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  1. smaller roaches in general are semipest or pest species they all produce fast try one of the larger blaberus species or even A.tessalata they are large roaches when older but all start out very small 1/8-1/4 inch the plus you can sell or even keep them as pets

    I would suggest a non climbing species the smaller the harder to contain

  2. yeah the color on the back and the face really looked off to me from the other large nymphs before they became adults.

    the nymph was also bigger in both thickness and length then the adults.

    guess I have too small a sample size to really think its not a glow spot we only had about 10 nymphs become adults with us so far I was judging by them.

  3. I found this guy in our glow spot bin very odd because it was all adults till they just started producing 2 months ago

    this is not a species I have in my collection and does not look like anything ive even seen (limited experience)

    it can not climb,looks to still be a nymph (similar looking to a Eublaberus species but not sure,its about 1.5 inches

    http://tinypic.com/r/qrnqjd/5

    http://tinypic.com/r/20ib8fr/5

    http://tinypic.com/r/2en24vl/5

    very cute nymph I would like to also find out the info cause im now interested in starting a colony lol

    thank you

    mike panzarella

  4. no such thing as too cheap its more how long you are willing to wait to get the price your comfortable paying

    I wouldnt discredit B.fusca they are a cool species check the size theres a big difference B.Gigantues is one of the longest species in the hobby if not the longest

    they will be more in the 3-4inch range

  5. they dont have wings we keep ours on mulch,eco earth,moss bedding about 5 inches deep with cork bark scattered around uptop

    also keep them on a similar diet to our other roaches carrots,oranges,dried leaves,and our roach chow (grain based) they dont seem to show more interest for any one food we are just careful and take out the carrots and oranges before they mold (also am very curious if they have a fav food)

    as for them glowing I hope its true have a bunch of the glow mushrooms set up waiting for them to grow out too feed them

  6. I have always loved reptiles growing up have tons of experience with many different species to start

    we were breeding ball pythons tons of fun and very rewarding but we wanted to try something else so we traded a few snakes and got a few pairs

    of bearded dragons.we instantly fell in love with these little dog like reptiles lol.from there we went up to about 20 adult dragons doing all the research we found that

    the roaches were the best food for them and spending all that money on crickets and worms was getting a little much.

    so we got out 1st colony of B.Dubia about 100 females and they produced well but not even close to enough so we invested alot more

    to expand the colony to be able to feed all the dragons and the babies.

    this is how things changed for me. Rich my business partner and cousin took care of all the reptiles and left me to keep then insects

    the problem was Im allergic to adult Dubia but really like taking care of them and just playing around with them

    from there we got G.proentensa and Eublaberus Posticus.

    I very much enjoyed watching these colonies grow and as they grew so did my fascination (seems like obsession lol)

    I started buying more species I picked up B.Laterlis,B.Craniifer,and A.tesselata.

    still wanting more over the next few months spent countless hours researching,learning,and looking for new species

    I made some big purchases adding E.SP Ivory,L.subcincta,e.floriana,N.Rhombifolia,E.decipiens,T.Olegrandjeani,B.giganteus,B.discoidlis

    and Keith gave us 2 female G.Oblongonota

    we now have 15 species of roaches,4 species of mantis,3 worms,and stick bugs and im happier then ever

    if we had not moved into Roaches by now we would of been done breeding reptiles the amount of work and money it cost to raise them was just insane

    it also changed our view with the business we decided to make prices reasonable for people to buy feeders and experience the roaches as pets

    granted all of our prices are not low its generally based off of how much we paid and how large our stock is most of our feeder prices are much lower then other places and once the colonies of the pet roaches grow out more we will lower the prices the best we can.

    sorry for the long story lol just one I actually love telling even when most people are like you breed roaches ewwwww

  7. that sounds like something to try I wouldnt use dog food but cutting down the ventilation could help build the humidity higer and add more platforms

    our Eublaberus Posticus is set up that way and it consistently producing more then enough

  8. rapashey did a study wile formulating his bug burger product very good read but seems I can never find it when this comes up lol

    wile this study was done on B.Dubia im sure it would hold true for the majority of roach species.

    his studies show the same thing higher protein diets on not good for roaches actually can be fatal and even further they could potentially be hazardous to feed to your animals.

    we started out using dog and cat food mixes,then switched to a wholesale product we purchased from a website that worked great (grain based) all over improvement

    from there we formulated our own chow that we use for all our roach species some dont eat it but its still offered these are species that eat more leaves and dead woods

    for our feeder species this is all they feed on and they eat a ton in the last two months we have used about 75lbs of our chow

  9. they are on flexwatt set to 90 4in sorry forgot to add that all our racks are heated

    I check the tape all the time to make sure its hot but ill have to go in the bins and manually check them

    the room itself doesnt go below 75 we incubate and raise alot of mantis also

  10. this colony to start off was 100 mixed nymphs 6 adults kept if a 56qt bin with 35% hole cut and screened for ventilation

    as this colony grew we noticed a superworm colony was also starting to grow it killed 7 adults (no nymphs) we got rid of the majority of the supers (all that we could find)

    few weeks later the colony is doing great 15-20 new adults molted all doing well

    after a few weeks I noticed one had died then a few days later another so I checked the bin for superworms and nothing

    I then moved them into a 45gal bin the front is about 80% screen

    it seems every few days I find a dead adult and I cant figure out why

    they are fed the same diet as always:roach chow,oranges,carrots,lettuce,bug burger (when Im not to lazy to make it)

    the substrate is eco earth,mulch,leaf litter,moss with dead branches and cork bark

    the deep end has about 6in for them to dig and what not

    I mist the bins every other day,the mist is depends on how much moisture is already in the bin

    im finding is very odd that its only adults and I think its mostly females dont always check the sex

    any Ideas

    the pic is the start of the bin alot more branches and cork bark was added it wouldnt let me upload that pic

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  11. I like to think of us as both a collector and distributor

    B.Dubia sell like crazy we sell over 50k a month

    the other 13-14 species we have only two are available for sale but they dont sell as well

    Blatta Laterlis,and Eubleberus Posticus

    the collection consists of

    B.Dubia

    E.posticus

    B.laterlis

    G.Portentosa

    A.Tesselata

    B.craniifer

    B.Gigenteus

    B.Discoidlis

    E.Ivory

    L.Subcincta

    N.Rhombifolia

    T.Petiveriana

    E.decipiens

    E.Floridana

    G.Oblononota

    think thats all 15 species not all are large colonys most are very small or just nymphs for the moment

    we also changed a few things around we had to add a new rack and started using smaller bins for the small colonies (as long as the species will fit)

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