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    -Lobster-Roaches: Pros & Cons For Feeding Mantids?

    Lobster roaches are one of the best for feeding mantids. Pros --They never attack the mantids and are a much healthier food than crickets -evidenced by the size and health of mantids fed on lobsters. Cons-- Lobsters are born too large to feed baby mantids under 10mm long. The mantis cage must not be too large or contain substrate or they may never find the lobster.
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    Eucalyptus and Oak leaves

    A long time ago I bought Eucalyptus seeds to grow plants from Eucalyptus seeds but at that time they had four different kinds. I only see one type offered at the moment. Most garden shops have oak trees for sale but usually in the spring. I'd recommend, however, buying raspberry plants for outside. You can find hundreds of places selling them and they're more likely to fit your needs.
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    oliver oil

    Hi Luke! Olive oil added to the food might be helpful. However, very few people who successfully breed hissers add olive oil. Dog food can be enough to get a good colony going but carrots and apples can improve breeding.
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    New here

    Hi Rick, welcome! Thanks for signing in.
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    Enclosure cleaning

    I think it depends a lot on the species and what you feed them. B. lateralis is a little messy but doesn't eat very much. I'm certain you can rear tens of thousands of P.nivea over twelve years in a ten and never have to clean it.
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    Breeding Hissers

    Hi Tina, It's really strange for all the babies to die unless it is extremely dry in the cage but your set-up sounds like it could kill small nymphs easily. The 20-watt bulbs are unnecessary and may dry out the cage too much with no substrate. I would recommend using normal colored bulbs or none, 1" of potting soil as substrate, a water dish filled with gravel or sponge in one corner and a food dish in the other corner (or under the lights to keep the food dry and prevent mold). A larger colony would produce more babies more quickly but without adequate surroundings they'd die too. Good luck!
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    Graham Criglow

    Hi Graham, Glad to see you here! I hope we can keep you in the roach hobby for the next 20 years!
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    Hello to All

    Welcome Matt! Thanks for signing in to the new board. I hope you find it more useful than the older allpet roach forum. Glad to have you here!
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    Macropanesthia rhinoceros

    The eucalyptus leaves take 6-18 months to kill the roaches although it could take longer to kill adults. There are many different types of eucalyptus and the leaves you can find available in the US are an aromatic type that are contraindicated for Macropanesthia.
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    Dorylaea orini

    Malaysia. I sent a specimen in 01 or 02 to Dr. Roth at Harvard for identification. He said it was an undescribed species and wanted to know if I could supply more dead specimens and oothecae and what I would name it. I said yes, and 'pulchra' meaning beautiful. He said there's plenty of roaches with that species name already, your first or last name? I said my first.
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    Web archives

    I rememberd why the oldest posts show up as part of the archived pages and in text. The original roach board (99-01) was a guestbook rewritten to function as a message board. The guestbook remotes were disabled by geocities (I think I used a guestbook off goecities and linked it from the angelfire page) and I had to find a new way to host the board wich was changed over to the boardhost roach forum with the annoying popups and ad maximums. That would make this the third Allpet Roaches board.
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    Many other blaberids look like they're all males till they've gone through a number of molts.
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    You can tell the difference when they're very young. The last visible segment on the female's abdomen is the largest, smallest on the male. The male's horns usually aren't notable until subadult.