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  1. Thank you very much! I added egg crates and since then I saw zero malformation in freshly molted roaches. I'll find a way to give away the overpopulation so I can keep a decent temperature. Thank you again, you helped me a lot
  2. Thank you very much for the answer. That's nice, I'll add some genetic variation in a few month and more egg crates asap. I'm waiting for the breeder to get some Psytalla horrida in june to everything at once. My problem is having too much breeding, I'd like to slow it down a bit. I don't take roaches out fast enough to get a steady colony. Would turning off the heater work ? I'm trying to give some to my friends for their reptile but my colony is just too fast right now lol
  3. Hello everyone, Recenlty I've been having more and more malformation in my dubia colony. I asked a huge local breeder and he told me that malformation was not proven to be affected by inbreeding. Then he told me that overpopulation might cause molting issues. The other parameters are fine, I've had that colony for about a year and I've never had any problem before. They are indeed a bit overpopulated right now Can I trust that breeder ? Is inbreeding really not related to inbreeding ? Also, would they still breed at room temperature ? I still need them to reproduce but slower. M
  4. I don't think so. My colony just settled in. This is my first colony by the way. I have tons of tiny babies but not that much adults... and I ordered 500 of them since I did not know if they would survive and also since they're kind of endearing. The heat and fermentation problem seems solved. This morning it does not smell anymore and the substrate is at a normal temperature. I decreased ventilation and increased humidity. Thanks again for the piece of advice. Have a good one
  5. Indeed, I made a mistake with the food. I gave them rice and they pulled it everywhere in the substrate. It was rotting. I realized that when I looked into the substrate and found it was very hot. Fermentation produces heat! Currently a bit of decaying food is left but the substrate is much colder than a few days ago. I guess there is less fermentation activity which is a good thing. I have a few dead roaches but the colony should be fine. I removed the closed lid to put some mesh lid on top to increase ventilation. Thanks for the reply Hisserdude !
  6. Hello everyone, 2 days ago I gave my cockroaches some meal. This morning I opened the bin and noticed my roaches were on their back and not moving. I also noticed an alcohol odor which probably comes from fermentation. They are Pycnoscelus surinamensis. They don't have much ventilation to keep the substrate moist and also to prevent escapes since they climb everything. I removed some roaches and noticed they would wake up and run pretty fast. I isolated a few of them and opened the lid to allow ethanol to evaporate. I couldn't isolate more since I have an exam this morning Do
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