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Mad About Cichlids

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  1. I started out with the same amount of Dubia and Discoids in the same enclosure and now the Dubias are out breeding the Discoids. Looks to be like 3/4 Dubia 1/4 Discoid now. I'm thinking about moving out the Discoids.
  2. With warm weather here it seems my roaches are eating and producing alot more now too, looks like I can get rid of the Lobsters and just keep the Dubias and Discoids.
  3. I'm in the process of getting rid of the lobsters and just focus Discoid and Dubias for now. I'll keep in mind to make vents on the sides next time, would really save alot of room(currently not stacking). Thanks I'll fix my avatar
  4. Right now I'm keeping Dubia and Discoid roaches in the same container and was just wondering if you think they'll breed fast and do better if they're kept in their own enclosures? Thanks in Advance
  5. Dubia and Discoids, I keep them in same container.
  6. The other day I was reheating some chicken mcnuggets and four pieces fell on the group. Fed it to the roaches and they loved it, that's the fastest I have seen them eat anything Just thought I would post a heads up.
  7. Just wondering if it's safe for the roaches and animals that will be eating them?
  8. Just wanted to show off my new roach enclosures that I just made. Old ones new ones new and old together
  9. Me bumping two old thread in day has never happened before but just wanted to say thanks for the ideas on this. I just made three storage bin roach enclosures using this method. Only difference is I cut hole on top instead the side, wish I would of cut the holes on the side instead so I can easily stack them on top each other.
  10. Sorry for bumping old thread but I believe my fly problem is also do to excessive moisture due to water crystals. As the enclosures without water crystals and are pretty dry barely has any flies in there when I open up the lids. This fly problem is really starting to bug my girlfriend so now I'm trying the screen top(hope that they can't get in and out to repopulate) and keeping the enclosures dry as possible.
  11. Can't wait till my colony gets to that size.
  12. Thanks for reply Yea I'm at a lost as to why my roaches are not eating as much as I think they should be. The only thing that I can tell they're eating are the breads but even that they seem to only nibble a little. There are no dead roaches lying around or anything out of the ordinary, besides the slow breeding so not really sure what's going on. All the adults matured about 3-4 months ago so I figure I would be seeing alot of nymphs running around but that's not the case.
  13. Somehow I mixed colony of Dubia and Discoid doesn't seem to eat at all and are producing very slowly. I'll throw a slice of orange in and it probably get a nibble or two before having to be thrown out a few days later. It goes the same with the dry dog food too, I'll throw a small handful in and a few days later it seems like nothing has been eating. I would guess my colony to be about around 200 roaches total. I'm thinking it might be the temp though, cause I just keep them at room temperature of 70-75. Heating here is free but my GF would kill me if I have the temp any higher Should I consider getting a heat mat? It's just very frustrating when your roaches are not eating and breeding like other people's. Foods I have tried: Dry Beneful dog food. pedigree canned dog food. white Wonder Bread apple orange fish flakes fish pellets any vegetables
  14. Here's a few I just took. It's very hard to hold this guy still.
  15. Thanks Guess I'll pass up on some for now since I already have some discoids and dubias.
  16. I just receive my shipment of hissers today and noticed one of the female has what looks to be half of a broken eggcase inside of her. Should I be worried and pull it out or just leave her as it is? Thanks
  17. I have read that they are fast producers but have a very horrible defensive smell. Just wondering if these would be good to use as feeders?
  18. What I usually do is if anyone ask any questions regarding roaches on other forums, I'll give them the answers they need along with a link to here, saying here's a great site for more info as I don't want to upset the Mods/Admins. Maybe start a raffle or something. For example members with at least 20 post will get put into a drawing for whatever prizes.
  19. Spirulina are great for all animals. I even remember seeing a show where they were making spirulina pills for people as a daily supplement
  20. Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I just observe that it's true that roaches need light, well at least the lobsters. I threw in some dog chows and greens, close the lid and closet down. Anyways I check a few days later and barely any food was touched at all so I decided to leave the closest door open so the roaches can get some lights. Checked back a few hours later and all the foods were gone
  21. I read somewhere saying that the red dye in dog food used for feeding roaches is bad for amphibians. Also that dog food is too fatty which can cause corneal lipidosis in frogs. Anyone know of any truth to this? If so what are some alternatives out there? I just started using dry dog food and my roaches seem to be doing a lot better. But would stop if it's going to do any harm to my frogs. Thanks here's a quick article someone posted Cholesterol, corneal lipidosis, and xanthomatosis in amphibians. Kevin Wright, DVM Vet Clin Exot Anim 6 (2003) 155-167 Page 159-160 "Crickets are often raised on commercially produced dog kibble that has significantly higher levels of cholesterol then the diets crickets would consume in the wild." Then they explain a test done with Cuban Tree frogs, one group fed high cholesterol, one group fed domestic Crickets, and a wild group ..."captive frogs offered a high cholesterol diet .... developed higher serum cholesterol then either the wild frogs or captive frogs fed domestic crickets. Futhermore, VLDL, LDL, and HDL cholesterol, as well as cholesterol-phospholipid ratio, were mildy to markedly elevated in the captive frogs compared to the wild frogs. It is likley that most captive amphibians consume more cholesterol then they would in the wild. Corneal lipidosis and xanthomatosis, which have been linked to high cholesterol diet and hypercholesterolemia in other species, may result from errors in lipid transport and storage as a result of this high-cholesterol diet"
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