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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.
  16. It's worth noting that depending on the tub and fit of the tape you may have a few loose spots. In addition to the built in latches I also added a few binder clips to the unlatched sides to tighten the seal. so far a Gyna Centurion male has reached the gasket and has not been able to breach it. Not sure how smaller species like P. nivea would fare, but I would probably use a premade gasket tub in that case.
  17. An FYI that I'm finding it fairly easy to make a gasket tub out of a normal Sterilite latching tub (like these). All you really need is some foam insulation tape cut into strips that fit around the inner lid. The foam compresses quite a bit so the lid is able to still latch closed. Waiting to see how the foam holds up over time, but so far this trick has worked well for me.
  18. No I don't mind at all. I just use a tub with a latching lid with 2 holes (top and 1 end) I cut with a hole saw. I then glued plastic mesh to keep other bugs out. That's pretty much my standard setup now, ventilation on one end seems to allow for a humidity gradient when only misting the unventilated side. Hope that helps.
  19. For The Love Of Cockroaches is indispensable BTW. I don't think I would have gotten into the hobby without it.
  20. That makes sense, I don't see a big difference in care in this case with 2 enclosures vs 1. With other animals where I've had immature males together that will become aggressive at maturity and it can be hard to know when they need to be separated. Aggression isn't always super obvious also, so it's hard to know when animals are stressed until there are symptoms (stunted growth, die off, etc.). The size discrepancy is pretty small overall, so I'll keep monitoring and adjusting as needed.
  21. I don't think they are all that picky about humidity, but I would think higher humidity could lead to mold and other problems. 40-60 seems like a good range, I keep mine in a ventilated container (hole in side with mesh) with water crystals and they seem to do well.
  22. I could be looking at outdated care info, or could just be overly cautious It doesn't sound like I need to worry too much, but considering the investment it pays to stay on the safe side.
  23. That's kind of what I thought, my thinking is that it's easier to monitor them and I won't need to change anything as they mature. Otherwise all my eggs in are in one basket (almost literally) and I will need to watch for signs of male aggression to know when to separate them. I think right now I will plan to house the males and females separately for a short time to quarantine and then house them in pairs after that. It doesn't sound like there is any aggression except between mature males.
  24. Hi all, I'm lucky enough to soon have two pairs of 1 year old rhino roaches. The two males I have are housed together since they are not sexually mature and are the same size. The two females I am getting are likely a bit smaller but are only a few months younger. Should I: A. House them separately, since they are solitary in the wild. B. House the males and females separately until they are mature? C. House the pairs separately? Not sure what works best and there isn't a lot of margin of error with only 4 individuals. Definitely thinking 2 enclosures minimum as insurance against issues in one enclosure or another.
  25. My Eublaberus (E. Posticus) are my best composters. T hey eat voraciously and very quickly, especially fruit and meat. Other than the defensive odor they produce I prefer them over my Dubia. Oddly enough they also seem easier to handle than my Dubia by my children. My inignis seemed to eat a lot slower but did seem to like fresh greens more than my other species.
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