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  1. 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 stock

    Standard hissers (Gramphodorhina portentosa 1972 pure stock) 

    "Princisia giant" commonly traded stock, adults usually with gold margins

    Gromphadorhina oblongonota untainted stock 


  2. 1 hour ago, scottbot84 said:

    For The Love Of Cockroaches is indispensable BTW. I don't think I would have gotten into the hobby without it.

    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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  3. On 4/30/2020 at 5:19 PM, scottbot84 said:

    I could be looking at outdated care info, or could just be overly cautious :) 
    It doesn't sound like I need to worry too much, but considering the investment it pays to stay on the safe side.

    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 I don't think husbandry parameter data can actually be outdated if it worked at one time.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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  4. On 1/21/2020 at 10:47 AM, pannaking22 said:

    Hmmm, well that could cause some issues then. I was looking in their enclosure yesterday and there are a few large larvae but not a lot of small ones, so that may have been what happened. The species are split now just to be safe. Presumably it'd still be an issue within a species?

    I'll try to get some pics for you @Hisserdude

    Interestingly, I've noticed that of all the food I've given them, peppers have been the favorite. Most of my roaches nibble at peppers but don't really eat them (G. caffrorum excepted because they eat everything), so it's nice to have something I can throw bits of pepper at instead of throwing it away. 

    I have not noticed cannibalism of healthy larvae within the same species even for the most aggressive one, Eleodes spinipes.

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  5. 5 hours ago, TheIvory said:

    I’m wanting to impost roaches from a European country, but I don’t know the requirements and legal hurtles to import them, if anyone could help with advice, that Would be great!, I’m planning on importing pure blood hisser. And a few others 

    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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  6. 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.


  7. On 3/22/2020 at 4:14 PM, Cariblatta lutea said:

    I love these guys but I can't seem to keep them happy for some reason. They'd breed and grow, but I see high cannibalism rate and I occasionally find specimens that seem to have died from stress. I ended up selling away my entire colony because of this :(

    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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  8. On 3/1/2020 at 6:12 PM, Cariblatta lutea said:

    Can you tell me what isopod species died from algae wafers? I toss some of my algae wafers to Porcellio expansus and magnificus along with few other species but now I'm worried. 

    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.


  9. On 1/30/2020 at 9:36 PM, mantisfan101 said:

    I personally prefer the larger porcellio compared to the newer cubaris sp...awesome picture!

    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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  10. 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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  11. 15 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    Exactly, as mislabeled hybrid stocks are severely damaging the availability of pure stock... Especially when people decide to "strengthen" their bloodlines of pure stock, (an unnecessary measure IMO), and accidentally mix in hybrids to their colony... 😕

    Those look like a mix of Gromphadorhina portentosa and one of the "princisia," I don't see any  G. oblongonota features.  

    I think you can only destroy a pure stock by mixing other things in but usually people who have these hybrids bought them as something else.

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