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  2. Hi, I am new here. For about a month so far I have been keeping red runners as feeders for my tarantulas. Despite them being feeders, I am still interested in the roaches welfare and the way to keep them happiest while they are alive. I have quite a few questions based on seeing all sorts of different methods on youtube etc and getting confused. 1. I read somewhere that you shouldn't feed them potatoes, but it didn't say why. Is this true and if so why? 2. Bedding-wise, I have so far been keeping them on coco-fibre, but I figured this is harder to keep clean and also harder to
  3. Hello! Nice to meet you all and thank you for accepting my membership. First of all, I never thought I would be keeping roaches for pets. But now I am. I am an ant keeper he saw himself one day having to order a small colony of red runners, to be able to feed my colonies with diverse sized roaches. Once that colony was exhausted, i ordered another one, and another one, until one day, I decided i should keep them constantly to save money and overcome the winter time where all my colonies would struggle for feeder insects. From those, I jumped by chance to domino roaches, a
  4. I don't know if this is super viable but recently i had been thinking of a communal with A. vulgare "magic potion" and any Therea, i think that it would look so cool. Thanks!
  5. these are the four that are in question they were all sold as common hissing cockroaches or Gromphadorhina portentosa, but look very different. Would anyone care to identify them? thank you!
  6. You could also add more ventilation to their enclosure, might lower the humidity enough to where the eggcrates don't get too nasty for you.
  7. That's what I thought, which is why I was asking to make sure. So I will not use them. Thanks @Hisserdude!
  8. Well whatever you put these in, be sure it has a tight lid and small ventilation holes, as all life stages of African bullets climb well.
  9. They'd definitely chew on the styrofoam, and I feel like that'd be bad for them...
  10. Congratulations! 😁 They are quite a prolific species, there's more where those came from!
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  12. I might try that if I keep having problems. Thanks for the suggestion! What about Styrofoam egg containers? can those be used for roach housing? or will they eat the styrofoam?
  13. Oh my... this is my first time keeping Therea and today I checked their enclosure and found all of this! And I’m still finding more!!! Amazing little creatures.
  14. @Hisserdude Yeah - eventually I do want to find a nice balance to house roaches with some other inverts, but I think it'll need to be bigger than the 5g. Now I just need to decide where I am gonna put them. I lost 2/3 of my Halloween hissers (one escaped, the other died suddenly), so I think I'm going to move my remaining female into a smaller enclosure and put these guys in her 19g bin. But she might be gravid and the smaller container I have has fairly big ventilation holes so I'm worried if she does pop out some babies they'll escape lol
  15. Yeah I'd definitely keep them separate, the roaches would probably crowd the tank too much for the isopods and pedes, and also prefer warmer temps for breeding than most millipedes like.
  16. @Shinylarvitar97 @Hisserdude Thank you for responding! I'll definitely take you up on that offer, Shinylarvitar, if I think of any more questions! The breeder said that he keeps these guys in low ventilation with a lot of moisture - I was initially actually going to put these guys in with my millipedes / isopods, but decided not to (it felt like it would be too crowded with the roaches, and I was worried they'd go after baby/molting isopods/pedes).
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  18. I kept mine in a gallon container, with limited ventilation and high humidity, and they bred like pests... 😂 Very tolerant of a wide variety of conditions apparently.
  19. I believe tarsalis are quite similar in care to magnifica, yes, but I'm unsure about their specific humidity requirements. I'd just recommend keeping half their enclosure humid, the other half dry.
  20. Hi, with African bullet roaches I tend to keep mine on 1" of dry coconut fiber substrate with 1/3-1/4 of the enclosure moist and some moss in a corner or 2. They enjoy mainly hiding under cork pieces or the leaf litter i provide for them. They seem to be fairly tolerant to drying out, but their ootheca seem to need a bit of moisture to hatch of course. Which is why I mist them weekly. This allows them to drink a bit and for the ootheca to hatch well. For heat I have kept them from room temp and up in the mid 80's. They seem to do fine at cooler temps, but they are most productive at aroun
  21. Hello again! I went to a reptile expo today and came home with *coughs* $75 worth of bugs, including some African Bullet Roaches! I of course was given the basics of their care by the vendor and I'm prepared to house them, but I always like to do as much research as I can for my animals and I'm struggling to find a whole lot of info about these guys. If anyone has a link to a good care sheet for them or just any information, I would greatly appreciate it! Or, if you have them and wouldn't mind answering some questions, I would appreciate someone to chat with. Thanks!
  22. Thank u very much! But i have last question, i didnt write it in the original post, How about pseudoglomeris tarsalis? Is it the same as Pseudoglomeris magnifica?
  23. Hemiblabera tenebricosa are incredibly easy to breed, they'll reproduce at room temperature (68-70F° for most people I think), though they will of course breed faster at warmer temps. Keep them a tub with a deep, humid substrate, feed them normal roach foods, and that's about it. Opisthoplatia orientalis are also supposedly rather easy, just keep them consistently humid, offer fruits regularly, and try not to let the enclosure get too filthy or overcrowded. Keep them warm, 75F° or warmer, for optimal breeding. Decoralampra are a bit finicky, they also like a consistently humid and w
  24. Hello, I will have some of these roaches: Decoralampra fulgencioi , Hemiblabera tenebricosa, Opisthoplatia orientalis, Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis.... but i cant find info about caring for them, could you please help me out? i guess here i will get the best info.
  25. Thanks for the video! Indeed, I've modified the substrate to be more shallow (thanks to advice from Hisserdude) as I had way too much in there when I first started. One of my roaches has a dent on his back, which has been a bit unnerving. He's behaving normally, so I'm trying not do stress over it too much. I'm trying not to be a helicopter mom 🤣
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