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  1. Ah! Then I'll have to see if I have the funds and facilities. (I have to admit, the unknowns of importation unsettle me a little.) BugNation... yeah. One of the first ports of call when I got back into this occupation. There were a couple of unpleasant surprises waiting for me, and finding that forum a ghost town was one of them. From what I gather, has activity moved onto facebook?
  2. Ah, okay. There are a couple of options you could try, singly or together. Firstly, edit the photos to reduce the file size. In my experience even phone cameras today take unnecessarily huge photos, which nobody seems to notice as they swipe them onto their instabooks and facegrams, dagnabbit. If you can upload the photos onto a PC or laptop, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great, free program, kinda like photoshop lite. I've used it for years for tweaking photos. For your purposes, you can reduce the file size by using the crop, resize image, and 'export as --> jpg' functions. Otherwise, I quite like the Photo Editor app for my android devices. Same thing: crop, resize, sharpen if necessary, save as jpg. (Most photos should already be jpg format, but anyway) For Apple devices, I have no idea. I imagine they have versions of GIMP and Photo Editor too. Secondly, image hosting. I can empathise if you're not on facebook - I've avoided it so far, though resistance is crumbling. There are other sites to host photos - photobucket, imageshack, imgur, flickr, etc. I've only had experience with imageshack and flickr, and I use the latter at the mo. It's a bit hiccupy, trying to grab photo links with third-party android browsers, but otherwise works well for me. If you happen to have a yahoo account, you'll have a flickr account. I'd assume most hosts will give you a bbcode link to your uploaded photos; one with the image tags - {img} {/img} but with square brackets - already wrapped around it. Otherwise, copy and paste the address of the photo (should end with the file format, like .jpg or .png) and type in the tags yourself, or use the handy 'insert other media' button in the bottom right of Allpet Roach's message reply window. And that should do it.
  3. Yeah... I'll have to... replace mine... I have a big packet of agar in my cupboard that I bought who knows how long ago for who knows what purpose. Could do worse with it than feed it to my roaches. They might have to do without the isoamyl acetate, though! What about agar cubes with real fruit - chunks or liquidised - as a crude homemade version of those commercial beetle jellies? Would they mould too quickly to be a regular water source?
  4. Here's hoping they end up with momma's colours!
  5. Nah, sorry, that leads me to the same page. What's the problem with posting photos here? Finding an image host? File size too big?
  6. Ah, I meant the speckled roaches. Sorry! I saw the P in P. saussurei, put two and two together, and came up with five. It's hot here today. My brain's cooked...
  7. Flippin' Atlantic. These look great in the photos - I wouldn't mind seeing some in the flesh to get the full impression! Wonder if they'll make it to the UK somewhere down the road.
  8. Aye, I've been following your topics here and on AB (I'm using my old account under the name of 'Vermis' over there) including your roaches sliding down the cheeseball jar. It's only just clicked that they 'should' be scooting to the top. Aha! The first spanner in the works. I wonder if the cheese left an oily residue on the plastic - though I'm not implying you didn't wash the jar well enough. Anyways, thanks for the info. I'll stop hijacking the thread and go experiment with a water bottle and a few lobsters or something.
  9. Thanks. Might cost a bit to bring them across the Atlantic, though. Ah, much thanks! That last bit tells me it's polyethylene terephthalate, aka polyester. Normally used in drinks bottles. Containers that invert keepers use, made for food and storage, are usually polypropylene. I wonder if polyester in general has some application for housing (or at least slowing down) climbing feeders, though the biggest containers I've seen are 5 litre (1.3 gallon) water bottles. Hmm.
  10. Nice. Any idea what the cheeseballs jar is made from? Any letters or recycling codes on the bottom?
  11. D'oh, sorry! Been so long since I had call for a flash on a camera, I almost forgot they existed...
  12. Blimey. I have a lot to catch up on. I don't know if it's because I'm starting small with about 60 varied nymphs, but I can't seem to get my dubs much interested in (well washed) fruit, citrus or otherwise. It's a contrast to the roaches - and crickets and worms - I used to keep.
  13. Cat food also includes added taurine, an (almost) amino acid they can't synthesise as well as dogs, so they need a more direct source in their diet. For the purposes of Jesus' original question, I guess that if some roaches can synthesise all they need from oat protein, a switch from cat to dog food isn't going to phase yours much. Ironically, feeding my new batch of roaches made me look up dog kibble ingredients and additives on packets and online. The stuff I've got here seems okay, but the research got me to experiment with raw feeding for my dogs and cats. (Partly because I realised it was ironic to worry about feeding my roaches what I was happily setting in front of my dogs every day!) Seems to be going well so far, so the upshot is I might have a good amount of leftover dog and cat kibble for roaches to munch on.
  14. Nice one. I especially like the way the product title singles out turtle watching! I assume you put the full lights up before snapping the pic?
  15. One of the first things that springs to mind is parasitic infection inducing insects to climb to high, predator-exposed places. Although I have absolutely no idea if that's the case here, or if it's something that affects this species! (Which is that, the american roach you caught?) I don't want to cause any frets. Though out of curiosity, is it generally in high places - on top of cork etc. - when it behaves like that? 'Course, another reason for that (and why I'm jumping to daft... not so much conclusions as theories) is that it could be 'scenting the air'. But then I don't know if roaches even do that. TL;DR: I know nuthin'.
  16. Great sequence of pics. Do they actually construct burrows, then? As opposed to just pushing their way through litter and topsoil?
  17. Those vids were probably more entertaining than they should have been. Did you see the bit where he drilled the holes? I'm not sure why the method wouldn't work. Even red runners can fall through holes, or crawl through them away from exposed areas, surely?
  18. I kinda like roach heads. From above it's an oval with a big blunt pronotum at the front, but from other angles - look! There's a likkle face tucked away under there... Though I can see how the disembodied ghostly crust of one might seem a little... accusatory. How big are are your hissers now?
  19. Looks similar to something I tried, only much nicer 'cos I only clumsily siliconed fine mesh over the holes! Those vents look dead professional. (One more for the roach tour, here,)
  20. Ta guys! True that. Here in Ireland we have even less wildlife diversity than England. Now that's poor! But there's always something to appreciate.
  21. I was interested to read Taffer's correspondence with Professor Kunkel, talking about oat protein and so on. This is a kneejerk reaction not backed up by personal experience, but I'd be tempted to go with oats as a staple. Otherwise, I'd parrot Tleilaxu and ask if there's anything in the vegetarian/vegan repertoire that'd suit. Pulses? (Might be a lot of faff if you have to soak and boil dried beans every time) Nuts or seeds? A quick search suggests there aren't many that are actually higher in protein than oats. One's sunflower seeds with 21-24g per 100g, and I know you can buy the kernels ('hearts') in whatever quantities as wild bird food. I can only see pumpkin seeds with more protein than that at about 30g per 100g. I have both lying around. I tried some pumpkin seeds with dubias, out of curiosity, and they seem to go down well. Disappeared quicker than oats or fruit, anyway. I'll try the sunflower seeds next. Neither's cheap, whether compared to oats or not, but cut with the latter...?
  22. Or: 'nuther Northern Ireland newbie. Hello all. I'm Warren. I used to keep exotic pets years ago, starting with garter snakes and some amphibians, moving onto inverts like tarantulas, scorpions, phasmids, and other insects and arachnids. In terms of roaches I've kept Gromphidorhina portentosa, Archimandrita tesselata, Nauphoeta cinerea, Blatta lateralis, and Blaberus discoidales. Like I said, that was years ago. I cleared out all I had and moved onto other interests; but lately I've been thinking of keeping just a few bugs again, especially some peppered roaches. Those seem to have become scarce in the UK&I side of things, so I've restarted with a tub of foolproof* dubias - partly pets (a pet tub of coir so far...), partly feeders for any carnivorous thing I buy in future. Peppered roaches are still the holy grail, but lurking around here I'm impressed by the sheer range of cultured species I hadn't heard of before. * We'll see if they survive this fool, though. I'm also surprised - but interested - to see a surge of popularity of isopods, in the meantime. Back when I last looked, it was Trichorhina tomentosa or some 'nameless grey things' from outdoors as cleanup crews for tarantulas, and little else. (I might've been spectacularly unobservant, though) In the last few days I've been goggling at photos of yellow-spotted, zebra-striped, and bright orange examples, and reading up on local species and their identification. Turns out I live just a few miles from one of the more isolated sightings of Androniscus dentiger in Northern Ireland, though I've never seen one. I would've remembered! Time for a bug hunt.
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