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Everything posted by jebbewocky

  1. Roaches as far as we know, don't feel pain. I don't think there's anything cruel about this.
  2. Yep. I think the original feeder roaches were G.portentosa though. Personally, I keep Eublaberus and Blaberus instead, but to each their own.
  3. Glad to help. Profile pic preference varies, there's not like a rule or anything. They might not breed quite as fast. Some species allegedly breed slower in multi-species setups, or could get out-competed by the other. If it were me, I wouldn't bother separating them, but I don't know how fast your beardie mows through them, or how interested you are in keeping both species. I wouldn't keep Eublaberus species with anything else, but Blaberus or dubia I don't think would be a problem.
  4. Back when I used to browse reptilerooms, discoids where the "in" feeder roach. They get bigger than dubia, but breed a little slower. They'll make a fine feeder for your dragon and they won't hybridize with the dubia. Blaberus tend to be good neighbors with other roaches IME. They should still keep up with your dragon if you separate and keep all the roaches heated. Looking at the scale comparisons in your pic, I'm reasonably certain you have a B.discoidalis, or some hybrid thereof, and not a B.giganteus. The spotted nymphs are typical of Blaberus species.
  5. Define "small" in inches or mm please. That'll help. Also, I wouldn't trust even non-climbers in an exo-terra or anything with front loading doors.
  6. There's no reason for shouting! Applesauce is fine, but yes, spreading it out over an area so it has a shallow depth is a good idea.
  7. My E.distanti and H.tenebricosa are probably my most handleable.
  8. I'd be willing to pay for them if I can afford it and I had some husbandry info.
  9. If you go with a Blaberus you can just feed off the nymphs.
  10. I only caught part of it--it was a presentation that he used to give to RVers in TX who would come across Tarantulas in the wild. After awhile we realized we were hungry and exhausted so we left partway through.
  11. Long story short, I'm switching feeder stock, and B.dubia doesn't really do it for me. Anyone know of someone who has *pure* B.discoidalis?
  12. Keith gets my vote as well. I'm going to have to get some more rep here to make people nominate me next time haha.
  13. Seconding the B.giganteus and H.tenebricosa. My G.portentosa never really started breeding for me until I got rid of the heat lamp. Probably coincidence, but they're still breeding.
  14. They usually have hissers & dubia in stock. Maybe some discoids too, not sure. All I've seen there. It's an awesome place though!
  15. Yeah man, they'll be fine for 8 days as long as it doesn't get too cold. You might have breeding slow down during that period, but it'd pick up again later. I recommend NOT feeding them the night before because any leftovers will be left in there for 8 days. I'd feed two nights before you leave.
  16. I'm sure this topic has been brought up before, but it's been awhile and I figured it'd be worth bringing up new. I've tested a few different communal colonies. Specifically: 1.) B.giganteus/H.tenebricosa: Successful in terms of production, however, eventually overcrowding with the giganteus leads to wing deformities. I didn't notice a particularly high death rate, and I suspect a larger tank with more vertical spaces and a deeper substate for H.tenebricosa would fix the issue. 2.) E.distanti/B.craniifer: I lost most of the B.craniifer. Never found them, I assume they were eaten by the E.distanti. 3.) G.portentosa/B.craniifer: Much better, most successful communal so far. I'm actually going to have to start culling. 4.) G.portentosa/B.giganteus/H.tenebricosa: Limited success. The G.portentosa wouldn't breed until I moved them out. I suspect their numbers were too small to keep up with the other two species.
  17. I don't know about preferring lower temps, but I've noticed my B.giganteus breed fine in like the 60s-70s that my apartment is at during the winter. They live in caves, which might be cooler, so I wouldn't keep them outside if it gets above 90F. Also pepper roaches aren't a Blaberus species.
  18. I generally include protein in the form of fish flakes, they really like it, and respond better to it than any other protein source I've tried otherwise.
  19. Actually, I was thinking..if you feed your roaches to like a monitor or a bearded dragon, they make beardie bites and tegu bites etc as dry foods. Maybe those would work for roaches too, and be kind of a gut load?
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