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  1. Does anyone keep different species together? When I first got interested in roaches I had dreams of beautifully outfitted "ecosystemed" tanks with 2 or 3 different species living together. I only have 4 species and haven't bothered to put any of them together. Not sure I want to at this juncture - just wondering if anyone else has and what their experience has been. . .
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    Therea olegrandjeani

    Wow! Your colony is impressive! GREAT photos
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    Clean-up crews??

    What are your thoughts about clean-up crews? Do you use any and what do you have? Are they really neccessary or do they just get in the way? My "colonies" are really small (2 tanks with 10, 1 tank with 3 and 1 tank with 5) - so I don't know if it's premature for me to worry about clean-up crews just yet. I had some Springtails sent with a couple of roach orders - but I'm pretty sure they haven't survived. I don't know if the altitude, the dryness (or both) killed them. I've also had one or two isopods (nothing fancy - basic garden pill bugs) but they seem to have also gone to the Big Sleep.
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    What is everyone feeding their roaches?

    For me, it depends on the tank. Everybody seems to like oranges. Big surprise - they prefer that white stuff on the peels to the actual fruit. They all like apples to some degree. I had some ancient rodent lab pellets that someone gave me. The Redheads and Peppered roaches thrive on those. Nobody else likes the pellets - just something more to crawl on. I've seen Dubias get into fights over ferret food! - I hear that high protein isn't good for Dubias - so ferret food is a rare snack. The green banana roaches like Romaine Lettuce. Everybody gets fed once a week and misted daily. Most of my roaches crawl up on the food to eat it. The banana roaches eat their food from underneath!
  5. This topic might stir up a firestorm of opposing opinions - but here goes. . .! I'll start with MY opinion (Seems REALLY cruel to me) - but would love to hear other roach folk's reactions. These guys have invented a remote control device that seems to work by pinning the roach's antennae to it's back underneath the "engine" that runs the roach. . . See link: https://backyardbrains.com/products/roboroach
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    Oxyhaloa deusta housing

    I keep my house around 65 degrees in the winter so all of my roaches slow WAY down! Cold Vaseline isn't as slippery as hot Vaseline - so some of my Redheads have been able to crawl up it. I have my Redheads in a regular 10 gallon tank. I put foam tape around the interior edge of the screen lid. I set a piece of cloth on top of the tank, and then the lid on top of the cloth. Overall that seems to work. If the Redheads get past the vaseline they can't get the rest of the way out. I still have to look for them playing on the cloth or sneaking around the rim of the tank - but it's rare that I find them up on top. As for the cold temps - they're doing okay. Their numbers increased steadily over the summer but they'll probably slow down now that it's colder.
  7. Since my nymphs have all molted into adults I've got two tanks with more males than females: G grandidieri (Black) and L verrucosa. The males are going to battle so I either need to acquire more females or separate out the males. So here are some questions: Should I leave well-enough alone and let them "deal?" Can male cockroaches live peacefully together if NO females are present? Can a cockroach thrive living alone? While I'm sure a cockroach can live in solitary - I wonder if they would thrive in that situation without the support of a colony. . . ?
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    Periplaneta australasiae

    Fantastic shots - really great looking roaches!
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    Just a quick FYI - I got a free organic zucchini from a friend and fed it to all my roaches last night. They all enjoyed it and there seems to have been no ill effects. Since this is "Free Zucchini" season - I thought I would share
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    Blaberus craniifer

    That's a beauty! Thanks for sharing
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    Oxyhaloa deusta housing

    These are my favorite roaches! They are SO dang cute! I had trouble with mine escaping over a thick layer of vaseline. Now I have a 2 inch THIN coating of vaseline around the top of a ten gallon aquarium and they aren't able to navigate over the thin coating. Just in case I also have a fabric cover under the metal aquarium lid. I also put foam tape all the way around the inside of the lid. So far, so good. When it gets cold I might have more issues but the fabric covering will still keep them from getting all the way out. I held one once for a few seconds. It was cool til he realized "Oh crap this thing is alive" and he panicked and jumped off I just get a big kick out of their busy, busy days in the tank. . .
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    Cat food question

    I bought Ferret Pellets for my roaches and give them as an occasional treat. Depends on the species who eats them - the Dubias LOVE them and fight over them. Some of my other roaches ignore the pellets completely. I also give my roaches dog food to munch on - but they're less excited about that. I've read conflicting posts on roaches and protein. Some posts say "Never" - too toxic, and some posts say to give them SOME protein or they'll nibble on each other! I'm sure this info depends on what species one has. I just reason that "less is more" and only rarely give them protein. All of them seem to thrive on apples and oranges!
  13. Keith - thank you for this info! I had 3 males and 2 females in my Hisser tank - so I removed two of the males and put them together in a separate container. I may go ahead and remove the last male and let the girls live in peace!I LOVE that you can do that with Dubias. I'm going to sift through my colony and get them as separated as possible before I have an explosion on my hands. I have yet to capture the "extra" Glowspot boy - but will be able to get to him when I have another habitat to move him to. Thanks again! Great info
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    freshly molted G.oblongonota

    Wow! Fabulous photo - beautiful roach
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    Gnat & mite control?

    Well, there's a LOT to consider! I love the vinegar/soap idea - however the gnats live inside the tank and rarely get out. I have a cloth cover and then the lid. I love the double-stick tape idea and can use that if any of my other tanks get gnat-ed! The Vaseline barrier I have at the top is catching a few gnats - but not enough to get excited about. The roaches are super-fast AND climbers (Red heads) - so I'm going to try the vinegar/soap solution during the day (under supervision!) and see if I can't catch a boat-load of gnats that way. I don't see that the mites are living on the roaches - they're more interested in the fruit I put in there. I think my best case scenario might be to start capturing these guys and move them to a sterile tank.
  16. One of my roach tanks is also a gnat and mite tank Any ideas on how to get rid of these extra inhabitants is greatly appreciated!
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    Roach suggestions for an enclosure

    In my experience ALL nymphs hide. The Black Tiger Hissers hid as nymphs but are out all the time now as adults. I have Red-heads - and there's usually someone out during the day with more of them out at night (these are REAL escape artists and glass climbers). I think the Peppered Roaches will be out as adults - but they're still nymphs - so I'll wait and see! Also - Peppered Roaches can't climb - so they might be a good option, too. The main thing is - unless you start out with adults - you'll just have to be VERY patient and wait for your nymphs to grow up!
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    Millipede Pics

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
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    Roach suggestions for an enclosure

    Hiya, In my experience most roaches that will stay above the substrate where you can see them can also climb glass! I have Black Tiger Hissers that stay out all the time now that they're adults. They're slow, mellow and really pretty. Even though they can climb glass they don't work on escaping - they just hang out on the glass once in a while!
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    What species and proper care?

    Aren't Roaches grand?? Sorry, I have NO idea what you have there (but someone will!) I have Peppered Roach nymphs that are taking forever to become adults - the book says 9 months - but I'm sure that can vary by temperature, moisture and feeding! Good luck with your babies!
  21. Oxyhaloa duesta's have rapidly become some of my favorites. They spend time above ground, run around a lot, climb their habitat decor, and tell each other jokes. It seems as they get more used to their surroundings they tend to be out quite often during the day. This is good because mostly my kitchen looks like I have a really great collection of dirt! They are clever climbers and a THIN coat of Vaseline has kept them from getting out. (One went to Dennys with me in my purse one day! Oops. . .) I just LOVE these little guys
  22. Mine are in a 10 gallon aquarium. There is a 2-inch, thin spread of Vaseline all around the top. I also have a piece of sheer curtain on the top weighted down by a regular tank lid. The lid has foam tape all the way around the inside that seals off all of the gaps. There are some great videos of these guys on Youtube. They are day-active, stay above ground, and are endlessly entertaining! They like to hide - but I always see a few of them hanging out in the open. I haven't landed on their favorite food yet - but I haven't killed them - so they must be eating whatever I throw in there!
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    Help!Escape Artists!

    Oxyhaola duesta or Red-head roach. They can climb anything and were easily navigating over a vaseline barrier until I spread it VERY thin! There are some great videos of them on Youtube. Redheads are considered "feeder roaches" but I find them endlessly entertaining as pets
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    Help!Escape Artists!

    I was having trouble with Redhead escapees because my vaseline was too thick and they could crawl right over it! Once I smeared it really thin on the glass they couldn't climb out anymore. I'm worried about having hisser babies because I hear they are masters of escape. I have my hissers in a 10 gallon tank. I put foam tape around the inside edge of the lid to seal off any holes. I put a piece of sheer curtain on top of the tank and then the lid. All this PLUS the vaseline barrier. It seems to work for the more troublesome Redhead escapees - I'll wait to see what happens with Hisser nymphs!
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    Panchlora nivea behavior. . .health issue?

    Yes, the food is easy for them to get to - and I pull it out before it can get moldy. It's definitely time to add more hides to their habitat. Their life needs to be FUN! I don't think the nymphs give a hoot about being above ground - but your idea might be helpful for the adults. One thing about this hobby - very interesting to accommodate each species for optimum health.