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  1. I know this is an older topic, but I have a follow up question, and request for help from it.  

    I know I have found an article in the past about why oranges (and other citrus)  should only be fed to breeder roaches, due to the what the acid in the fruit turns to and that the roaches have no way to expel that from their bodies, however it is used for the formation of the oothicas.   So at breeding age it is helpful for the females.   The acid converted form is also not good to be fed to reptiles.   Perhaps gout related?  

    ANYWAY!   My ability to properly google and refind this information is failing and I'd love if anyone is able to help me find this article again!  

    I'll keep looking too, it was a good article and put it into good perspective.

  2. We've checked 3 dollar trees for the small containers I use for my isopods, and all have been sold out of them....   So I bought 17 containers of crackers today so I could have the containers :D.  

  3. My son decided he wants these....  I'm considering rather than my standard setup, setting him up with a tank he can watch instead. 

    I'm thinking a dirted 20 gallon.   A screen, partially covered to hold in humidity, and a UVB bulb during the day.   Some plants as well as leaves and branches etc.   Need to decide what kind of isopods to put with them and also some springtails.  

    I'd love some input and if anyone has done similar, even for other species I'd love to see them!

  4. On 3/23/2017 at 6:20 AM, smc85 said:

    Sorry didn't want to quote it 

    The only reason why I don't want substrate just to save money wise but we will see once I get a colony going

    I am going to substrate for all due to the allergie issues that are being brought up a lot due to not keeping with cleaners and substrate

  5. On 2/13/2017 at 10:03 PM, Hisserdude said:

    Cleaning is more necessary in some species or circumstances than others, if you aren't keeping them on a substrate and have no cleaner crews, and they are not a species that eats their own dead, then you are gonna want to clean out any dead bodies that build up like once a month.

    Now if you use a clean up crew, like springtails, isopods, or certain beetles, then they will usually do the work for you, but cleanup crew compatibility varies depending on what roaches you use them on, and what habitat you are planning on putting them in. Isopods and springtails for example only do well in enclosures that have a substrate and are kept moist, and large springtail species like Sinella curviseta can stress out and outcompete smaller roach species, like small Ectobiids for example.

    For dubias and red runners I'd use lesser mealworm beetles, Alphitobius diaperinus, as a clean up crew, they do well in drier enclosures and do a decent job of eating dead roaches. Before you ask BTW, no, regular mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, will not work at all, only A.diaperinus. You do need to keep an eye out though, you should keep the numbers of the beetles from getting to high, when it looks like there are a ton of beetles in the enclosure, place some small, smooth sided deli cups in the enclosure, the beetles will fall in and be unable to climb out, you can then cull them out.

    I've been working towards teaching bearded dragon owners keeping their roaches with substrate and cleaner crews to help with lessening the "allergic" reactions.   

    For red runners I haven't started substrate yet, do have lesser mealworms on hand.   Do you leave the egg cases where they fall?   I have about 14 egg cases so far and have been putting them in a deli cup with substrate to keep their humidity better.   

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