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  1. Very nice calico P.scaber in the first pic! BTW you actually seem to have a Trachelipus rathkii there in the second pic.
  2. I agree with @Hisserdude about the enclosure, I would definitely get one around that size to house the colony permanently. Just thought I'd throw in that a 10 gallon should be fine until the population gets to around 300 individuals (I've heard of colonies being around or even a bit over this number and still doing well), at that time it would probably be best to switch to a larger tank/container.
  3. The A.tesselata should do great in that set-up! I would have previously said that the temp might be something to worry about, but mine have gotten a bit lower than that recently and I saw no aborted eggs. The various Therea spp. don't really seem to mind moisture all that much, and keeping all of the substrate slightly damp shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the Archimandrita would chew on the plants though.
  4. I don't have any pics of my current method of ventilation, but here's the steps: 1. Drill a hole or two in each end of the container with a 1.25 inch - 2 inch drill bit. 2. Smooth out the rough edges that are left around the holes with a small knife. 3. Get some pieces of appropriately sized mesh. 4. Place the mesh over the holes and melt it into place with a wood-burner . And you're done!
  5. AWESOME, I'll try to look for some at one of my local hardware stores then. Eh, I assume it would, definitely has a very similar texture compared to my sanded bark pieces.
  6. Same problem I'm having here, I can't find any smooth bark that wouldn't require a hard sand papering. Do you know if unseasoned plywood has any chemicals that would kill or otherwise harm inverts? If not, that would definitely be a nice substitute.
  7. No problem. Yea, looks like that's what happened, since that definitely sounds like coconut fiber! Nah, all of the burrowing roach in the hobby can make their way through it with ease, but yeah, some added aeration with a bit of chunkier material is pretty much always beneficial.
  8. Coconut fiber as in the soft, small-particled material, is one of the best base substrates around for roaches and I would definitely recommend it. Although, if what you have is the hard, chunky material that we refer to as "coconut husk", "coconut coir", or "course coconut fiber" here in the U.S, I wouldn't recommend it as a base substrate, but instead as just a component with something softer.
  9. I actually use the exact same black wire racks from that video, they are very useful and not very expensive either. For heating, I use a brooder lamp fit with a 250 watt red bulb. I position this about 5 feet in front of the rack and it nicely disperses the heat around to all the enclosures. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this if you won't be filling up the whole rack though, simply because there would be wasted heat.
  10. OOH, just found a name that could apply to them or Schizopilia..........Disk Roach. I vote to keep Lanxoblatta as "Rough Bark Roach" though. lol
  11. We may have a winner! ........as long as that name could be differentiated from that of any future common name for Schizopilia fissicollis.
  12. WOW, "rudis" actually means "rude"?! "Rough" would definitely be something to incorporate into the CN, but I really feel like three descriptive words overdoes it......
  13. I'm very curious, what methods did you use for getting hatchling and which were you at least a small bit successful with? Kyle Kandilian and (likely) I are going to be trying to get captive-borns from B.magna and will be experimenting with giving the eggs a harder diapause to see if that encourages hatching. Any insight from your past experiences with their egg incubation would be much appreciated.
  14. Yep, I currently have a starter group of R.microptera "Yellow"; the others I'll definitely be getting in the future as well. If you put in the little bit of effort for incubating the eggs, that could be a dazzling setup for years and years!
  15. Awesome man, glad you were able to acquire some of these breath-takers! But why are they rude?
  16. Pretty much only Kyle, unless you could find a collector. If you're able to get ahold of him, he should have a bunch of different orthopterans hatching in a couple months.
  17. Passion is everything, some is even needed to keep the easiest roach species alive.
  18. I don't actually think the species of grasshopper I listed make any sort of sound at adulthood, although the Giant Katydids, Stilpnochlora couloniana, do supposedly make a faint mating call on occasion.
  19. Yea, you still have to make the hoppers lay in special egg cups and then give them a diapause and stuff, but it is definitely worth it in the end!
  20. YES! As well as some of the other cheap leafy greens and many houseplants and "juicy weeds" as I'm told. Their polyphagous nature was one of the main things that got me so pumped for attempting to breed some!
  21. Those are very eye-catching, but once one's been exposed to the sheer awesomeness of (primarily) herbivores like Romalea microptera, Brachystola magna, Stilpnochlora couloniana, and Poecilotettix pantherinus in person, there is no turning back.
  22. I would recommend grasshoppers or katydids, both are active in light and (at least the grasshoppers) even bask! They do frequently tend to dirty up the walls of the tank with frass though, so that's the one downside.
  23. Dang, I was actually going to say "Flat-backed Bark Roach"! LOL
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