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  1. Hi! I'm new to this forum and as far as I have seen on the internet this is the best I've found about roaches... Actually I've started looking at these guys as feeder for my mantids but then I discovered a hidden beauty I couldn't ignore... Especially when I've discovered the genus Gyna! Anyway after some research on the internet I've found an italian site (I live in Italy) which was selling the centurions and I've bought two packs of them since they really amazed me as colorful and cute creatures. around 15 arrived mixed from nymphs and adults but some adults died short after the arrival, probably due to old age... Basically I had 3 adults females, many males, and some nymphs. I started to discover them and learn more about their behaviour even tough I found pretty much nothing on the internet about them, they are very shy and spend most time burrowed but they emerge at the first shadow to eat and chew some leaves. Btw the males are actually crazy sometimes and they keep running and flying everywhere, I've also noticed that all stages like to climb and "reach high places" since at first I've put them in a large naturalistic terrarium, and only later I've placed them in a small container since they were too few and I wanted to monitorate them better. The thing is that finally when I've changed the substrate some days ago I've found more than 20 whites nymphs around one of the females! I've counted and separeted 24 of them and placed them in another smaller container. Later however I've discovered more of them still in the adult container and I left them there. They turned into brown few hours later and they also started eating a little bit of fish food and leaves, pretty much like the adults. I see them very healty and active for now, I can't see them often actually but as soon as I lift a death leaf they are all running and scampering underneth it... Now I'm planning to raise them in order to have a remarkable colony as final goal and at the same time I want to study them and understand more about their behaviour and their optimal habitat, since almost no information are available online... Has anyone here ever kept them before? If someone is willing to give me some advice it would be great and if you wish I will keep you updated about the nymphs's growth! These are some pics of the tiny roaches and the container, sorry for the poor quality I will try to make better pic next time. (I'm using the phone...)
  2. Just curious / wanted to ask Not sure if the poll feature is working for me, I will edit this post or delete the thread if it's not working / taking up space for you guys.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. I split my Dubia colony into two, i now have one tank for nymphs and a tank for adults, its been just over a month now and I've had no nymphs from my adults at all. I feed them mostly apple, carrot and a protein supplement called "BugGrub" could the acidic diet be stopping them from breeding? they never touch cucumber when i put it in their tank, I recently started using water crystal gel(Like yesterday), will this help? any tips? Please help!
  6. I started my Blaptica Dubia Colony about 4 months ago, first time doing anything like this. And I am now proud to say, I have 11 female, 5 males, and 64 Babies. Here are some Pictures!
  7. My Mixed Box of Ten Hissers(One died the other week) just making it to adulthood.
  8. fairefaerie

    Need Moving Advice

    I have an extensive feeder colony of dubia roaches. There's no way for me to count them, but I know I have well over 20 adult females and thousands of offspring. I am planning to move from Phoenix, AZ (perfect for roaches) to Victoria, BC, Canada in the next 6 months and I need to know what steps I need to take to safely transport the dubias without killing them all. Currently, they live in an opaque plastic storage tub with cardboard egg cartons to live on. Does anyone have tips of how to make the 26 hour drive without harming the roaches? How do you keep them alive up north? Any advice is more than welcome!
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