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  1. 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.
  2. Ah I see. I've never gotten a chance to buy any before so never knew they could be used as clean up crews.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I love the zebra bois! One of my favorite species!
  8. 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.
  9. Hmm, maybe a neurological issue? Do you know where they come from? Or what he may be feeding?
  10. 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!
  11. My simandoans do the same lol! They squirrel away fish pellets like my hamster does haha
  12. I wanted to know if anyone knows what in the world kind of roach I found in my Domino roach enclosure. First time I've seen it and it's a really cool roach. My first guess was an Ergaula species; one of the beetle mimics. The file is too big to attach here; would anyone be able to do an ID if I was able to email you the pic? Thanks for any assistance!
  13. Hi Portentosa! I have many hissers and figured I'd give some care advice. I wouldn't worry too much about them not eating a ton. Hissers don't seem to eat much and don't have a strong feeding response. You're feeding good stuff, they just may not eat a ton. For example, mine didn't start clearing large food amounts until they got to the amount of 50-60 large hissers. Might try adding in oranges or banana as they love those. Fish pellets too. They aren't picky eaters though. As far as moisture is concerned, hissers (most species), are not picky or particular about humidity. They hail from humid Madagascar forests but don't seem to mind drier conditions. I keep mine at moderate humidity but not really wet. They do just fine on no substrate, or dry substrate as long as you offer water crystals or fruits and veggies. I prefer to mist nightly or every other night (depending on how much ventilation there is) and they will drink the droplets. But honestly, just like dubia, they really don't seem to care what humidity they are at so long as you give them consistent food, water sources, and space adequate to colony size. Hope that helps and I'm happy to talk more if you need any other advice! I love hissers and am always happy to see people keeping them!
  14. Looks like Blaptica dubia and those are commonly raised so it's probably just a few rogue dubia. Though Byrsotria fumigata looks very similar so you may want to ask the museum directly on an exact species match.
  15. Oh, and my hissers do actually go nuts for banana! Forgot that one
  16. 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 be your hissers are just behaving with a normal excitement level.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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 that a dome lamp can sit on. I got some aluminum screen from lowes the other day but steel is even better. Thanks for the advice!
  20. 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.
  21. Yeah I feel the same haha. My roaches all seem to like it across the board.
  22. @FlamingSwampert Nice name btw! I love the Hoenn starters. Sceptiles my fave but I love Swampert too!
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