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About Matttoadman

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    Cockroaches, tarantulas, frogs and toads, guitar, Greek bouzouki, tenor banjo, and button accordion.

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  1. Matttoadman

    Female Lateralis that can climb smooth plastic

    Interesting. I have seen my smaller ones use water droplets like a rock climber. As well as climb a dirty container wall. Crazy bugs.
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    Hemiptera are on top my list then. I am interested in predators due to my roach population. I better research those beetles now. Thanks.
  3. So is there anything new out there on the horizon? Any new types of inverts getting ready to make a splash? Any positive changes to restrictions? I’ve been keeping inverts since 2015 and I am wanting to see what’s out there. I have 6 roach species. Roaches are fantastic. I have had three millipede species and find them difficult to keep the colony going. I’ve had centipedes and find them boring. I have had about 7 species of tarantulas and find them boring 99% of the time. Isopods are just meh. I have one scorpion and he’s ok I just wouldn’t want anymore. Reproducible, able to observe most of the animals behaviors. and preferably a predator. These are the qualities I am looking for. Would mantids and Hemiptera fit these qualifications? Suggestions please. Matt
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    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    I finally eradicated the majority of my fungus gnats. The secret was a unintended stow-a-way. I started finding dwarf striped Isopods in the millipedes tank. As the isopod numbers increased the fungus gnats decreased. Of course so did the Millipedes. As of today there are no fungus gnats or millipedes. But I have colonies of the Isopods in my mourning gecko, African common toad and Blaberus tanks. Oh and also all the containers that sat under the shelf containing the original Isopods. They get around.
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    Help me identify these nymphs please !

    I can’t get that link to work sorry.
  6. I have noticed that the larger the population the better roaches seem to do. I’m wondering if this is what you are seeing in this situation? Sort of have a “foster” colony giving them a jump start.
  7. I had coco fiber in my Ben and they weren’t hatching. So I removed it and covered the screen lid with a piece of plexi glass and mist when there is no condinsation. It seems a bit stale but I have fast growing babies by the hundreds. If not a thousand.
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    Gyna caffrorum

    Mine just started maturing a week ago. Now I mist the zoomed bugarium ands it’s an explosion of adults. It’s a race to shut the lid too lol.
  9. They are hard to sort. Super fast little buggers. I lift up the egg carton, stick a deli cup underneath and tap the carton. This normally knocks small ones down into the cup and leaves the adults. I keep mine on top of a 29 gallon tank with a screen lid housing my Blaberus fusca taking in the heat radiating from their heat lamp. I have found a few nymphs in the tank. I am sure the result of some that fell out during my first attempts at trying to sort.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    Really!? Mine are kept at room temperature at this time. 76 during the day 72 at night.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I finally have my first adult. It’s really dark on the wings.
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    Goodbye for now...

    Set up some lovely display tanks for your favorites and take it easy. It’s hard to enjoy something in cloudy Rubbermaid containers.
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    Goodbye for now...

    I raised pigeons for a decade and came to the same place. The joy of keeping them left. The thought of having them was more exciting than actually having them.
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    Kyle getting back into business

    He’s been posting a lot on Facebook recently.
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    A. tesselata nymphs

    I received 6 in December from Orin. I think the largest was maybe 1.5 inches. I’d say that guy is 3 inches.
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