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  1. Matttoadman

    Mantis questions.

    From my researching, it would appear mantis are seasonal insects. It seems you can buy mantid ootheca year round. Assuming they are viable do the hatch at the appropriate time or will they hatch earlier under certain conditions? Are there better times to buy them?
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    Millipedes and fungus gnats

    So I have read that fungus gnats are not uncommon with millipedes but man I’m killing a dozen wat day. Any suggestions? I have them (bumblebees) in a 2.5 gallon, several inches of coco fiber, dead oak leaves, decaying maple wood chunks, and a bit of sand.
  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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    AAA's Roachy Horde

    Oh wow I missed it! Awesome
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    AAA's Roachy Horde

    I’m pretty sure your pycnoscelus are trying to spell something out for you in the substrate....but it appears to be in Thai letters lol
  6. Has anyone had the opportunity to key out one of our hobby specimens to verify if these are one in the same? 


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    ID these bugs found in Dubia bin

    Wow that’s a unsolicited commercial. We get the link and all.
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    What kind of roach is this?

    Parchoblatta species (wood roach) perhaps. Just an accidental intruder.
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    I would so trade the Kochiana, hapalopus, Cyriocosmus for some roaches. I really love my roaches. Except for the red runners. They just stink.
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    @Axolotl, the dwarf slings are so much fun. The adults are great when it feeding time. Both my pumpkin patch and Kochiana are like trapdoor spiders. You drop in a red runner and wait for them to pop out with lightning speed and vanish again. My Cyriocosmus elegans is beautiful( id post a picture but I can’t figure out how to do it anymore.) I think she is full grown and could comfortably set on my thumb nail. However I seldom see anything beyond her legs unless I rehouse. If I had to do over I would have got a different species. So far my favorite is My Aphonopelma seemani female. She is always visible. And I was given a “ pink toe” for Christmas and it is visible and fairly active. And tough as nails. I was rehousing it this past winter and went to mist the container and grabbbed a bottle of 409 instead. ?
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    Yes I have an adult female raised from a sling, kochianna brunnipes female, Neoholothele incei male (rip), Cyriocosmus elegans female. All very fun raising from slings. The adults however are fairly inactive.
  12. Vinegar helps. I used to live in hard water area. From time to time you would have to break down your fish tanks, soak each side in vinegar and scrape with a razor blade. However the longer time bewtween cleanings the harder the build up is to remove.
  13. So after many months I start to see tiny white balls in my coco fiber. I’m assuming it’s a fungus. I never have seen it in my pantanals but everything else gets it. They clearly avoid those areas. Anything to be done or does that mean the fiber is ready to be changed?
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    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.
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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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  21. 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

    I cannot believe how huge these are! This guy is bigger than my Eublaberus “pantanal” and my Blaberus fusca.
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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.