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  1. I used some data on population by volume, reproduction rates, and the feed mass conversion efficiency of crickets to estimate the required feeding rates. It's not quite ideal, and I'm sure the mass required varies significantly based on the optimization of the diet and other factors, but at least I have something. I will make measurements when I finally build the enclosure, and hopefully clear up some of these numbers.
  2. Hi all, What is the mass of dry food that a typical adult G. portentosa hissing roach will eat over time? I am planning to feed dry food to a colony and I need to know exactly how much I will need. I have not been able to find any scientific literature with this value yet. Thanks!
  3. Ok, in that case I think I will be fine. It's not actually possible to leave the lid open in normal operation, and all the holes should be below 1 mm.
  4. I need it to be completely enclosed anyway, so it shouldn't matter if they can climb around inside. What do you suppose is the maximum clearance where the babies won't fit? I've heard they are about 1 mm. Fine metal screens for ventilation, and all other parts of the enclosure will be closed at all times with rubber seals. My main concern is keeping the air vents with small enough holes that can't be walked or chewed through. I found a 304 stainless steel screen on Amazon that says 0.18 mm holes, do you think that will be enough?
  5. That's a good idea. I have a big roll of it that I can use, I'd just have to do something about the sharp edges.
  6. Hello, I would like to know if you can think of an alternative surface to eggflats that could be used for roaches to climb around on that is a fabric or similarly flexible material which could be hung in several sheets from the top of the enclosure, and hopefully last a very long time without decaying. Ideally this would also be flame-resistant for safety purposes. Thanks!
  7. Hi all, I would like to know how many adult individuals would be in a productive hissing roach bin? Additionally, the number of adults you are able to take out per week would be helpful. I am trying to do some calculations on food output over time. Thanks!
  8. I don't think the lamp will ignite anything in the enclosure unless you're torching your roaches at 400+ degrees. Just make sure the lamp is not touching anything flammable or meltable itself and has enough room to radiate excess heat away.
  9. Hello! I'm working on a rather unusual custom enclosure and I am preparing to get some feeder roaches (probably G. portentosa) to farm in it. I thought it would be a good idea to sign up and get some of my last questions answered! I currently have a couple small bins of mealworms, and I kept crickets for a while but now I'd like to try roaches instead.
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