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Everything posted by Jimbobtom

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bee pollen, all the roaches seem to like it
  4. 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.
  5. Like, how crowded? Hard to say, but not an extraordinary amount. I'd say not much more than my other bins of panchlora.
  6. 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.
  7. My speckled crashed being kept exactly the same as my p. Nivea and giants, which are thriving. So no idea why that happened.
  8. 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.
  9. Makes sense thank you. I haven't found many nymphs of any size dead. Seems to always be adults.
  10. These are old colonies, so maybe I'm just having a big wave of die offs from the adults?
  11. I've had 2 bins(none other for some reason) under assault. I'm only finding phorids on dead adults, which made me think the harmless, but annoying type. Now I'm wondering, could they be going after freshly molted roaches? I'm not seeing as many tiny nymphs in those bins so I'm worried they might be killing off my roaches molting into adulthood. Maybe they're just dying from old age too?
  12. A little off topic, but I guess it's my own thread to derail lol... I don't have any social media other than belonging to a few forums. You said facebook groups sell roaches? I thought I heard FB banned the selling of any animals, inverts included?
  13. Well thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions. I think I'll start baking everything I use from here on it. I wonder if this could be why i lost a few colonies in the past. Though some that i lost i didn't see any evidence of fungi, but nothing else was out of place.
  14. As always thanks hisserdude. That worries me! What is your preferred way of sterilization? I have seen low numbers in my panchlora bin, while my 'giants' are thriving in the same kind of set up. Also, how common are these kinds of molds/fungi? I've been throwing stuff in from outside for a long time and haven't had any issues(that I've noticed). In fact, the bins that have had it seem to be bins that I didn't use anything from outside. Or now that I think about it, maybe I added old leaf litter that I ordered online... and that probably wasn't sterilized. Lol just more things
  15. Hope this isn't too off topic, but has anyone here experienced dangerous fungi in their roach colonies? There have been a few times in the past that I've found roaches(usually in more humid bins) dead with a white or powdery greenish fungi all over them. I thought it was probably just a fungus in the soil opportunistically feeding on dead roaches because most of the roaches were unaffected and living fine. Also seems completely random in which bins it shows up, some have been humid with poor ventilation for a couple years now without ever having fungi show up. Others will be new or temporary b
  16. Seems to be that way in a little of animal hobbies. Not sure why though, easier to obtain things there maybe?
  17. Those are good ones! Never saw the yellow costa Rica panchlora available, but I've heard they're out there. I'm a big fan of yellows on animals/insects for sure! The only place I've seen P. Beybeinkoi available is on that 'my home nature site' which seems kind of odd/too good to be true.
  18. I wasn't even familiar with E. Yasumatsui or any of the others until now. I more recently got into keeping species for the purposes as pets(started out getting them as feeders and trading/selling some in the reptile community). Is anyone selling these currently, or are they rare/difficult? They look amazing!
  19. Oh very nice! I know centurio are available, wasn't aware of the Hemithyrsocera vittata or eucorydia yasumatsui. Do you keep them?
  20. Just curious which you all think are the most colorful/interesting looking species available? I'm sure this has been brought up at some point, but I had trouble searching for it. From everything I've come across, the emerald roaches are probably #1 for me. I've seen some pretty incredible looking species online, but I don't believe any are kept as pets for whatever reason.
  21. I got some horse food recently, it's a natural whole food mixture... oats, alfalfa, peas, sunflower seeds, papaya, flax, algae, etc. I feed my roaches off so I wanted something nutritious. Only thing is I have to blend it up to crush the seeds. Some species will chew the seeds, but others don't touch them. I'll leave some of them whole too and throw the food on the moist side of the bin, the oats sprout everywhere and I assume that's nutritious. Adds variety too. I also like to use big bags of organic carrots and veggie/fruit scraps. I've been thinking of adding some spirulina, bee
  22. Oh that's not too bad at all. Has anyone here used the flexwatt heat tape?
  23. Do you have lis on your bins? How do you keep it from melting the plastic?
  24. Thank you, I'll have to look into that. Wondering if there are large ones that could connect to multiple bins. Other wise it might be an overlord of electrical cords everywhere.
  25. So for like 30-50+ colonies, what do you guys find to be the best way to heat? I've been using a space heater on low setting, but even that is more expensive than I'd like. Safety is also a major concern. I think I may have even asked this before, but can't seem to find the thread.
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