum a long time ago as Princisia giant but I don't know what they housed them with. My list has explanations: Tiger hissers namesake color, original pure 1996 stockStandard hissers (Gramphodorhina portentosa 1972 pure stock) "Princisia giant" commonly traded stock, adults usually with gold marginsGromphadorhina oblongonota untainted stock
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    Little Sea Isopod by the ocean?

    No, that's even sillier.
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    What's the species?

    Also, I can guarantee both specimens in your photo are females.
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    What's the species?

    It's a cosmopolitan species often traded as dwarf striped; genus Nagurus.
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    Little Sea Isopod by the ocean?

    I think murina means mouse but somebody found the originals in Florida (almost everything there is not too far from the ocean) and originally confused the species name with marina.
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    Rhino roach housing

    There aren't a lot of copies but it seems like the ones there are have a uniquely positive impact on the hobby. Glad to hear it.
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    Happy Earth Day!

    I didn't wish the earth happy birthday since it is trying to get rid of us.
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    Rhino roach housing

    By time I meant it takes less time to feed, water, and clean one enclosure so if you have them separate and don't have the time you might kill one that way in a few years.
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    Rhino roach housing

    I kind of think care info is either true, false, or more complicated than that. I don't think husbandry parameter data can actually be outdated if it worked at one time. I think this one is more complicated. If you have the space and time I think keeping medium to large specimens separately most of the time is great since there is some aggression that may over years stress out and kill weaker animals, however you may keep them all together without any of them dying prematurely (or if one dies at 6 years instead of 8 or 9 instead of 7, how would you know?).
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    Darkling Beetle Photo Thread

    I have not noticed cannibalism of healthy larvae within the same species even for the most aggressive one, Eleodes spinipes.
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    Cholla (Cactus) Wood?

    It's may be hard to get them out of it without damaging some of them. I like cholla for certain roaches but I think they're more resistant to getting knocked out of cholla with a hard thump since they don't have such a crunchy shell.
  15. Freezing doesn't do much unless you live in the tropics where few creatures can survive a winter. You can dry substrate on a tray but this can take weeks or months to kill every pest. Isopod hunters can survive months unseen inside a silk tube in soil or among plant material. You could buy some substrate from a pet shop or a garden shop.
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    Importing roaches

    It seems highly unlikely you'd get pure blooded hissers from overseas since the only really old stocks from the 1960's are in the US. More importantly you cannot get permits to import them and if you import them without permits you risk fines and imprisonment. We're all about regulations in North America.
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    Hi from Colorado

    Glad you're still enjoying your roaches.
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    Going rate for Discoid feeders..

    There is no way to gauge price till you see if anyone wants to buy them. Usually culture starts are a dozen for 10 or 12 bucks but in quantity the price goes down drastically. I'm referring to medium nymphs, tiny nymphs might not be saleable. Large nymphs and adults would still be about the same price.
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    Porcellio magnificus

    Of course almost every new isopod is the "biggest" but this is the longest species according to species literature (documented at 3.2 cm body length). The male has long uropods and tends to be longer than the female.
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    Porcellio magnificus

    I have not witnessed cannibalism of living specimens and I have had hundreds of mid-size to adult specimens in one tiny shoebox. It is a rather touchy species on the humidity and ventilation and it took me some years to get a hang of it. Both solid and screen lid attempts proved extremely harmful over a long period but seemed to work okay the first half a year. I think it is as much the cage design as the level of care and you have to water a small amount every day or two depending on how fast the substrate dries (during certain times of year the humidity can be high and watering is not needed for weeks).
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    L. verrucosa coloration

    Sometimes the females look like they have glow organs but these are markings, not organs. A male without them is highly improbable but like big foot it can only be proven by its evidence.
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    Rhino roach died, please help

    They were pleco wafers, it didn't wipe out the whole colony but killed off 95% of "St. Lucia", "peach", and corcyraeum. The colonies did eventually recover. The pellets that caused molting deformities on flamelegs were half green/half brown cichlid algae food. They didn't cause the same problem with Narceus or giant blues but produced the same deformities and post-molt deaths on young AGBs.
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    Porcellio magnificus

    I like the big Porcellio the most. Many of the Cubaris are nice/neat but I don't understand how little differences in color on relatively small pills that don't look horribly different from Armadillidium (which are bigger and come in brighter colors) are selling for $40-50 for one tiny specimen. Good thing about Cubaris is so far they seem to all be very easy so in a few years it's hard do believe they all won't be down to $10 a dozen.
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    There are a lot of different opinions on care on the internet and most things can accept a wide range of parameters so it is tough to argue that one person's advice is really good or bad except that most people who give advice don't have any real experience because most old-timers burn out on the same questions over time. My answer is cuttlebone or chalk, but of course you can keep almost any species for decades without supplemental sources simply because standard food sources have more calcium content than the isopods require.
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    Ergaula: capucina or pilosa?

    I would guess capucina.