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This may seem like a noobie question, but is there a staple size bin that you guys use for your roaches, or does it vary from species to species? Do all roaches eventually outgrow their enclosures? I had my R.formosana outgrow their cage, and I'm scared my other roaches are going to outgrow their enclosures too. I don't have too much more room for bigger cages, so I'm hoping they won't outgrow their enclosures. Thanks in advance! :)

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Yes they do! years ago I started with 7 hissing cockroaches in a 10 gallon glass tank and after awhile it got so crowded nymphs were escaping! then I got a 30 gallon sterilite bin and they've been living there since then I prob have over 500 hissing roaches including nymphs but I wasn't planning on breeding them they breed on their on lol

my advice if you want to start a colony get those 30 gallon wide sterilite bins they are big enough and would hold hundreds, I keep my dubia's in one of those and they breed like crazy in a year without heat just feeding them oranges/carrots/broccoli and cat food

recently I put some of my dubia in a 20 gallon glass tank to start a second colony more like an experiment I'll see if they breed as fast as the plastic bins if they do I'll make a 3rd/4th colony since I have a few glass tanks I'm not using at the moment.

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What kind of lid did you have on your hisser tank? The lids for tanks are often flimsy and I would never have small nymphs in their, they would all escape. Plastic containers with airtight lids, now that's where it's at man! I got them in a fairly big plastic container, but I may upgrade the tank size as the colony grows.

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the 10 gallon hisser tank didn't have a lid lol it was used for goldfish in the past, it had this roof/dome thing I just put a cloth between the tank and the dome the cloth had tiny holes like screens do one of the the corners was unsafe that's how a few nymphs escaped I managed to find some running loose once in awhile it really didn't bother me I had so many roaches besides they don't survive outside without food and yes plastic bins are the best and easier to clean too I have a baby turtle living in that 10 gallon tank now.

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Yeah, roach escapes are no fun! Good thing none of the commonly kept species can infest houses. Luckily I have not had any hisser escapees yet, though I'm sure I will down the line lol! Glad you got your escapee problem taken care of! :)

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Yeah that's why I'm not breeding Periplaneta americana lol perhaps I will breed them someday whenever I get a shed to put them outside :P

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Well Periplaneta breed outside and often wander in, they don't actually breed inside your house like Blattella germanica do.

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Yeah you're right but Periplaneta americana are fliers and it'd freak me out if one flew to my face while I change their food plates lol it happened once when I was a kid one of those flew straight to my chest and chilled in my shirt for 15 seconds then flew away

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As far as bins go I think they always out grow them. At that point I pick one of 3 choices bigger bin, divide into 2 bins, or sell about 3/4 of the colony. Some people freeze or feed to. Thats the great thing with roaches there will always be more. :)

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I agree with lovebug. there are always more options than getting a bigger bin. I believe it also depends on the species. If you are keeping a fairly long lived and slow growing species it can be a while before you need to thin them out or change containers. I have colonies in bins that range from the small 7 qt sterilite shoeboxes to the big 35 gal ones. all do ok.

In my experience I usually only get escapes if the colony has grown enough where they need more food and I havent compensated. If I did not give them enough food then I will see some go wandering outside the bin otherwise they like to stay in there.

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