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scottbot84 last won the day on October 14 2020

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  1. To my untrained eye color and shape look more like pictures I've seen of adults. Male is definitely mature, so fingers crossed.
  2. Female just molted, so was definitely not mature. Waiting to see what she looks like after her exoskeleton hardens and her color is final.
  3. yeah he seems like a smaller male, especially given his maturity time. Female definitely changed color last molt, it's been much more of a "candy apple" red, initially I thought it was just due to a fresh molt. She might have another molt or two, I'm not sure.
  4. My pair of Rhino roaches may or may not have matured recently, it seems too soon but after a recent molt I'm seeing adult coloration and the male has a noticeable scoop. Both are around the same age, being born in Spring (April/June) 2019 or so. Looking at pics the male seems most likely to be mature, not sure about the female. Does it seem like I have a few molts to go or should I cross my fingers for nymphs in the next year or so? Here's the male Sorry for quality but the scoop is pretty obvious. Here's a quick snap of the female
  5. Brief update: I have been using this setup for almost a year with no issues. It's worked fine even for species with small nymphs that climb. Just be sure to check under the lid since there can be hiding spots even if escape isn't possibe.
  6. Fish food, beetle jelly, and pollen seem to work for me. Growth really took off after I added a bit of heat to one end of the enclosure and some fish flakes. Not sure which one did the trick.
  7. I meant to do this a long time ago and totally forgot. I got started in late 2018 raising Dubia roaches for my son's lizard. I'd had reptiles, chelonians and such in the past but never inverts. The roaches turned out to be more interesting than reptiles to me, and my son started collecting bugs and getting interested in entomology. The combination of a move to a larger house with dedicated office/invert space and time at home due to the pandemic really accelerated my acquisition of new species. Tracking them down is really fun, but I enjoy raising them as well. It's quite relaxing to take care of them and see their progress. It's also a great way to connect with my son (6) and two daughters (3 and 2). This community has been a great resource for me and I try to pay it forward whenever I can.
  8. I'll try that, I was thinking I might have let their tub dry out a bit too much. The moist end is on a heating pad that seems to dry out the substrate even though it's on a thermostat and not on very much. I'll turn down the temps a bit and add more water.
  9. While checking my bids I thought to do a count of my Polyphaga saussurei, I started with maybe a dozen small nymphs and have had some slow die off (1 every two months or so), just infrequent enough it was easy to miss. On this most recent check I lost my largest adult and smallest nymph, and have 4 large subadult nymphs remaining. Since this species is parthenogenic I just need one producing adult to keep my culture alive. The odd thing is that I keep two other related species (P. aegyptiaca and E. sinensis) in virtually identical conditions in adjoining bins that were started at the same time, and both are thriving with a good number of ootheca. Any thoughts on what could be the cause and what steps I can take to resolve it? I have all 3 species in well ventilated 6qt bins with coco choir and hardwood leaves, feeding beetle jelly and koi food pellets. Jelly is always available and I keep one corner of the enclosure moist and leave the rest bone dry (misting the whole enclosure occasionally). I use a heat mat to provide a warm end of ~78F, the rest of the enclosure is room temp (~73-75F)
  10. I've not found them to be particularly delicate, although the cost definitely makes you more careful. They really aren't all that picky about substrate unless you make it deep enough for them to construct tunnels, which doesn't seem to be necessary and can actually be risky if the mixture is incorrect. @Peter Clausen posted a good video recently that might help
  11. I've had decent luck with a mix of coconut fiber and miracle grow organic raised bed soil, although I do find the soil has little bit of plastic sometimes, which don't really pose a problem once removed
  12. It's a shame his site is down, it is/was a great resource for new hobbyists, with good basic info on a variety of species.
  13. One mat heats 3 small bins (long 6qt) for me, I only heat one end to provide a gradient. So for my 12 bins I only use 4 mats.
  14. I'm only using this method for a dozen colonies, but I use small heat mats used for starting seeds with a thermostat (probe goes in the substrate of one of the bins). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0829G6VGY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E9IO6N0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 More expensive up front than a space heater but loads cheaper in the long run and much easier to control temps.
  15. I use lower quality dog food (with grain) for my feeder roaches (they also get fruits, veggies, and other good stuff). For my smaller groups I use high quality Koi pellet food, which seems to be working well. I use fish flakes occasionally but they mix into the substrate, making it harder to determine how much was eaten.
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