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I've had a colony of giganteus for a few years now and it's population seems to wax and wane dramatically. At one point overrun and now I probably only have 10 adults and a decent number of nymphs. This has happened before but I never hammered down the cause. Enclosure is a sterility bin about the size of a 20 gal  with maybe 4 inches of substrate with lots of cork bark.

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2 minutes ago, Centipede Uncivil said:

I've had a colony of giganteus for a few years now and it's population seems to wax and wane dramatically. At one point overrun and now I probably only have 10 adults and a decent number of nymphs. This has happened before but I never hammered down the cause. Enclosure is a sterility bin about the size of a 20 gal  with maybe 4 inches of substrate with lots of cork bark.

What does the substrate consist of? I believe a substrate of rotten wood and dead leaves is supposed to be vital to the health of these guys.

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This species never does as well as the smaller ones in the genus which is why it usually costs quite a bit more (still just a few bucks). In my experience small numbers are caused by less than regular care or trading off too many.

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