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  1. I used rolls of gutter guard recently, the roaches climb all over it.
  2. I keep all of my roaches on substrate that I would assume is bioactive at this point. Springtails and isopods with most of them. The soil becomes very rich, haven't had any issues with feeding them off or keeping them alive this way.
  3. I have attempted these I think 3 times now over the past several years. They always seem to dwindle down to 1 or 2 which live for a long time. This past attempt I thought I was going good, I had them in a deli cup and they matured from small nymphs to adults. I moved them to a larger bin and ended up getting nymphs. And BTW I put them in the exact same bin set up, temps, food, etc as my gyna caffrorum and gyna centurio. My caffrorum are doing well, they seem to go up and down in population, but still have decent numbers. My centurio are thriving to the point I've even somehow found an adult in my therea bin(still confused about that, all my bins have foam gaskets). So anyway. What's up with the lurida? I love their looks and really want to get a colony going. I'm back down to 1 nymph which has been living for a while now... looking and acting healthy. Why would the rest die off? Could the bin be too large? It's a little longer than a shoebox with about the same height and width. Coco coir, leaf litter, rotten wood, sphagnum, charcoal. Ventilation on side and one top. Moist and dry sides. No CuC other than some small springtails. Im really at a loss to what's going on, would really appreciate some feedback!
  4. Would like to see thoughts on this as well, I usually offer my chameleon a variety of different genus roaches in hopes that there is a difference in nutrition amongst them. I assumed roaches of the same genus would be similar, but that's just a guess.
  5. Rehoused my ivory roaches and all of the adults immediately started breeding.... like went crazy the second I dumped them in. My Byrostria do this a little when disturbed too. Lobster roaches trying to attack a hisser Hissers eating each other, even with food/protein... Pantanal roaches literally tackling food and anything I throw in the bin, even more so than ivories and orangeheads, which also do it.
  6. I either reduce ventilation for species that don't mind and like moisture, or I keep a lot of ventilation while pouring water into the substrate once or twice a week. My bugroom is heated with a space heater so the air stays pretty dry, this has worked well for me.
  7. I fed some organic peanut butter and a seed/nut butter mix that I had leftover in my fridge for a while. All the roaches, including hissers, loved it at first, but I overestimated how much they would eat and it turned into a weird moldy clump they wouldn't touch after a day or so.
  8. Bee pollen, all the roaches seem to like it
  9. I don't give my panchlora much ventilation, my others do well like this, maybe some of the adults dying off caused problems? Haven't experienced this with my other panchlora, but just a guess, there were a lot of adults.
  10. Like, how crowded? Hard to say, but not an extraordinary amount. I'd say not much more than my other bins of panchlora.
  11. I know right? I was surprised and completely lost at why this happened. Goes without saying, but was disappointing! Same substrate, same kind of bin, same temp(right next to my other panchlora in a heated room), nothing was really different. I did add some rotten wood and leaf litter, my others liked it and still do, but maybe some sort of fungi? Guess I'll never know.
  12. My speckled crashed being kept exactly the same as my p. Nivea and giants, which are thriving. So no idea why that happened.
  13. Trimmed our maple tree and have a lot of logs and branches with lichen and moss on them. I have used rotten maple wood and leaves in my enclosures in the past, but would it be safe to put the regular wood in? I was especially wondering this regarding superworms since I have a colony of them and they destroyed all their cork flats. But I also have plenty of roach colonies that would probably enjoy some new hiding spots/stuff to climb/chew on.
  14. Makes sense thank you. I haven't found many nymphs of any size dead. Seems to always be adults.
  15. These are old colonies, so maybe I'm just having a big wave of die offs from the adults?
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