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  1. I appreciate the advice as the adults and nymphs have grown well but aren't producing heavily. I'll switch to more humidity and see if that helps! I read your care guide and should def be able to switch them to that.
  2. I have the same issue occasionally with fungus gnats and phorrid flies. I recommend using sealed storage containers/gasket bins, cutting a rectangle or two off the top, then hot gluing small insect mesh over it. This still won't keep out gnats or phorrids completely, but that's why I also use masking tape to tape paper towel over the mesh. This allows for the roaches to breathe but keeps everything else out. It also keeps moisture in better than just mesh. I'd recommend taking the hissers out, trashing the substrate, and using a new batch of substrate, then tape paper towel over the vents. It's something I learned from Peter Clausen of Bugs in Cyberspace though he does it by putting paper town over the bin opening then simply closing the lid. He mentioned in a vid that the ventilation holes aren't always needed and enough air will still get in. I now put paper towels over all my bins as it keeps those pesky flies from trying to breed in there.
  3. Ah I see. I've never gotten a chance to buy any before so never knew they could be used as clean up crews.
  4. I'll try it out! I found mine take to leafy greens more than I thought; though it could just be they devour anything when there are enough dubia lol.
  5. Yeah though they make up for it by being the most expressive roaches I have. They have such unique personalities for each individual. Many smaller species kinda behave similarly. But my hissers all react differently to me.
  6. Most other species other than the ones I mentioned might be a pain to either keep or feed due to burrowing, climbing and slow reproduction.
  7. It might be hard to find a large species that doesn't climb or burrow. Most roaches can either fly, burrow, or climb/run fast. some like P. americana can do 2 of the 3 but don't really burrow. If you don't want climbing, I'd steer clear of any hissers, Periplaneta species, or many other common non burrowers. I'd suggest Turkestans (B or S lateralis) but they don't get large at all. I honestly recommend a Blaberus species or Eublaberus species. Good ones include B. craniifer and giganteus as well as E. posticus or E. sp Ivory. Honestly, orange heads might work best as they're one of the cheaper large feeders, breed fast, and don't climb or fly. But being ultra honest, I'd honestly either stick with dubia or orange heads if you don't want climbing. If you don't mind climbers, I'd recommend P. Americana or even potentially Paratemnopteryx colouniana (Though these guys are rather small). Hope that helps! Turkestans are like the only ones I find that can't fly (well anyway) burrow or climb. They're just kinda small for full size Ts. I might recommend superworms actually. My Pink Toe loves them and I can easily put them in her web or tong feed her. Though she doesn't burrow so I would steer clear of superworms for burrowing Ts. They could get lost in the substrate and will harm pets if left hungry.
  8. I love the zebra bois! One of my favorite species!
  9. Hey! Not sure how much you'd be wanting for them but I'm happy to pay shipping and take them in! I have several hisser cultures as pets and I'd love to give the nymphs a good home! Hissers usually aren't worth much money but once again, I'm happy to take them off your hands or at least pay for shipping so long as it isn't too expensive for the shipping.
  10. Hmm, maybe a neurological issue? Do you know where they come from? Or what he may be feeding?
  11. Haha I actually have two! One behavior witnessed two years ago and one witnessed today. 1. Dubia hunting live prey - One night in 2019 I put some mealworms into a set of about 20 mixed Dubia nymphs (Mostly large and medium sized nymphs). These nymphs had not encountered mealworms before. I noticed several hunting the mealworms and eating them live similar to behavior seen by orange head roaches. Really bizarre behavior as my Dubia colony never attack their tank mates like mealworms or dermestid beetles. Maybe because the nymphs didn't get enough protein? I was fresh as a roach hobbyist back then and didn't know what I do now. My roaches have balanced diets now but back then I probably didn't feed enough protein so they hunted foreign invertebrates to get it. They never turned to cannibalism thankfully. 2. Male Hisser Ramming Female - This was really odd. When I was feeding one of several hisser colonies I have I noticed a male charging and ramming multiple females like he would a rival male. This was odd as they NEVER from what I've seen charge females. All the males I've seen love their lady Hissers but this one wasn't having it. He rammed two that I saw and finally calmed down after several seconds. He then went to eat the fish pellets I gave them lol. Roaches are so interesting. So many intriguing behaviors!
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