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  1. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. This might end tomorrow, Feb. 14th. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
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    Best hygrometers?

    I'm looking to add at least one hygrometer to my bug room. I've seen a few reasonably priced and decently reviewed analog hygrometers online, but are they accurate enough for roaches? I'm looking at analog as it would be great to have one in each humid roach enclosure, but my gut says digital is the way to go - but I could only afford a few at the moment. Thoughts? Anyone have a brand/model to recommend of either version?
  3. Not affiliated with the zoo... just passing on the info. https://bronxzoo.com/roach
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    PSA: $1/gallon sale at Petco

    Petco has their $1 per gallon aquarium sale going on now through February 2. I have no affiliation with Petco; I just look forward to this sale as it's a great time to stock up on 10 gallon tanks for my colonies.
  5. Yeah. I've never been bit by a roach before. It was surprisingly painful. They are really challenging to hold onto. It's worth it once though just to hear them squeak. It's the only time mine make noise. The overcrowding wasn't too bad. I just had a few too many males in a small enclosure as there was some minor wing biting. Also, they don't (yet) group up the same way other roaches do. It's as if each one needs it own space. But my colony is still small, so that might change. From what I've read, this species takes quite awhile to "get going" and develop a full colony. I think the gestation is longer. I would guess 4-5 months. As mentioned, I've had my adults for about a year and have only had 2 generations, yet the females are gravid constantly.
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    cheap wood/cork?

    I buy small "leftover" chunks of cork bark at our local reptile show. You might check out something like that. Otherwise try eBay. A lot of people sell smaller driftwood, cork bark and cholla chunks by the box. It's still not cheap, but it's the most reasonable I've found. I have access to a range of bark, rotting wood chunks and sticks on my property. If you can't find anything else you like, send me a pm. I could probably put together a nice assortment for you for a reasonable price.
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    Mushrooms for Hissers?

    I feed my hissers and Lucihormetica a range of grocery store mushrooms, but not as standard fare. Just be sure it's organic so they're pesticide free. I don't remove the excess as my hissers have a pretty reliable clean-up crew (Little Kenyans with A. diaperinus or T. tomentosa). I did once leave mushroom leftovers in with my glow spots for a bit too long and unexpectedly developed a thriving silver springtail culture, which was a very nice bonus.
  8. Lats are my go-to feeder for all my slings, plings and assassins. I'm currently feeding about 30 slings, 10 plings and 30 adult assassins. I would estimate that I have at least 100 producing female B. lateralis, and the colony holds steady in numbers. Hopefully that helps. I would err on the side of too many as you can always feed off the excess. Most of my 2" slings will take adults.
  9. These are some of my favorites as well. I've only had my colony about a year and have dealt with some trial and error, so I'm definitely no expert. The adults do live much longer than Therea sp. I've had my adults close to a year now - or rather my initial nymphs became adults about a year ago. Since then they've produced 2 new generations. In my experience, they are incredibly sensitive to crowding, which has been my main issue. Their first batch of nymphs didn't fare well due to space issues. They also seem to eat quite a bit more than I had expected. Their appetites rival my hissers. As far as anecdotes, I will say they bite! I don't hold mine anymore as once they're done squeaking they start nipping, and man does it hurt. They're the only species I have that's bitten me. They are gorgeous, though, and so special because of their history so I don't mind too much.
  10. https://www.nbc26.com/news/national/cincinnati-zoo-is-the-first-on-record-to-breed-the-blue-feigning-death-beetle
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    Pseudoglomeris (Corydidarum) magnifica

    So beautiful. About how big is the one in the photo?
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    What is "Therea bernhardti"?

    Resurrecting this very old thread. What's the status on this? Was the name changed from T. petiveriana or is T. bernhardti actually a new species?
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    How often do you feed?

    Of course it sounds insanely simple and why didn't I think of it sooner, but I'm going to start a detailed schedule with checklists and spread the work out across the week. That way I can power through quickly without a lot of thinking when needed. I hate to turn my hobby into a chore, but it might help me feel not so overwhelmed and ensure I don't overlook any care needs - especially now that I'm adding pricier and more demanding species. I've also seen a lot of tarantula keepers print out little care sheet cheat sheets and tape them to the enclosures. Another why didn't I think of that...
  14. I'm offering walnuts every few weeks as a treat. Each colony (housed comfortably in a 10 gallon) gets a small handful of walnut meat (no shells) about once a month. I offer it to add another layer of variety and stimulation to their scavenging behaviors. I've been doing this for about a year now with no problems in the colonies.... but a year might not be long enough to see any effects on the species that live several years. I suppose the quick answer is to err on the side of caution and remove the nuts from their diet. I do really love offering the biggest variety possible. I know they're "just bugs," but I notice the behavior changes when I'm just doling out the same old chow, carrots and apples combo vs. those weeks when I put 20 ingredients into the spread. They seem much more stimulated and active... dare I say happy? Watching them discover something new like dried seaweed or a drop of yogurt is truly the highlight of the hobby for me.
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    How often do you feed?

    I also have a once a week schedule for roach feeding, misting and cleanup. I just make sure they have plenty of decomposing leaves and water crystals to last after the fresh stuff is gone. I do have a few species that I mist everyday or every other day. I've tried to time that with my arachnid feeding schedules so as not to get overwhelmed with hours of daily care. It's sometimes a balancing act though! Now that my invertebrate collection includes about 60 species I'm starting to have to manage my care schedule like a part time job... A crazy fun part time job, but still a job. If any of the more experienced keepers have any tips, I'm all ears.
  16. Hmm. I wasn't aware that nuts were harmful to roaches so I've routinely offered walnut to all my hissers. They love it. Never seen any ill effects. They've also eaten acorn, though only once or twice. I don't have a great supply of those. Does anyone know of any journal articles on the topic? I certainly don't want to inadvertently poison my colonies, but it seems strange that they would be so voracious for the walnuts if the nuts were toxic to them. Thoughts?
  17. This is awesome. Did it eat the whole thing? Is it possible it just considered the pumpkin an invader and webbed it up to dispatch of it neatly? If spiders are eating vegetables...
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    Hemiblabera tenebricosa care tips

    @Bmaines96 I've been meaning to thank you... The extra protein did the trick. I'm supplementing their fresh foods once a week with whole-ingredient dog treats that contain chicken and veggies. They love it, and they're growing quite fast now. Finally have some adults so I think the colony is off to a great start. ☺️☺️ Any experience feeding them dead roaches? Right now my B. giganteus and E. arcanum take care of any I find, but I'm always interested in adding more variety to my roaches' diets.
  19. Thank you! This is the info I was looking for. I adjusted their enclosure about a month ago. I've seen quicker growth since then... Still looking out for ooths. Do you have any photos of ooths next to the adults - or can you give me a size. Are they really tiny?
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    Silver collembola?

    I've been doing some tank maintenance and noticed that a few of my more moist enclosures have what look to be silver springtails. They're about half the size as the temperate Collembola sold in the hobby and sort of flicker from white to silver as they move around and catch the light. They also jump like springtails. I've not noticed any harm being done, so I'm not worried... Another strata in the mini ecosystem is more than welcome. Just wondering if I'm correct and if anyone else has seen these. Some extra info: I thoroughly wash and heat sanitize anything I bring in from the outdoors so I don't think they got in that way. I have been collecting wild A. vulgare, but they are in their own enclosure. I love in a berm house that's mostly underground, and we get an amazing assortment of wildlife in the house: Parcoblatta have shown up in my enclosures, we once had a mushroom growing in the bathroom, and most recently I caught a nightcrawler cruising down the hallway. TLDR: I think I have wild springtails in my tanks, but I'm not worried. I'm used to wildlife invading my home. Just want confirmation.
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    Forum Downtime

    I would support a fundraising drive. I'm on here so often... I hate the idea that one or two people may be footing the bill for the whole thing. Maybe a t-shirt sale with a roach forum logo? I'm a graphic designer by trade and would be happy to help design something.
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    Sterilizing leaves

    I wonder if boiling them removed the dry brown cuticle to expose a not yet decayed layer underneath? If I need dry leaves, I just microwave them dry. If I need moist or wet, I usually just add enough water to get them damp. Basically, I try to get the leaves close to the moisture level I need. I've found that adding the water before heating saturates better.
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    tree leaves as food

    I've been offering fresh hibiscus flowers to all of my roaches this fall. Some love it, some don't seem to care, but the one's who love it can't get enough of it. I think my hissers would strip the bush bare if I let them. I've also had good success with dandelion flowers and clover flowers... just make sure you get the dandelions at first bloom. If you get an older flower and they don't eat all of it, it will go to seed and cover the bin with white fuzzies.
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    Sterilizing leaves

    I usually microwave mine with some water for 2 minutes. I've never experienced that... Were they dried green leaves to begin with? Mine are usually brown and slightly decayed when I grab them. They will hydrate slightly, but they've never become rubbery. More like just wet versions of what they were. How much I dry them depends on the roach species. If they can handle some humidity or moisture, I use them wet. Things dry out pretty quick in my roach room. What kind of leaves are they?
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    What’s new in the invert world?

    @Matttoadman My A. seemani is my favorite, too -- after the PPs. My slings are out all the time, but my female "small" is definitely a pet hole. My female "large" is much more out and about, but only at night. I really am looking forward to getting more dwarfs. I'm picking up a D. diamantinensis on Saturday and could not be more excited. And 409? Geez. Don't you know that's how B-horror movies start!?