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  1. Oh, and my hissers do actually go nuts for banana! Forgot that one
  2. Mine love lots of foods but their faves are fish food, repashy bug burger, and squash. Try out zucchini, yellow or butternut squashes. Roaches in general seem to like them. I would keep in mind something I've noticed; hissers don't seem to eat a ton or get like, nuts about most things. They seem to eat a fair amount then stop for a day. Mine get excited about fish pellets but not much else. Not that they don't like the foods, I just don't think they're as crazy overall about eating as say dubia. My dubia go nuts for anything lol....except leafy greens, they seem to hate those haha. So it may b
  3. Thanks for the advice! I agree, plastic and heat worry me too. People do it but I reaaaaaly don't wanna risk melting or starting a fire.
  4. That makes sense! I've got a rotary cutter that I can use for cutting ventilation and actually have some heat resistant aluminum screen on hand that I got to upgrade my dubia bin. I've seen lots of mom and pop shops that do signage and stuff so I'll check there and at a hardware store. Didn't know that about plexiglass; I'll keep that in mind if heating needs to go on top. Thanks, this has all been very helpful in getting some ideas for set ups!
  5. Hi! Yes I agree they do crack though they are really convenient. I can get away with a heavy duty boxcutter on some bins but others need a power tool or they crack. I'm also extremely apprehensive about putting heating elements on plastic directly such as pads. They're known to malfunction, even on a thermostat, and would start a fire at worst, and at the least cook the colony. I know people do it but it makes me nervous so I use heat emitters that sit away from the top of the bin and my dubia love it. Haha I know that was off topic. I'll have to check out the screen, as I'd love something tha
  6. Thanks for the advice! I was most concerned with H. palliata as I want to keep them secure but still allow them ample light as they're day active; plus I'd love to watch them. Would you cut a ventilation hole for mesh in the plexiglass lid or just drill holes? Would I go to hardware store to get something like that made? I'm a beginner in DIY stuff and own a power tool or two but I'm no bob the Builder haha.
  7. Yeah I feel the same haha. My roaches all seem to like it across the board.
  8. @FlamingSwampert Nice name btw! I love the Hoenn starters. Sceptiles my fave but I love Swampert too!
  9. Love Orin's books btw! I also own the Isopods one and the small centipede handbook. Never knew centipedes ate fruits until I read it. Sure enough, my Vietnamese Giant loved a banana treat the other night.
  10. Hi Everyone! Thanks for the advice! I actually own For The Love of Cockroaches (Amazing book btw). Just was looking for any other insight. I really appreciate the information, it's bound to be helpful! Hoping everything goes well! I hopefully can get them all to breed and be able to spread more of them in the hobby. They should be a lot of fun to raise!
  11. Continuing my earlier reply; I think that people are gonna end up with more roaches instead of eliminating them with cucumber skin lol. Could be that P. americana or B. germanica don't enjoy it but I've never heard of that being the case. I'll be getting P. americana nymphs soon so I can test if they eat it and report back if anyone is interested in knowing how they react but I'm certain they'll eat it.
  12. Hi Everyone, Haha I wonder if the skins thing might just be misinformation going around the general public because all my species actually eat the skin first, even if the cucumber flesh is there. The first day any cucumber slices are there, they clean the skin like CRAZY and I just see the flesh sitting there. Oddly, they don't seem to care for the flesh as much. I don't know if it's the taste, smell, or color of the skins but they love it. The ones that have eaten it under my care are: Common Hissers Halloween Hissers Dubia Roaches - These guys are INSANE about the skin. T
  13. Hi Everyone! I'm a fairly new roach hobbyist (Been in the hobby around a year now). I'm getting several new species and have consulted some helpful websites such as RoachCrossing and have basic care requirements. I wanted to know if anyone had any in depth care advice for any of these species? I totally understand some of these are not commonly kept so I understand if not many people keep them. I'll list them below and anyone feel free to chime in and share your experiences with them. Anything helps! New Species on the Way (In about a month): Periplaneta americana (White Eye and
  14. @LittleBandiI just wanted to drop in and say it's awesome you rescued some of the dubias at a pet store! I did that once as well and they grew up nice and healthy. I always feel bad for the little guys as they usually look really hungry and dehydrated at big box pet stores.
  15. @HisserdudeThat's interesting about the booklice! Have they been used at all before in drier roach enclosures to help keep things clean? I don't know if they could pose issues or not but I was curious if anyone in the hobby has intentionally introduced them to enclosures before. Sorry if this is a rookie question, I'm still somewhat new and have only kept roaches for a year, half that if we're talking seriously keeping them for the purpose of helping the hobby. Thanks for any info you can provide in advance!
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