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Everything posted by Bmaines96

  1. I get on occasionally dang itπŸ˜‚ but yep like @All About Arthropods mentioned i have one of the last rhabdoblatta colonies in the states and shockingly i actually don't charge that much as i just want them in people's collections so next time I almost lose mine its not a full on panic mode.. But atm the epilamprids I'm working with are Opistaplatia orientalis-red and black roach-beautiful adults and relatively active at all life stages but mostly stick around in leaf litter Decoralampra fulgencioi-nymphs are excellent bark mimics and adults are shiny beetle mimics with rove like characteristics semi arboreal at all life stages Rhabdoblatta formosana-one of the most arboreal ones but also the fastest breeding and most sensitive to waste build up. Epilamprinae sp "borneo"-basically chunky rhabdoblatta that are just as arboreal as actual rhabdo but more impressive looking and slower breeders Epilampra maya-breed at a relatively slow rate if kept more towards room temp stunning looking shiny nymphs and panchlora-esque adults moderately sensitive to waste buildup but not as bad as rhabdoblatta And finally my favourite(and slowest breeding/rarest/most expensive) epilamprid-thorax porcellana or what ive nicknamed Vampire roaches-these guys look cool at every life stage with adults having neat pyramid shaped wings and nymphs blending in seamlessly with most organic display items also the most arboreal(in my experience tbey only breed well if kept like arboreal tropical mantids) but tbe coolest part? The newborn nymphs hide under the moms pyramid wings until their first molt feeding on the moms blood with a specialized pair of jaws they molt off after leaving moms back!
  2. The chemical defenses of deropeltis won't stop assassins bugs ive fed mine roaches with significantly stronger defenses than deropeltis with no issue also you'll be hard pressed to find deropeltis in the states the only species we have left is paulinoi and almost noone is working with them atm and they need it incredibly dry to do well so most plants would die in those conditions. Your absolute best bet would be epilamprid species, like high dry air but moist sub, breed very very fast so no over consumption worries most are pretty and adults are often out and about and while nymphs can burrow they stay within the top half inch of the sub or under pieces of bark in my experience more than digging deep
  3. Awesome glad to hear they will soon be made available! Please put me on the list as well to buy some when the colony is ready to have a few let goπŸ˜ƒ
  4. Stanislas look up the panchlora sp "white" species hisserdude posted some photos about awhile ago?
  5. From what I've been told about the few Asian species I'm receiving is they like things wet, humid, and cool so they don't need much ventilation, and most of the Asian sp come from limestones caves/caverns so basically just mimic that environment and you're set, lots of well decayed wood and leaves with compost and a bunch of limestone essentially.
  6. I know of 2 European who were able acquire them and both individuals lost their colonies almost immediately so not only are they a protected species they seem to also be quite difficult to keep?
  7. Any updates on this species were you ever able to get their ooths to hatch consistently?
  8. I do all maintenance once a week, feed, water, give fruits and veggies, hasn't slowed down a single one of my colonies. Most food is gone in a day or two, as long as they have access to some sort of moisture they are fine and in the wild they are t gonna be eating a lot of protein or even a lot of fruit for that matter every single day.
  9. Small silvers are an incredibly common species of springtail found in the US and in my opinion one of the best, they don't breed like mad like tropical pinks and don't bother smaller roach species much while still breeding better than the large whites species and handling much drier conditions than both species
  10. How are these going now? I'd love to get some, didn't super enjoy keeping Dubia as feeders before but a super pretty "morph" of them would be nice to breed out as a more pet option of the species.
  11. Not sure if this will work but I gotta try



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  12. Hisserdude has had some improvements in his "white" colony but they still aren't a huge bustling colony and are still at a very precarious position in the us hobby, hopefully if the colony continues to do well and the new dietary changes he has made work out I'll be trading him one of my very rare species for some so we can start spreading this difficult but beautiful species within the hobby?
  13. I really like the look of the larva and the beetles are pretty cool to, are they hard to breed?
  14. Oh yea that'll hold like 40-50 adults relatively easy as long as you give them a decent amount of bark etc to hide on
  15. How large is the enclosure you have them in? You can fit a surprising number of roaches in limited space. Otherwise you could seperate the female and sell the nymphs off once they have molted once or twice.
  16. I give mine about an inch of coco coir as I've noticed they don't really use it, a decent amount of stacked up bark, and I spray it down each week and let it mostly dry out in between.
  17. Easiest way I look at it is for burrowing species that aren't super sensitive to overcrowding(so every burrowing species you listed except the centurio) when the substrate is about 50% roaches to 50% actual substrate it's time to upgrade, for terrestrial species I mostly just go with when they look cramped, which is obviously subjective but basically if to you it looks like they are sorta just piling all over eachother it's time to give them more room. For winged species another good indicator of not enough space isn't if you start noticing wings are being bitten a lot more often.
  18. Hi there I've been a long time lurker of the forums but recently became more interested in actively participating in this hobby i currently own around 100+ species of roaches ranging from your run of the mill feeders to species rarely kept and even more rarely seen! my goal here is to get these rare species into peoples hands so we don't run the risk of losing any species from the us hobby as well as supplying my own base of knowledge collected over rearing so many of these neat little Arthropods ? soon I'll be posting a for sale list with a few neat species on there and I commonly have things posted on the us invert auction Facebook page so be sure to stay tuned for those!
  19. That looks much more like a springtails that a mite, normal clean up crew that's occasionally pops up randomly so you should be all good?
  20. How often do you offer protein based food @Axolotl? With my colonies I offer it around the clock and that plus the extra heat sort of "power feeds" them into growing faster I also keep my roach room pitch black other than the few hours a week I'm working in there so they are very undisturbed and can eat more often and exert less energy to running away. But I've noticed with some colonies/species they just tend to grow slower than others and who knows exactly why lol.
  21. Yes they smell down right wretched, kind of a sour vinegar like stank that lingers for quite some time. With burrowing roaches they also give you a "warning" that conditions in the substrate are non favorable as you'll open the bin to find every single one on the surface trying to get away from said foul substrate.
  22. Anaerobic conditions are caused by the substrate compacting and not allowing airflow to the deeper. Well made substrate can easily go anaerobic trust me, had a 50 gallon bin of the stuff go off and it reeked. I've also had bins go anaerobic even with actively burrowing roaches turning the soil. for sterilizing leaves I either boil them or bake then at 250 degrees F for 30-40 minutes
  23. I've had these guys a few times and just recently got another colony of them as well! So I should be able to give you some good tips on them 1.)they aren't that picky about foods so whatever you feed other roaches will work fine for them 2.)your substrate is fine however I'd recommend adding some coco chunks/mulch to avoid the substrate going anaerobic and stinking to high hell, moist substrate is preferred but they can handle the top inch or so drying out. 3.) make sure you sterilize leaves/compost as you don't want to introduce bad molds/mites etc. 4.)they actually don't care at all about temps and they are one of the few roach species that will breed well below room temp, I've had females pop babies out when kept between 60-65 degrees! Obviously though the warmer you keep them the faster they will grow. 4.)I'm not sure on exact timeframes of their lifespan at room temp as my roach room is a constant 86 degrees but I've had half grown nymphs mature in a month at that temp. Adult males seem to live 4-6 months and females seem to live about 6-8 months. hope this helps!
  24. There is another product known as "gnatrol" that I use in my greenhouse to keep fungus gnats away. It's basically a purer and cheaper form of the mosquito dunks. It's also fully soluble in water. I've used it on a few roaches species before and it doesn't seem to affect them but it does kill springtails and isopods so I'm sure if there's any leaves:wood in the enclosure that the roaches primarily consume it may cause some issues.
  25. Sorry to resurrect this thread but hisser nymphs are serious escape artists and with most airtight containers of you allow the nymphs Togo without food long enough till they are skinny they can indeed squeeze their way under the foam seal. a product I'm currently testing that so far works waaaay better than Vaseline and is vastly cheaper than fluon is silicone "personal" lubricant applied very thinly using a cotton ball similiar to how ant keepers apply talcum powder as a barrier. So far it's stopped some of my fastest and best climbing ectobiids dead in their tracks without causing any harm to the tiniest of nymphs. While I still need to test on a species with even smaller nymphs as it does trap fungus gnats occasionally it seems to be working pretty fantastically and I'll never use Vaseline again(:
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