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  1. No problem, hopefully that helped them out a bit! Though if it's truly a fungal infection, it'd likely come back... And no, springtails wouldn't help much with keeping the roaches clean, just the substrate itself.
  2. You have any clearer pictures? Kinda hard for me to see, but besides something fungal, the only other option would be grain mites sticking to your hisser in their hyposus stage, but it doesn't look like grain mites to me in those two pictures... As for removal, I'm really not sure what to do, have never had this type of fungal infections in my hissers before. If you wanna introduce commensal mites to them, all you'd have to do is buy hissers from someone who's got those mites in their colonies.
  3. Unless those are grain mites in their hyposus stage, I'm not sure what that stuff is, almost looks fungal... The commensal mites hissers often come with would probably help with that.
  4. Added Elliptorhina cf. coquereliana, a species that's apparently been in the hobby for a little while now, but people are just now starting to post about them in some of the roach groups...
  5. If all the people who got scammed or ripped off by Kyle left reviews on him here, you'd realize how poor a vendor he's actually been these past few years... He'll make a few good sales every now and then, which has been enough to keep him afloat, but he's been essentially blacklisted from most of the roach communities ATM...
  6. There's a big discussion going about this on FB... Even if Kyle renews the website, he is essentially done for in Blatticulture, his once immaculate reputation is now in tatters, he has not been fit to run a business, or even care for his animals adequately in the past few years. He's neglected many of his species to death, including some colonies that were the last of their kind in the US. Sad, but true. The quality of animals he's been sending out as of late has gotten worse and worse as well. I for one am done with hoping for a "glorious return" from Roachcrossing, those days are good
  7. No problem! I've also noticed that when Surinam roach colonies get overcrowded, they do produce a lot of heat, and many individuals often die due to the overcrowding and rot, so that could have been an issue as well, if you have hundreds of them in there.
  8. I'd increase ventilation while they're recovering, I've never had this issue personally, may have been due to the specific type of food you were using?
  9. So far no problems like beetle forum had for me!
  10. Could have sworn I saw someone on Facebook trying to isolate this very morph, don't know what happened with them... πŸ€”
  11. Good to know, I'll be keeping an eye out for this feature... I only have one male in this starter group, so even if he looks good, probably won't be able to see if the scoop shape is consistent in this bloodline until the next generation.
  12. Shelfordella lateralis, adult female.
  13. She's matured, looking pretty pure to me, fingers crossed her siblings come out looking much the same! 😁
  14. They've started maturing! 😁 Females: Pair: Male:
  15. Hisserdude


    My plans for 2020, in the air... πŸ˜‚
  16. Nice, glad they're doing well for you, good luck with those little cuties, seeing adults in person is such a cool experience! 😁
  17. This is true, but that's more so to keep them gestating their broods at a decent rate instead of only giving birth like every six months... Shouldn't affect the mortality rates of nymphs and females, I have heard of adult males dying prematurely due to a lack of ventilation though, (P.magnifica males should live at least 6 months on average). They may be slightly less active with less airflow too.
  18. Well I never updated y'all but that first pair never bred, adult Lucihormetica apparently don't handle shipping that well, none of the adult Lucihormetica I received ever bred for me, and several of my friends have had the same experience when receiving adults, (but have established colonies of those same species from nymphs they bought just fine). Anyways, here I am, starting with a group of small nymphs in 2020, hope I can rear them up and breed them successfully! 😁
  19. Just keep them in a container filled with a few inches of substrate, (coconut fiber works great), and keep it moist, either by pouring small amounts of water on the substrate or by misting it with a spray bottle. No water bowls are needed if the substrate is moist and they are fed fresh fruits or veggies every so often, and they may in fact drown in a water dish. Feed them every couple days to once a week, keep them warm, and that's it, they're one of the least demanding roaches to care for ever, take a while to get breeding, but once they do you won't be able to get them to stop... πŸ˜‚
  20. Not many downsides to keeping them on a substrate other than it being harder to find small nymphs if you need them, other than that not much can go wrong, and they'd probably appreciate a substrate TBH. πŸ˜„
  21. Welcome back, hope to see you active in the hobby again soon!
  22. It depends on the species, but most should have at least a moderate amount of lid and cross ventilation, be it holes melted/poked into the plastic of their bins, or mesh ventilation holes. Some genera, especially those in the subfamily Perisphaerinae, need very high amounts of ventilation, both lid and cross ventilation, to gestate their broods in a timely manner... Whereas other species like Dorylaea orini, Anallacta methanoides, and Lanxoblatta rudis do best with low ventilation levels, with the first two liking near stagnant conditions.
  23. Thanks, they are quite stunning in person, the nymphs are reddish but not quite as red as my oversaturated pictures of them make them look. πŸ˜… Well I just reobtained this species a couple months ago, my starter group of nymphs hasn't matured yet, (apparently they may be near maturity though, as @Cariblatta lutea's have started maturing, and he's who I got mine off of). They take forever to gestate their broods though, so it'll be a long time until I have any available.
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