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Hi! I've got a rather large (at least I think it is....?) colony of Dubias, and I'm not entirely sure if it's time to split them up. I've had them for about a year, but the initial count was extremely low so they're just now jumping off! Wondering if it's time to split the adults up, or maybe adults, nymphs, and juvies? I think my count is in the mid 300's.. not sure though!!! Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Hey all! Some of you may remember me if you frequented Arachnoboards back in the day... potentially not fondly lol. However, I took a break from the hobby for a few years for grad school and kids, and now am building a new collection of various species that are "child/hand friendly", and the kids seem to love cockroaches. I am building several colonies of larger species (B. giganteus, A. tesselata, B. fusca, B. dubia) and some lateralis for fun. It did get me thinking though, as i'm building the colonies of larger species 10-40 individuals at a time, that there doesn't appear to be anyone who has an abundance of species like these... I'm thinking here of the giant Blaberus species primarily, and other such as tesselata. Any "feeder breeder" who has dubia for sale could have tens of thousands without even trying hard, but it seems even keepers who have solved the breeding issues for these other large roaches still aren't creating large colonies? I understand the difficulties with getting large Blaberus and tesselata to reproduce consistently, but it seems like if someone had "cracked the code", as it were, that there should be at least a few people out there with say, a colony of 1K B. giganteus or A. tesselata...? So, what are the largest colony sizes you all know of for some of these harder-to-breed species? First-, or second-, hand information is fine haha.