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    Good afternoon, fellow roach enthusiasts.

    Welcome! I don't remember the name bricktop but I imagine that's not your given name It can be difficult to provide the conditions most darklings need for egg laying. I hope we can keep your enthusiasm for roaches going.
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    Why do you keep roaches?

    I think the main reason people like to keep roaches is they're easy to care for. It doesn't mean a person can't wipe out colonies and lose them but the care and time requirements are minimal. Many people collect colonies like baseball cards (many other types of insects limit the number of cultures you can keep due to time requirements or it's difficult to maintain continuous generations, esp. butterflies, moths, mantids, beetles).
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    If you are trying to breed for a specific trait you can isolate the biggest or brightest male and breed it with dozens of females. Otherwise, a one to one ratio is fine.
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    Hi Fredrik, Thanks for joining the updated Allpet Roaches forum. Sorry to hear of the illness but glad to hear you're making progress. Does your P. obscura culture consist of only females?
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    Hi everybody!

    Hi Daniel, Welcome to the updated Allpet Roaches forum! That's a great list of species! What's the difference between O.orientalis from Taiwan and Japan? Is your Panchlora the species commonly known as P.sp. "giant". I've not seen a collection location for it (if that's it) before.
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    Grain mites again

    Hi Fredrik, Nice to have you here! Have you used the predatory mites? I've always worried they'd attack beetle eggs or other things I don't want killed. Also, they sound like they burn out easily. I've tried chernetids which are specific mite predators and they're hard to keep going.
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    Roach food recipes.

    I think grinding up dog food is kind of silly but I know a lot of hobbyists enjoy doing it.
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    Chris Driggers a.k.a. ScorpDemon

    Hi Chris, I'm surprised you kept the dubia over orange heads but that's probably because I think orange heads are a much nicer animal. Domino nymphs can't climb smooth surfaces but the adults can somewhat. Glowspots can climb smooth surfaces at all stages.
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    Beetle mimics

    Roaches that mimic beetles mimic warningly colored species that advertise their distaste to birds and other animals through bright colors. Two main examples are the Therea species that mimic various tortoise beetles and Paratropes species that mimic various Lycid beetles. The firefly roaches mimic foul tasting firefly beetles from SA but the color isn't a normal warning color. These are all most likely forms of Batesian mimicry where an edible species mimics a foul tasting or poisonous species for protection. Diploptera punctata on the other hand exhibits Muellerian mimicry. It produces a foul secretion that smells exactly the same as the darkling beetle it mimics (it has it's own protection so both animals gain from the similar appearance).
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    Maybe if you hang out on the roach board long enough you'll come to find a new passion. They look a lot like beetles, especially all the beetle mimics like the dominos and Diploptera. Did you know the Diploptera even have the same defensive secretion of the darklings they mimic?
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    Dorylaea orini

    Hello Chris, Unfortunately the adults are not so spectacular. They have banding on the abdomen but it's covered by wings. They climb and have no special requirements. I'm not sure on a good breeder to get them from presently.
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    Natural set ups

    Yeagh, corkbark is the way to go for setups if you want to give them a much more natural look. Also, species that include some rotten wood in their diet eventually consume the corkbark while egg carton has no value as food. Glass aquariums certainly beat out plastic tubs for viewing. A planted aquarium may work for a time but any burrowing species would eventually uproot the plants.
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    Web archives

    Only 200 of the first 841 posts were recoverable. Hopefully, as we get closer to the present date a much higher percentage will still exist. The last year and a half of posts should be completely intact. The 200 doesn't include 34 posts off the first board of a 'possible' 60-100.
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    Chris Driggers a.k.a. ScorpDemon

    Hi Chris, Thanks for joining up! I hope the updated Allpet Roaches forum can help you find some neat species and keep you interested. I'm guessing you still have the Eublaberus, what's the other species you have? Lobsters? Do you remember all twelve you had in the past? It's often interesting to hear what species people are keeping and have kept. Welcome! Orin
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    Hey people

    Hi Ian, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can help out UK members looking for stock.
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    Grain mites again

    Grain mites are very common in the environment so it is very difficult to eliminate them. You can find places that sell mite paper. Cages are placed on the paper which is covered in a miticide powder to prevent mites from infesting a clean culture. Many people who culture fruit flies use this paper. However, keep in mind the mite paper won't help if there are any mites present in the culture, substrate or food. The most realistic control is keeping the food as dry as possible and not feeding more than will be consumed in a day or so.
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    Roach food recipes.

    Beneful dog food seems to be pretty good stuff. Each type of pellet is different and some species have definite preferences.
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    Macropanesthia rhinoceros

    I don't think they're extremely fragile but most eucalyptus and high temps do kill them.
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    Hi Rachel, Welcome to the Allpet Roaches forum! I hope we can help keep your interest in roaches going.
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    cockroach illustration?

    Which type of cockroach? A line drawing? Would an artistic rendering of a photo work?
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    Panchlora Nivea

    P.nivea tend to be kept at really high humidities, low moisture is more likely to adversely affect small nymphs.
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    B. lateralis feeding

    Most dog food's provide enough nutrition for any roach, especially B. lateralis. Certainly adding some fruits like canteloupe, apple, and peach seems to help some species to reproduce better but primarily just live bearers that can hold in births. With B. lateralis it is important not to keep the cage too dry or the eggcases can desiccate, consider using a water dish with sponge.
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    Eucalyptus and Oak leaves

    Where do you live that there's no oak anywhere around? You'll find it just as hard to start them on oak as raspberry. Which Phyllium? Philippine?
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    -Lobster-Roaches: Pros & Cons For Feeding Mantids?

    B. lateralis aren't a very good feeder for mantids since they easily damage from handling when small and can't climb to attact attention.