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  1. So far, I have only tried organic white button mushrooms and organic baby portabellas. If any of you compost, I think you could watch your compost piles and see what the wild isopods in your yard prefer.
  2. I use Bug Burger for my dubia and hissers, and they really seem to like it. I can't comment on its health benefits, but they devour that stuff pretty quickly.
  3. Mine will eat potato, but don't have much interest in it. They like carrots, pumpkin, zucchini, summer squash, and patty pan squash, but so far, they seem most excited about mushrooms (technically not a vegetable). Though not veggies, either, I also feed Omega One Freeze Dried Shrimp and Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes.
  4. That's good. After giving it some thought, I'm fairly certain it was an escapee that came out of a reptile tank. There's one that has a wide enough gap between the sliding glass doors to allow escapes. In the beginning, I was only feeding crickets, so I didn't secure it for roach escapes. I'll have to get around to running a bead of silicone on the inside of the outer door soon. It was pretty hilarious, in any event.
  5. That must be what snuggled up to my chest the other night. I'm completely serious. I think one of my dubias made its way into my bed and snuggled up to me. I grabbed whatever it was and flung it off of me without attempting to identify it, but it felt like a roach. When I got up and busted out the flashlight, the only thing I could find was a wolf spider in my laundry basket, but they are not known for their cuddliness. This was just a couple nights ago. After searching the term, "escapees," and finding this, I am certain my dubia really just want to snuggle.
  6. Sorry! I got excited and forgot your initial question! As for plant species, it might be worth your while to visit Josh's Frogs' website. They have a sorting feature that allows you to select plants by the pet species you plan to house with them. If they don't list your pet species, you can contact them and ask. To the best of my knowledge, they grow their plants organically, so you don't have to worry about systemic pesticides like the ones on most big box retailers' plants. I'm new here, so I hope it's okay to refer people to JF.
  7. I've started using LEDs over all my planted tanks, and I'm very happy with them. They're not as hot as the T5 bulbs, and use less power, though they're a bit more expensive initially. I'm using fixtures with four rows of 3w LEDs in them. I got them from eBay. I've also got a plant grow-out container with an LED grow-bulb I picked up at Home Depot for $50, and it is incredibly bright. I even managed to get one of my nearby orchids to bloom on the light that was being filtered through two layers of clear plastic tote walls, it is so bright! If you're still getting started on planted tanks, now is a good time to start off right instead of wasting money on crappy lighting. I'm very interested to see how your setup looks!
  8. Just out of curiosity, is anyone using ABG mix as a substrate, or something similar?
  9. 1. Do you currently raise any roaches? Yes 2. If so, how many? Two species- Blaptica dubia and Gromphadorhina grandidieri 'Tiger.' 3. Do you culture roaches as pets or feeders? I started with dubias as feeders, but recently added the tiger hissers to my invertebrate collection because I think they're beautiful. 5. Are there any specific roach questions that you would like to ask the community? I can only wonder how others found their way into the roach hobby. I'm sure I'll have more questions later. 6. How did you find our community? I searched for a roach forum, using those very words in my query. I'm pleased with the civil exchange and general tone of the community here, so I decided to join rather than lurk.
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