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  2. Hello all, new to the hobby, looking for some advice! I have a few wide horn hissers that I was given by a local friend, and though I've been wracking my brain to think of anything that they could be missing, they just won't seem to thrive. I've had them for about five months now, and I haven't seen any evidence of reproduction, or any oothecae. I've helped care for many insect species before, including several roaches, but I must be doing something a little differently from what these prefer. All the caresheets I've found insist that they're very easy to care for, without much more information than the basic. I have them in a repurposed 20 gallon tall fish tank, heated by a lamp (turned off during the night, so that they can do their nocturnal thing) and a under-tank heating pad (attached to a side of the tank near the bottom, as I was nervous about putting it on underneath the tank itself, given that the tank rests on a wooden surface). Their tank stays around 80F during the day, cooled to 72-75F at night when the heat lamp is turned off. I try to keep their humidity around 40% or higher. I have them on coco coir as a substrate, with local leaflitter (frozen for a few days before being added to the tank), a few rocks to sit on, and a hollow half-log thing from the petstore (the roaches spend most of their time sitting on top of this). They also have a few plastic plants (cleaned thoroughly with a little dawn and hot water) for cover. They have a very shallow water dish with little rocks (the kind sold to increase drainage for potted plants), both lightly bleached, washed off, and air-dried before being added to the tank. The roaches are fed a mixture of things as I desperately try to get them to show interest in something, but they always have a fruit/veggie (strawberry tops, cut-up oranges and bananas, butternut squash, broccoli, etc., though usually the strawberries and oranges) and a protein (cat food and/or generic fish flakes). I replace their food daily, and check it for evidence that they've eaten any of it. They seem to eat very little, given they they're six big roaches, and have recently dropped off from consistent nibbling to hardly touching their food at all. One of them, though they're all adults and I don't know how old they actually are, died yesterday. I've tried everything I can think of, even completely cleaning out and redoing their enclosure about a month ago, just in case they didn't like something in there. I'm concerned about them, but for the life of me I can't find the problem. Is the temperature too low, too high? Does it vary too much? Do they want more humidity, or less? Images of their setup are attached. Help appreciated!
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  5. There are two ACS#132 . Is there any update to this list? Thank you, Best regards
  6. Thanks y'all! I'm sure I will πŸ™‚
  7. Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it here!
  8. Welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll learn lots here. πŸ™‚
  9. Hello all! Sending greetings from Georgia! I have two female Madagascar hissing roaches as my insect kiddos! I also keep a few different species of animals (not any other insects sadly). But, I got my two girls from someone who was giving them away back in January. I've always been into insects, though honestly, I'm into all critters. But I've raised caterpillars since I was little, I rescue and keep flightless wasps, bees, and butterflies I find, and I enjoy finding insects in our backyard that I can hold. I don't know much about the entomology world, so by joining this forum I'm hoping to expand that knowledge.
  10. Thanks! I have not been out to collect much yet but I know there is great potential in the area based on what I've seen while outside wandering around. My best find has been an eyed click beetle, which had gotten into my house and was making a racket in the hallway
  11. He most likely won't be able to reproduce anymore due to the physical disability. But he can still probably live a happy roach life! I'd just order a few more breeding pairs to make up for it (Specifically a lot more females). But due to the genitalia damage I don't think he'd be able to be an active breeder anymore. If you need extra dubia I'd be happy to just send you some lol. I have too many haha.
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  13. I don't know how I missed this post. So sorry, the main thing is getting the moisture right, not too dry or too wet. The cage decorations don't matter much.
  14. Do you have a picture of your expansus? They look different from different areas and just two localities are in the main hobby.
  15. Hello everybody, just wanted to introduce myself - I'm in AndalucΓ­a, southern Spain, and have recently started keeping isopods. I'm interested in sharing information about isopods in general and isopod culture specifically. Spain is a hotspot for isopods and apart from those I've purchased, I've also collected Porcellio ornatus locally as well as some so-far unidentified Armadillidium - hoping to explore further afield to see what other species are here. It would also be great to correspond with any isopod fans in Spain.
  16. Okay thanks guess I'll throw the sugary cereals to the trash then, I'm not planning to eat them and I'm sure the sugar would harm the dogs as well
  17. Well, here they are! The biggest ones are about 2 inches long. My niece and I own one each in different enclosures. They both look just like their halloween hisser mother, but here's the 6.
  18. Well, all 8 are still alive and growing like weeds! 5 look just like their Halloween Hisser mother, 2 black, and 1 that's orange with black stripes. I have to clean their enclosure later, I will take pictures.
  19. yeah I figured, but I guess the only way to find out is to wait and see.
  20. My cockroaches (Megaloblatta blaberoides) love mushrooms (champignons) and bananas.
  21. I know right, love the micro species, even if these ones are more of a pain to rear. πŸ˜… Thanks, I hope so too!
  22. Another US native micro roach?! ooh la la Hopefully you will have continued success with them.
  23. Well my adults are still alive and have been going to town laying oothecae, and I already found hatchlings in their deli cup the other day! Don't have any pics of the nymphs yet since they are just under a mm long and great climbers, but I did get some pictures of the oothecae last week:
  24. One of my male nymphs has matured now, and man this species does not disaspoint! The females and many of the other males look to be much further behind in terms of development, so this one will likely be sent back to @Cariblatta lutea next week to mate with some of his females. Here are some pics of the handsome devil:
  25. I haven't found any either, besides those couple times they found me. πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I 10/10 would not recommend.
  26. Huh, well I've never really seen any myself, so I wouldn't know, thanks for the tip! Sounds rather unpleasant lol!
  27. Not sure about @Mwewe's species, but at least some of them do also provide.....exploratory bites. πŸ˜… They're not TERRIBLE, but shocking enough to where I've involuntarily jumped on the 1 or 2 occasions where I was bitten and hastily went back inside my house to contemplate why the bug gods had forsaken me so. 😒🀣
  28. He might not be able to mate anymore, TBH I've never seen a male with prolapsed genitalia mate before, at least not without retracting his genitalia back in before (which only happens occasionally, if you are lucky).
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