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Everything posted by Shinylarvitar97

  1. First off welcome to the roach keeping hobby! Hissers are definitely a good step into overcoming your fear of roaches. While the adults seem huge and intimidating, they tend to be fairly docile. Like you said smaller nymphs are a perfect size to try to get used to handling. I can relate, since I was in a similar situation to you I'd like to believe. At younger ages I loved digging up worms and finding ants, mantids, butterflies, and all types of other invertebrates. As I got older, I strayed away from bug catching as well. I later in my early teens encountered German roaches at a friend
  2. Yeah I'm sure some extra enclosures would be good to have in case some species don't seem to get along. Hopefully you find some more info and others that have firsthand experience in keeping species together. Thank you, she had a good life, and was thankfully able to grace me with 1 litter of nymphs before she passed. I never paired her for almost 3 years before I found a male.
  3. Hello, to help a bit with your question usually some roaches may get along better together than others. A concern with cohabitation of species is one species outcompeting the other for food/hiding places, etc. Some would thrive and the others would dwindle down in population, but since you don't intend to have them reproduce it may be possible to house multiple species together and have them coexist to an extent. There may be aggression between different species, but I have no evidence myself. They may stress each other out, but they don't seem to get lonely if not able to breed. I had a singl
  4. Yeah I'm sure it was their frass and exoskeleton that probably gave you those bad reactions. Sucks, but at least the Eublaberus genus hasn't given you much issue. I feel Pycnoscelus may have similar behavior/traits as well, so it may be worth a shot. Yeah species like P. striatus, P. nigra, P. tenebridgera are some of my favorites. Potentially good feeders as well for bare bottom enclosures or in smooth sided food bowls as the smaller nymphs cannot climb, but adults can. Only con is they're much smaller bodied than Eublaberus sp.
  5. I haven't had any major issues with roach allergies, but possibly Pycnoscelus species might give you a similar result as Eublaberus sp. Not a guarantee of course, but i keep the genus fairly similar to Eublaberus species. So I would theorize they might be a viable alternative. Maybe some others more familiar with roach allergies may be able to assist further. I do know many people do react fairly badly to hissers though in particular, but are ok with other species. Lucihormetica might work out to a degree as well, but nothing is certain.
  6. 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
  7. I do think any Therea species would look awesome in there, willing you have many adults in there at once, just unfortunate they don't live long once mature, which may leave the enclosure looking empty for a while. Also maybe some Lucihormetica or Hormetica like you said would be nice. I find my adult Lucihormetica verrucosa like to hang out on the surface on top of bark and such, but I do have a good amount of adults in one enclosure, and it might just be they are a bit crowded. Other than that maybe some large Blaberus species like Blaberus giganteus or even Archimandrita species
  8. No problem, hopefully you have a female if the pics helped a bit, and you're able to identify them better since they've grown. That's unfortunate, but sometimes it happens. I've lost all types of roaches myself. Sometimes you find them alive, some times you don't.
  9. I think keeping them in a substrate would be fine. They are a burrowing species, so I'm sure they would be more comfortable in an enclosure of that type. I keep mine on egg crates, but that's so i don't have to dig out nymphs whenever I need feeders. Also as you said it should assist with humidity retention as well. Not many downsides in my opinion except for having to search the substrate for roaches if you use them feeder insects, but it's not very difficult as I already do that with other burrowing species i keep.
  10. I keep this species. I have them in a 19L container with plenty of ventilation and temps in the low 80°F range. I try to keep the substrate moist, but since I have good airflow and additional heat, it tends to dry quick. A good watering once or twice a week works for me. They can handle dry conditions, but I've had success keeping and breeding them more humid with good ventilation. My substrate consists of coconut fiber, cypress mulch, and spagnum moss with a nice layer of leaf litter on top for cover. They can be a shy species so good hides like cork bark/wood pieces are a must. I
  11. Agree with TJ, they seem to appreciate more moisture for sure. Yeah i keep mine with some vertical pieces of cork bark mainly. They tend to congregate together as nymphs, so they don't need tons of room, but if you want to give them a bit bigger enclosure they should be fine as long as they have easy access to food/moisture. Mine mainly eat apple/fish flake, but that's just my regular roach diets. They develop well with good heat/protein. Not the fastest growing species, but they have fairly steady growth.
  12. I keep my nymphs a bit more moist with good ventilation. Not a lot of moisture, but a moderate spray once a week does the job for me at least. Depends on your climate. They'll do ok at room temps as nymphs, but heat in the high 70's to 80's seems to boost their growth of course. Some people have success keeping them drier as well with just a wet corner of moss. Also their ootheca need a fair amount of humidity to hatch i believe, but i could be wrong. I had a few ooths dry out on me when I kept them a bit hotter and with the wet corner only as adults. I'm sure this isn't a definite way t
  13. Here's a comparison. http://imgur.com/a/eUkrQzX
  14. I'll try to get a clear shot of the segments on my hissers if I can. It can be a bit difficult with younger nymphs, but if you have a trained eye it can be a bit easier to notice the smaller segments on males. I've done that a lot in the past, and have misidentified females as males. Also hope your lost hisser shows up. I've had hissers escape before, but I've usually found most of the bigger ones. Might just be luck though.
  15. Damp paper towels and spaghnum moss seem to work well for me for a variety of species, but I've seen and used a few different methods as well depending on the species. I use egg flat, coconut fiber, sphagnum moss, paper towels, leaves mainly, but I'm sure there are other ways as well.
  16. I feed mine synthetic pollen and Apple. They seem to eat less than other species, in my experience at least. They've grown well for me on that diet, and mine tend to be active in the. Very early morning or I'll spot a few at night, but they mainly hang out huddled up under the wood pieces.
  17. Awesome to hear they were in fact R. maderae ! Not so good to hear you've been having Chronic fatigue though, hopefully it improves in the near future. I enjoy keeping this genus. I love watching them feed and interact with each other. I have the "Gold" color form of these guys.
  18. Yeah i can agree with Hisserdude. My colony is VERY male heavy. I have like 3x the amount of males. Just thought it was a coincidence.
  19. Yeah Therea species coupled with the assassins probably wouldn't fare too well. Once you get a large colony though you'll pretty much have adults most of the time, but the assassins are a concern. Gyna species burrow mainly, but will come to the surface. Mostly the adults, but I've seen larger nymphs out as well. Once you get a reasonable sized colony of those they'd be pretty active too. Deropeltis sp. Might work. They seem to climb more than burrow. I honestly haven't seen mine dig really honestly. They're usually at the surface. They stay together in groups it seems as well, as they're alwa
  20. Great some heat should hopefully be beneficial to them once you get one. Just make sure it doesn't get too hot, but they should be ok. Yeah some species will eventually make it past. Some species are better at it than others. Kyle from roachcrossing is still around, but at the moment it's difficult to get in contact with him for a few reasons. He's got a lot going on unfortunately with his family and himself personally. Not sure if he'll ever be back completely. I don't know all the details. Maybe try messaging him on his personal Facebook. Some have gotten through to him I think. Not 10
  21. Therea sp. adults would make excellent display roaches as well, but the nymphs burrow pretty much exclusively and don't think they'd fair well in higher humidity. the adults aren't particularly long lived either unfortunately.
  22. Hissers may work, they seem to tolerate a fair range of humidity and temps so they be a viable option. Only concern would be them escaping. I know exo terra/zoo med like enclosures usually have some points where the small nymphs may be able to slip through. That's just my thoughts though. The other concern would be the Psytalla eating the roaches if they were large enough. I've seen mine take down considerably bigger prey. Don't want to dissuade you from stocking the tank with multiple species though as I believe it could work if you find the right species. The Kenyans would be a nice
  23. It's good they seem to doing well so far. My "gold medals' grow fairly quick so if they are indeed Rhyparobia Maderae them they should as well. As for breeding they are pretty prolific. I had nymphs in maybe under 2 months once they reached maturity, but that may differ from individual to individual. Definitely heat them a little bit if possible. I Can't recommend a brand of heat cable, but I'm sure Hisserdude can. They'll tolerate room temps too, but for optimal growth/reproduction keeping them on the warmer side can help accelerate it. Also heating your other roaches may be beneficial as wel
  24. Yeah try to find the 6th one if possible. Hopefully it's still hanging around in there. Yeah they can be a little tough to handle, adults especially will do all they can to get away haha! definitely not the most handleable roaches, but I've held them before Once they calm down. If they have plenty of hides they shouldn't dart around too much hopefully. They can be very active, especially when feeding. The Vaseline should help contain them. The 2.5 gallon should work great for them now, just make sure they can't escape anywhere. Also yes they do give off a defensive odor, but I think
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