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thelifemotif last won the day on September 22 2019

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  1. Ok perfect! But does gyna lurida eat less than other gynas species or rather it's a common feature of all gynas compared to other roaches? Anyway this are some pictures I've taken
  2. Thank you! Now both species are arrived and they seemed very healty when I handled them to put the in the enclosures, I have like 50 mixed gynas and 100+ Panchloras, I ordered the 120 pack but I think that considering the tiny neanids they are actually more than 200. Anyway they quickly disappear in their enclosure and I almost never see them except for crazy gyna males at night, is that normal? Panchlora neanids are invisible while adults are on one side of the container doing nothig. Both almost do not eat. I think this should be normal at the beginning but I don't know.... I also think since now the weather it's not so much hot 20-23 the roaches could not be at their full potential, but I hope the heat cable will create optimal thriving conditions when I will turn it on.
  3. Actually these kind of grey springtails also tend to inhabit my terrariums and my eclosures on their own, they came from outside I guess and now they are in the ground in large numbers sometimes, but they are defenitely not harmful and they help eating away even the smallest piece of leftovers...
  4. 1) I added some half bamboo sticks (large), some barks/woods and some very large leaves I've found, so that they can climb. I would like to avoid egg cartoons since I like the "natural" look it has now 2) For the Panchlora I've built a similar container but with a smaller net window so that it would keep more humidity in it, of course the opening can be closed completely if necessary. Should I do something extra to keep the humidity for them? (Is there a specific substrate to use?) If they like more hides I could use some big pieces of bark, coco shells, and some woods if it's fine. 3) About the "humidity gradient" it should be enough the net windows (the enclosure will be more dry close to it) or should I also use some other strategy like using two substrates? They heat cable it's already not simmetrical to provide temperature gradient. I think if I also give them something to climb gyna will use it to avoid the substrate and stay drier if they wish. My G. Centurio are great climbers! For the heat cable I prefer to use it inside since it's much more efficient energetically, and this cable doesn't really get hot (I've tested it), it's also completely insulated. Plus I am planning to use it with a dimmer to lower the power as needed. Btw it's already 15w the minimun available... 4) Thanks! Anyway I've made another port like that also the in the second container so now both have a secondary access just to be sure! Anyway thanks for answering!
  5. Hi! I've recently bought online these species and I am setting the enclosure for them, they are not arrived yet... I've set up this enclosure which could be used either for P. Nivea or G. Lurida dependings on which would fit better in it according to your opinion, but I am planning to build something similar for the other specie. It's basically a wide plastic box with some openings I've made and closed with mosquito net and hot glue, it has a large lid but also a smaller entrance I've made recycling a DVD box (it worked pretty well actually) so that If I need to open the container at night or for feeding I won't let the whole colony fly away! Inside there's a heat cable for the winter (T normally is 17-18 C in the house), and the subtrate is made of coco fiber, peat moss, sphagnum moss and powdered leaves (I've crushed some dried oak leaves and others). On the top there is a layer of dried leaves sterilized in the owen. Do you think it could be a fine arrangement for one of these species?
  6. Hi! I'm new to this forum and as far as I have seen on the internet this is the best I've found about roaches... Actually I've started looking at these guys as feeder for my mantids but then I discovered a hidden beauty I couldn't ignore... Especially when I've discovered the genus Gyna! Anyway after some research on the internet I've found an italian site (I live in Italy) which was selling the centurions and I've bought two packs of them since they really amazed me as colorful and cute creatures. around 15 arrived mixed from nymphs and adults but some adults died short after the arrival, probably due to old age... Basically I had 3 adults females, many males, and some nymphs. I started to discover them and learn more about their behaviour even tough I found pretty much nothing on the internet about them, they are very shy and spend most time burrowed but they emerge at the first shadow to eat and chew some leaves. Btw the males are actually crazy sometimes and they keep running and flying everywhere, I've also noticed that all stages like to climb and "reach high places" since at first I've put them in a large naturalistic terrarium, and only later I've placed them in a small container since they were too few and I wanted to monitorate them better. The thing is that finally when I've changed the substrate some days ago I've found more than 20 whites nymphs around one of the females! I've counted and separeted 24 of them and placed them in another smaller container. Later however I've discovered more of them still in the adult container and I left them there. They turned into brown few hours later and they also started eating a little bit of fish food and leaves, pretty much like the adults. I see them very healty and active for now, I can't see them often actually but as soon as I lift a death leaf they are all running and scampering underneth it... Now I'm planning to raise them in order to have a remarkable colony as final goal and at the same time I want to study them and understand more about their behaviour and their optimal habitat, since almost no information are available online... Has anyone here ever kept them before? If someone is willing to give me some advice it would be great and if you wish I will keep you updated about the nymphs's growth! These are some pics of the tiny roaches and the container, sorry for the poor quality I will try to make better pic next time. (I'm using the phone...)
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